Cheese scones

These are very yummy. Seriously. Grandmother's recipe.


Washing up


  • 8 oz plain flour, plus some for sprinkling
  • 1 level teaspoon of cream of tartar (white powder)
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 oz butter
  • 4 oz milk, plus some for glazing
  • 4 oz grated cheese


  • Scales (weighey things)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Oven
  • Surface that you can cover in flour without your flatmates getting upset over (ie a board)
  • Rolling pin (or a bottle or something)
  • Knife
  • Baking tray (metal thing)
  • Wire rack (allows air to get at the bottoms of the stuff cooling so it all gets nice and crispy)


  1. Put the flour, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl
  2. Rub in the butter (see above)
  3. Stir in the cheese
  4. Stir in the milk, a little at a time until it has been absorbed
  5. You will now have a softish dough
  6. Turn the dough onto the floured surface, and knead it lightly (repeatedly pound it with your fists)
  7. Use the rolling pin to roll it out so it's about 3/4 of an inch thick
  8. Put a fine sprinkling of flour on a baking tray. Or rub butter on it to grease it.
  9. Cut it into rounds, about 2 inches in diameter. You could use a glass or a mug as your cutter
  10. Get it out, and put it on your baking tray
  11. Press the left over bits of pastry together again, and repeat from step 6 until it's all on the baking tray
  12. Brush the pastry things with milk. Don't flood it, it just makes it shiny. Shiny is good.
  13. Bake it on a hot oven, 220c for 12 to 15 minutes. Look at them, they'll be goldeny brown when done
  14. Put them on your wire rack to cool

Best served hot in halves, with the soft middle on top, dripping with butter.