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Easy cheese scones recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Kiwi Family Media


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 50 g butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup full-cream milk
  • 2 cups tasty cheese
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C and prepare a baking tray by dusting with a little flour, or greasing with a little butter.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and smoked paprika (if using). Cut the butter into small cubes, and rub through the flour until you have the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir through the tasty cheese, reserving a little for sprinkling on top of the scones.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the bowl and pour in the milk. Using a long, blunt knife quickly mix the milk with the dry ingredients until combined.
  5. Turn out onto the lightly floured baking tray and shape into a 2cm thick rectangle. With the long knife, cut into 6-9 even-sized scones, depending on how large you like your scones.
  6. Sprinkle over the reserved cheese, and a pinch more of smoked paprika (if using).
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the scones are golden.

Recipe Notes

  • Don't over mix your scone dough, as this creates a tough scone. Mix quickly with the knife, and when turning out, pat out your dough quickly and touch it as little as possible. Don't fuss over round shapes or perfect thickness.
  • Make the time between adding the milk and getting the scones in the oven as short as possible.
  • And make sure your oven is piping hot when the scones go in. This will help the scones to rise, making light, fluffy and delicious scones.