Ploughman's Scones

Thursday 30 September 2010

A few days ago I didn't think it was possible to make a cheese scone taste any better then it did already.

And then . . .

I had a brainstorm.

What if you took a really good cheese scone recipe . . . one that produced light and flaky scones with really cheesy flavours . . .

and then filled them with some tasty chutney before baking??? Just so that the scones bake up light and fluffy, but with delicious chutney oooooozing out the sides . . .

No need to butter these. Just bring on the ham, thickly sliced . . .

and perhaps a pear or two,

Cheesy Scones with tangy chutney centres. I used a delicious Apple and Pear Windfall chutney that I got at Marks & Sparks.

Two words. Nom Nom! What a tasty way to end the month!

*Ploughman's Scones*
Makes about 9
Printable Recipe

Nom Nom!

8 1/2 ounces plain flour (2 cups)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 TBS chilled butter, cut into bits
4 ounces grated strong cheddar cheese (1 cup)
2 heaped Tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan Cheese
Cayenne pepper to taste
250 ml of whole milk (1 cup)
a smooth chutney (I used Marks and Spencers Windfall chutney, containing apples and pears)

Preheat the oven top 205*C/425*F/ gas mark 6. Lightly butter a baking tray. Set aside.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Add the butter and rub it in quickly with your fingertips until the mixture is mealy. Stir in the cheeses and the cayenne pepper. Add the milk and stir until the dough is soft, adding a touch more milk if necessary.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surgace and knead a couple of times before patting out 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rounds with a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter.

Take a sharp knife and make a hole in the side of each biscuit, widening it with your index finger. Spoon in a half teaspoon or so of chutney and then place onto the prepared baking sheet. Reroll scraps and repeat, until all the dough it used up.

Bake in the upper third of the oven until well risen and golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. The chutney will leak out a bit, but that's ok. It only adds to their scrumminess! Serve warm, or at room temperature.


  1. ooh these are so tasty. I followed a recipe that i made that had cheese and branston pickle pastys, they were the best ever. i could eat tehm everyday....
    so yeah, i dont make them that much!
    these look amazingly delish!

  2. Oh, my! These are making my mouth water right now, Marie--and I'm supposed to be going to sleep! These are a definite must-try--very soon! Conference weekend, perhaps?!

    Thanks for all the gastronomical wonders you share, dear friend! Sending you some warm California breezes and lots of love.....


  3. These are so delicious! I want to try this one. I hope it will turn out great!

  4. Aren't the Ploughman lucky!! The combo of apples, pears and cheese is perfection.

  5. These sound a bit more-ish! A sludgey English October afternoon, a roaring fire, a pot of tea and these fresh from the oven. Ahhhhh bliss!

  6. Oooh I love this! Love scones, love ploughman's, what could go wrong?!

  7. Those sound fantastic! I'm going to make some chutney one of these weekends and then I'll have to try these out. Yummmm!

  8. AS you would say..these look scrummy!:)

  9. OH, MY GOODNESS, Marie... this is pure genius! The best of all tastes in one...mmm... I am already missing the great cheddar cheese & chutney or Branston sandwiches from the fave! Hard to get really good cheddar here... and no Branston.:o( Chutney is possible though... So I must make these, and soon! LOVE YOU HEAPS ((BIG HUGS))

  10. Oh Marie- comfort food at it's best. Just what I need today!
    xoxo Pattie

  11. Brilliant idea Marie - they look lovely!

  12. Great idea Marie, infact I've just been given a pot of plum chutney with a note ' do not eat until Christmas' on it, so my next quesion is... Will save this recipe till then or will I have to source another chutney to try this out on???

    Yeah, you're right, I'll have to use the rhurbarb chutney and give it ago sooner!

    Thanks Marie - love you!


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