4 February 2013

* Cheese and Mustard Scones

I keep hitting my self destruct button on this diet. Yesterday we went to Chiquitos for a late lunch after watching The Hobbit in the cinema, and I thought I'd been really good - even if I had just consumed 170g of galaxy minstrels.... and a bowl of nachos. I don't know why I thought this was okay - maybe because I was still hungry I decided that I couldn't possibly have been too seriously naughty...

There are 24 propoints in 170g of minstrels... 24 propoints... 24 propoints.... THAT'S ALMOST AN ENTIRE DAY'S ALLOWANCE!!! Oh. My. God. I thought maybe 10 or 15... but 24??!!

Who knew?

I certainly didn't.

Now those of you that are somewhat slender and that disappear when standing side on to a lamp post... are probably thinking "How on earth did you manage to eat THAT MANY minstrels??!!?"

The answer?

...one. at. a. time.

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Makes 6

Prep time - 5 minutes
Cooking time - 10 - 15 minutes

You will need
A bowl or food mixer
A baking sheet covered in greaseproof paper

225g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
50g butter - chopped into small pieces
125g Cathedral City Light Cheese (or other low fat sharp/cheddar)
1 tsp whole grain mustard
150ml skimmed milk
Black Pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 180c/160cfan/350f/gas 4.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Then add the butter and rub it in with your fingers (or use a food mixer) until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Don't over do it though. Large breadcrumbs are preferable to fine. Add the cheese and stir through, then add the mustard and the milk. Mix together to form a dough.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead lightly to form a ball. Roll out into a circle of about 1 inch thick and divide into 6 equal segments.

Place on the baking sheet covered in greaseproof. Brush with milk and grind fresh black pepper over the top. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes until the tops are golden and the scone is cooked through.

Allow to cool slightly before slicing open and spreading with butter (or low fat spread). Lovely served with soup!


NOTE: I've used low fat products (the cheese and milk) in a bid to make it slightly healthier, but you can of course use full fat cheese and milk to make these.

7 propoints per scone


  1. I'm pretty terrible when it comes to diets myself so I wish you luck with yours. And the scones look awesome! :)

    1. Thanks Alanna - although the diet has already gone bust ;-)

  2. Gosh, this has been on my mind all day. I may just try this recipe, weekend!

    1. Smother them in butter, Sharon - it's the only way to eat 'em :D

  3. I made these with your Leek & Potato Soup, because I've always wanted to try scones ever since hearing Buffy mentioned them once when making fun of Giles, way back in Season 2, which was, like, 15 years ago.

    Yes, I know I'm messed up. But still, these were delicious, and I was so surprised how easy they were to throw together! My 15-yo helped me -- she was all, "Ooh! Scones! How very British!" -- and was disappointed for a minute when she found out these were savory rather than sweet . . . but only for a minute. She's rather upset I wouldn't let her eat more than one, and she has demanded that I make these more often. :-)

    1. Can I adopt her? Can she come live with me and heap on the praise? I need her. Truly.

      Gotta say, that's one hell of a memory for Buffy season 2 - unless you've been watching re-runs. Loved Buffy (and Angel) but have no memory for these things whatsoever.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the *scones* - I shall endeavour to make some sweet ones for a Cornish Cream Tea - and I may even share the recipe ;-) x


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