Three Ingredient Cheese Scones

Friday, 29 March 2019

What if I told you, you could make a delicious, light, flaky savoury scone using only three ingredients?  Its true! You can and these lovely scones are just that!  

I almost couldn't believe it when I read the recipe.  Three ingredients?  How could that be?  What would they turn out like?   I just had to try them out first hand. Three Ingredient Cheese Scones.

I was very pleasantly surprised.  I did not expect such positive results.  These were light, flaky and savoury.  Chock full of cheese.
Light, flaky and savoury scones that really do use only three ingredients.  Not only that, but they go together in a flash! What more could a person ask for!

These literally go together in about five minutes.  Seriously!  I kid you not!
You can put these together in about 5 minutes, pop them into the oven, bake and be enjoying them in less than half an hour. I was literally amazed at the speed and ease of preparation!

All you need is self-raising flour (self-rising), grated cheddar cheese and plain yogurt.  That's it! Three simple ingredients.

Three ingredients I always, always have in my refrigerator. Refrigerator basics and of course the flour. I always keep a variety of flours on hand.  Plain, self-raising, whole wheat, whole wheat self-raising, and a variety of bread flours. 

Did you know that you can keep your flour in the freezer?  In fact when it comes to whole grain or specialty flours that you may only use occasionally, it is the best way to keep them without them gong to waste.  
Simply pop the flour into a sealed container and then put it into the freezer. It will keep for ages and ages.  Just measure it out for any recipe you need it for and bring it to room temperature prior to using. Its that simple.

You can easily make your own self raising flour.  Simply add 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt  for every 140g/1 cup of plain flour.  Easy peasy!  

Putting these scones together is a real doddle. You measure the cheese and the flour together into a bowl and then stir with a fork to combine. Once you have done that, you then stir in the yogurt to make a soft dough.  Pat the  out to a rectangle . . .  cut . . .  then bake.

I love that you simply cut the dough into rectangles rather than stamping them out with a round cutter. No waste and no rerolling of scraps.
That means that they all turn out perfect.  Re-rolled/patted scones can sometimes come out a bit wonky and they won't rise quite as much.  They will also be not quite as tender.

These rise really nice and tall  . . .  and are so flaky. Use a sharp knife to cut them into the rectangles.
I like to use a nice strong cheddar for plenty of flavour when I am baking. The stronger the cheese the more flavour.   You also  have the option of sprinkling more cheese  on top  prior to baking for a lovely finish. I say why not!  More cheese please!!

These are lovely just served  plain and on their own.  They are excellent split and spread with softened butter.
And why not.  A bit of butter elevates the taste of anything in my opinion. Well, all things savoury at any rate!

Look at that lovely texture of these.  Isn't it beautiful?  I think they are just perfect! 

These are wonderful served for breakfast with butter, and yes, even jam.  Cheese and jam go really well together.  

They are wonderful served with salads also for a nice light lunch.

They are also pretty wonderful served with soups or, or stews for dinner.  
These are quitet lovely no matter what or when you serve them.  I can almost guarantee that they are sure to always be well received!

Yield: 10

Three Ingredient Cheese Scones

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Light, flaky cheese scones that go together in a flash.  You are sure to love these, and yes they only need three ingredients!


  • 300g self raising flour (2 cups plus 3 TBS)
  • 150g grated strong cheddar cheese (1 1/4 cups)
  • 250g  plain yogurt ( 1 cup)
  • 5 TBS grated strong cheddar to sprinkle on top


  1. Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  Line a baking tray with some baking paper set aside.
  2. Measure the cheese and flour into a bowl.  Stir together with a fork to combine completely.  Add the yogurt and quickly mix together to form a soft dough.  Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a couple of times until smooth.  Pat out into a rectangle 6 by 10 inches in size, and about 1 inch thick.  Cut into 10 rectangles.  Place the rectangles spaced apart on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle with the optional additional cheese if using.
  3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until well risen and golden brown.  Scoop onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving with plenty of cold butter for spreading.  Delicious!
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I found the original recipe written on a scrap of paper.  I suspect I had copied it out from a magazine at the Dentists or Doctor once upon a time.  I adapted it to use both Metric and American measurements.  You're welcome

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  1. Oh my I will have to try these ones!
    Who doesn't love a nice warm cheese scone slathered in butter LOL

    1. You must bake them Vicky! They're so good warm from the oven, and yes, slathered with butter! xo

  2. I have a vegetable and bean soup for dinner tonight and I shall make these to go with it - I have everything I need at home and I adore a hot cheesy treat. I'll let you know how I got along. I can already see me adding a pinch of cayenne pepper - I'm a recipe fiddler just like you.

    1. A pinch of cayenne would be a great addition Marie. Your soup sounds fabulous! I love a good bean soup! xoxo

    2. They were just as you promised - really quick and easy, plus they rose well so were light and fluffy. And they were delicious. I did add a pinch of cayenne and it married well with the flavours in the soup. I was thinking that if I served them with a minestrone or something like that, I could add some Italian herbs as well. It's a terrific basic recipe and so simple to make. Thank you.

    3. I am so pleased that you are pleased Marie! Yay! Love your suggestions to amp them up a bit as well! You're quite welcome! xoxo

  3. I bet they are wonderful..have never made a cheese scone..biscuits yes..Thanks Marie!

    1. You're welcome Monique! Hope you bake them and enjoy! xoxo

  4. I just printed this one too. I might have to make these this weekend -- I actaully have all the ingredients at hand!

    1. Oh, you are in for a real treat! I hope you enjoy them Jeanie! xoxo

  5. Could one press into circle and cut dough as triangles?
    Still likely yield 10?
    Marie,Thank you for your generous sharing.

    1. I can't see why not! Let me know how you get on! xoxo PS - I wouldn't cut into 10 in that case, maybe 8?

  6. I've made these! They are fab, light, tasty and made v quickly!

  7. Do you use full fat yoghurt?

  8. Sorry, it's me again. I am Marion by the way! It looks like you add 3 tablespoons!! Baking soda. I just can't make scones so need to be led by the nose. Do I add anything to the SR flour?

  9. Marion here. Ignore my post it's just dawned on me what you mean. Doh!!

    1. No worries Marion! I hope you like the scones! xo

  10. Will definitely be trying these this weekend will have to shop for yogurt, not a regular in my fridge not keen on it especially plain!!


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