Sunday, 15 June 2014

Cheddar and Sage Scones

Cheddar and Sage Scones
First I would like to thank Swathi for giving me this opportunity to suggest bakes here at Baking Partners. 
Lets face it I am safe baker I prefer tried and trusted recipes, and a lazy baker for I hardly open the books I buy for baking (or cooking for that matter) for that matter take up elaborate recipes.
Now at Ahmedabad airport I had picked up The BBC Good Food Issue for two reasons one  it was a vegetarian one  and two there was a Gordon Ramsay recipe featured. Boy was I excited! Hardly sat in the plane and that was the first page I opened, but sadly will never make it as the recipe calls for phyllo sheets , something we do not get here and I have no patience to make  the sheets. So I just kept the magazine on the kitchen side shelf. I did not think I will use the magazine at all.
Then at work I saw Swathi’s message asking me to suggest bakes. I just casually mentioned savoury bakes like tarts, scone I was surprised when Swathi asked to make two.
 I panicked!
 Then I realised that at the back of my mind I had these two interesting recipes that I had noticed in the same magazine.  These scones are very simple and the only complaint against them at home was why only 8 pieces or rather make one more batch !   

The original recipe asked for fresh sage 10 leaves, 2 chopped fine and rest whole. I used dried sage.
The original recipe says baking time is 12-14 minutes I need 20.
Also you can roll the dough out in a square then cut it in quarters then the quarter in can be cut diagonally to get 8 triangles.

I suggest you shape out the dough in the tin or the tray you want to bake the scones.  My scones went a bit wonky as I was transferring them.

Cheddar and Sage Scones

Makes 8

Time needed: 45 minutes

Recipe Source:         


  • 225 grms + extra for dusting self rising flour
  • 1 ½ tsp english mustard powder
  • A pinch salt
  • A pinch pepper
  • 50 grms butter, chilled and cubed
  • 100 grms cheddar, grated
  • 1 tblspn dried Sage + ½ tblspn
  • 100 ml curds
  • 50 ml water
  • 1 tblspn oil, for greasing


  • Preheat oven to 220°C.
  • Grease and flour the baking tin.
  • Whip the curds and measure.  Adjust the water and whip it to get a smooth mixture. This will give you 150ml of buttermilk.
Making Buttermilk

  •  Set aside 1 tsp of buttermilk. This is for brushing on the scones.
  • Mix flour, mustard powder, salt, pepper in a bowl.

Flour ,Mustard, Salt and Pepper
  • Rub butter till the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
Rubbing Butter
  • Stir in ½ the cheese and   1 tblspn sage.
Cheese and Sage 
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the buttermilk.        
Adding Buttermilk

  • Quickly stir and mix well till the mixture forms soft and spongy dough.
The Dough
  • Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead to get smooth dough.
Shaping the dough

  • Roll in to 3 cms thick circle.  Cut in quarters then the quarters again to get 8 sectors.
Cutting the dough
  • Transfer to a baking tin.
Transferring to the prepared tin
  • Brush the remaining buttermilk.
Applying Buttermilk
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese and top with sage.
Arranging the Cheese and Sage
  • Bake for 20 minutes until they are well risen, golden and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

  • Serve warm with butter.

  • I could not resist cutting it to see the if the scones were spongy! 

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  1. I tried the tart and loved it..the scones looks awesome..would love to give it a try soon. Thanks for the wonderful recipes Archana

  2. Beautifully done dear..Thanx for the recipe,Archana..I too tried these,turned out lovely!!!:)

  3. Good proposals and a good idea to remember you have noticed the recipes were perfect for this Challenge. Your scones are perfect. Love it!. Thanks and cheers from Valencia

  4. Interesting recipe, thanks for sharing.

  5. Lovely scones....shud try them as my son is now off to school

  6. Great looking scones n simple too....

  7. Thank you for the challenge Archana, sorry for the confusion. Have updated my post with ur name and link. Thank you for pointing out dear.

  8. Thank you for the challenge Archana, sorry for the confusion. Have updated my post with ur name and link. Thank you for pointing out dear.

  9. Thank you for the challenge Archana, sorry for the confusion. Have updated my post with ur name and link. Thank you for pointing out dear.

  10. Thanks for this yummy recipe,loved it..yours looks super tempting


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