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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cheddar and Chive Scones

The first time I made scones was a disaster.  It was years ago and they were inedible.  They were dry as a bone, crumbling into a hundred pieces.  Looking back at the recipe, I realized there was no liquid in it and that surely must have been the problem.  Now, I have moved on this to this great recipe and thankfully they are moist and hold their shape. 

The scone is a small British quick bread that is popular in North America also and can be sweet or savory.  The early recipes were made with oats, prepared into a large round cake and baked on a cast iron griddle in an open hearth.  To make it easily divide into portions, they were deeply scored before being baked. 

A scone is a wonderful thing:  buttery, soft yet firm with being very easy to make.  They are a lot like biscuits but do tend to get hard once they are cold, probably because the dough is on the dry side.  That’s OK though; just dunk them in a cup of coffee or tea!

This scone recipe includes lots of cheddar cheese, butter and chives.  I think maybe even a little lemon zest would give them great additional flavor.  One taste of these will tell you just how delicious they are!



Cheddar and Chive Scones

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 stick butter, cut into ¼” slices
2/3 cup heavy cream, plus 1 tablespoon for brushing
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chives

Method:

Heat oven to 425 degrees. 
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper.
Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until mixture becomes like coarse crumbs.
Stir in 2/3 cup cream.
Add cheese and chives and combine with hands, dough will be crumbly.
Knead dough until it comes together.
Form into a ball and flatten slightly to 1” thick.
Transfer to a baking sheet.
Slice into quarters and then cut each quarter in half.
Brush tops with remaining cream.
Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve warm

Delicious!!!





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26 comments:

  1. Those scones look fabulous Pam! I love scones and when blueberries are in season I make a Blueberry/Lemon one that is wonderful. I will have to try these. :)

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  2. Great! Scones are on my list to try to make, but I wanted a good tried and true recipe that wasn't too dry. My daughter made her cheddar bisuits yeaterday! I will bookmark these so I can make them on a weekend when we can eat them right away! Thanks Pam, perfect timing!

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  3. Delicious combination of cheddar cheese and fresh chives.

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  4. Those scones lood wonderful!love the idea of adding chives to the mix; thank you!
    Rita

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  5. Oh scones....how I love thee...let me count the ways...he he! Sure looks good Pam!

    xoxo

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  6. Susan, blueberry scones are one of my favorites and I bet yours are yummy!


    Lyndsey, oh! Those cheddar cheese biscuits sound great. Wish I had one of them now! Bet you two have a great time with the cooking and baking! Sounds like fun to me!

    elra, thanks! Glad you like the combo!


    Sage, those chives are a wonderful thing and I use them every chance I get.


    Pam, are you still counting? I'd go on forever. Thanks for the visit!

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  7. Pam these look awesome. I have cheddar and chive biscuits on my list but I may have to do a few adj's after seeing this!

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  8. YUM! Whats not to love? I'm not sure I've ever had a savory scone before- but it looks super tasty :

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  9. These look excellent! I love scones! Not very low calorie but certainly a treat.

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  10. These sound and look divine!! Now you have me all hungry :) xx

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  11. Oh, Scones - Yummy! Your Cheddar & Chive flavored look so good!

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  12. Scones are delicious love em, they are just big biscuits!

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  13. A LA GRAHAM, great! Scones work too!

    Ercia, I like the sweets ones also but this is good for a change!

    Debbie Smith: Yes, all the things I love are not low in calories. So sad...

    Rhiannon Nicole, thank you! Now you can go eat! xx

    JG, thanks! I love these scones!

    Karen Deborah, you're so right! They are just like one big biscuit!

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  14. These are beautiful! And sound so delicious with cheddar and chives.

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  15. Cinnamon-Girl, thank you! Love those scones and know you love scones also!

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  16. What fabulous scones. I think I'd love a sandwich in one of those.founizin

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  17. Oh me oh my.....I put chives in everything as it is....but this looks divine! Tea, and a warm one of these, or two....ok, add a pat of butta....stop me, stop me!

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  18. I love scones and make them often, but I have never made a savory scone. Now appears to be the time.
    Mimi

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  19. The first and last time I made scones they were such a disaster I just could never bring myself to make them again.

    I really should reconsider since testing my "sea legs" again. I love the chive-y cheese notion. I'm going to bookmark this just in case.

    Thanks for sharing, Pam...

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  20. Such wonderful scones! I agree with you about the lemon zest, it would be terrific in these.

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  21. Mmmmm - delicious ! I like the sound of adding the lemon zest, too :)

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  22. They sound delicious! I can imagine them just out of the oven...mmmh!

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  23. Nisrine@Dinners and Dreams, never thought about that! Yes, a sandwich would work!

    corgidogmama, I add chives most of the time also. Butter it up good too! Gotta' love that butter!!!

    Mimi, I know what you mean! Both kinds are great and make for a tasty treat!

    ~~louise~~, the same here! The first ones were so bad, it took me years to work up the courage to try them again! Hope you try these!

    theUngourmet, thank you! Yes, I think the next time will be with lemon zest. It adds a little zip to everything!

    Lynda, great minds think alike with the lemon zest! Yum!

    Alessandra, that's the way I like them ~ straight out of the oven and slather some butter on it. Great!

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  24. These look and sound fabulous! I have been wanting to try a scone like this. I will be making some soon. Thanks for sharing!!

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  25. I love scones...these look so delicious!

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  26. Tiffanee, Great! It's good to see you! Hope you like them!

    Bo, I do too! They are delicious and thank you for stopping by!

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Keep smiling,
Pam