Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Cheesy buttermilk scones with chives

I had some leftover buttermilk from the chocolate cake (which, to update, apparentely arrived safely and in one piece in South Wales. Or at least thats what I've been told- I remain very suspicious as to the general wellbeing of that particular cake on its 200 mile journey, not to mention its jaunt round London beforehand). So, I decided to put the buttermilk to good use and make some savoury scones, while also using up a chunk of cheese I had left over from some pasta sauce earlier in week. The sense of satisfaction and feeling of helping-the-environment-reducing-food-waste from using up not one, but TWO leftover ingredients was immense. I kid you not.

Anyways, the scones were courtesy of  Delia (whose website, fact-fans is apparentely celebrating its 10th anniversary this month).

The recipe goes a little like this, for six scones:

Sift 6oz/175g self raising flour into a bowl, add half a level teaspoon of mustard, half a level teaspoon of salt and a really good pinch of cayenne. Mix. Rub in 25g/1 oz of butter, until all nice and crumbly. Mix in 75g of grated cheese (I used mature chedder, Delia suggests Cheshire Cheese), with 1 tablespoon of chopped chives.
Beat 1 egg with two and a half tablespoons of buttermilk and gradually add to the dry ingredients, firstly with a knife and then with your hands to make a soft dough. If it seems dry, add a little more buttermilk. Don't overwork the dough at this stage, otherwise you'll end up with heavy scones. And no one wants heavy scones right? Right.
Roll out to 1 inch thick (no less than 1 inch thick otherwise your scones won't rise). Using a cutter (or an upturned glass), cut out the scones. You may need to re-roll the dough to cut out all six.
Place your scones on a baking sheet that is well greased with butter. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle a little cheese and a tiny little bit of cayenne on each scone. Bake on a high shelf for 15-20 minutes until your scones are risen and golden.  

Then cool a little on a wire rack, but they are super tasty warm, spread with lots of nice butter. And perfect with some homemade soup.

Voila, lovely savoury scones!

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