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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


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


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


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Susan said...

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. :)

Lyndsey said...

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!

elra said...

Delicious combination of cheddar cheese and fresh chives.

Sage said...

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

Pam said...

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


Pam said...

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!

À LA GRAHAM said...

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!

Erica said...

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

Debbi Smith said...

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

Rhiannon Nicole said...

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

JG said...

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

Karen Deborah said...

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

Pam said...

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!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

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

Pam said...

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

Nisrine@Dinners and Dreams said...

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

^..^Corgidogmama said...

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!

Mimi said...

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

~~louise~~ said...

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...

theUngourmet said...

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

Lynda said...

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

Alessandra said...

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

Pam said...

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!

Tiffanee said...

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

Bo said...

I love scones...these look so delicious!

Pam said...

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!