Herb and Cheddar soda bread scones

Herb and Cheddar soda bread scones


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About this recipe: Revive the tradition of homemade bread in your house with these fast and easy-to-make soda bread scones. There's no rolling out or cutting required, so they go from mixing bowl to oven in just 15 minutes.

Norma MacMillan

Serves: 18 

  • 250g (9oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp snipped fresh chives
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 40g (1½oz) butter, cut into pieces
  • 55g (2oz) reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 175ml (6fl oz) buttermilk
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:27min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 230°C (450°F, gas mark 8). Line a baking tray with baking parchment or coat with cooking spray or a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix together the flour, chives, thyme and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl.
  2. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in half of the cheese. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk. Mix with a fork until a soft, sticky dough forms.
  3. Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough on to the baking tray, making 18 mounds. Brush them with the egg white and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 12 minutes or until puffy and golden.

Some more ideas

*Use other herbs instead of chives and thyme. Snipped fresh basil and sage are good choices.
*Try reduced-fat mozzarella or feta cheese as a change from Cheddar.

Health points

Despite its name, buttermilk is low in fat and it makes an excellent liquid for baking. It makes these scones extra light. If you don't have any buttermilk to hand, you can use sour milk instead: stir 1 tbsp of either vinegar or lemon juice into 225ml (8fl oz) skimmed milk and leave until the milk curdles.

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Very easy to make and they taste amazing! - 14 Nov 2010

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