Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Scones

Nearly a month ago I posted a relatively successful and jolly good recipe for traditional British scones, doesn’t time go quickly? Following this my recipe received a number of comments specifically requesting a savoury version of my wonderful tea-time snacks. So, here is the recipe at least 3 of you have been waiting for!

These scones are actually more of a variation than a recipe in their own right, in that they use an identical base recipe to the originals; cheese and garlic have simply been added in lieu of sugar. I can report however, that they are quite delicious and that these little wonders are scone enough for anyone’s taste buds. I found that the one’s that emerged from my oven, or rather my mother’s, had a subtle yet definite flavour – perfect since no one likes being overpowered by barely cooked garlic. They also smelt divine, with the cracked black pepper adding to the aroma more than one might suppose.

Again, these are perfect served with a little salted butter, however, they probably work best as part of a lunch or as an aperitif, rather than as a tea-time snack. Actually, if one were to make both types one would be pretty much set for all circumstances of pomp – elevenses, afternoon tea, high tea… traditions which, although no longer widely adhered to, my Grandparents still more or less follow.

Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Scones

Makes 8-9 Savoury Scones


• 225g self-raising flour

• 75g salted butter

• A pinch of salt

• A generous handful of mature cheddar, preferably British in origin

• 2 cloves of garlic, mashed

• 1 egg

• 2 tbsp milk

• A little cracked black pepper


1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Sift the salt and flour into a large mixing bowl and then rub in the butter until the consistency is that of fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the cheese and the garlic.

2. Beat together the milk and egg in a separate bowl. Add almost all of it to the dry mixture and stir. Bring it together by hand, into a soft, but not sticky, ball of dough.

3. Gently roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until roughly an inch thick. Cut the scones out with a 5cm baking ring.

4. Place the scones onto a floured baking tray, brush with the milk and egg, sprinkle with cracked black pepper and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Cost: These are slightly more expensive than the sweet scones as they contain cheese. However, they still weigh in at a damn reasonable 90p. Not bad at all, that still works out at around 10 pence a scone!

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85 comments on “Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Scones

  1. Megan Ramaley
    September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Loving this! I’m not usually a scone fan, but something about the savory ingredients in this one makes me want to try it 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

      They are really lovely. I had a couple for breakfast this morning. Delicious.

  2. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    September 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Oh, you cannot beat a good scone – sweet or savoury and yours look fantastic! I will eat them at any hour of the day, I’m not fussy. 😉
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

  3. cookinginsens
    September 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Wow! Garlic and cheddar. I’ve tasted scones in Ireland and England with jam and cream; like Megan, not a big deal for me. But I’m sure I’d like your scones!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

      Someone suggested the flavouring and they just sounded really appealing. Sweet scones are a big deal for me, especially with clotted cream, but these work very very well. If you cook them you won’t regret it, if simply for the smell.

  4. Goblin Kitchen
    September 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Lovely! though I think my butt is getting bigger just looking at your photos. If I make these, I am sure to eat them all myself before the family gets home.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

      I’m sure it isn’t 😛 I’m finding it hard not to scoff them all, but I’m succeeding, sort of.

  5. gnashingrefined
    September 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    oooo baby!

  6. ceciliag
    September 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    mm.. i do onion and cheese, i will try the garlic! c

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

      It adds so much, not least a great aroma.

  7. Savory Simple
    September 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    These look decadent.

  8. daisy
    September 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm


  9. jessicahmacpherson
    September 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Mmmm those look and sound scrumptious! Thanks!

  10. Jereme's Kitchen
    September 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I luv savory scones! savory anything really

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

      Me too, these are so delicious. Fairly subtle too.

  11. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    September 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Wow those look awesome. I love how tell they cooked up!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

      I wasn’t sure if they’d rise properly with all the cheese, but they worked incredibly well. I’m very pleased.

  12. The Swedish Chef
    September 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    These look absolutely wonderful. And I envy your little scone-ring!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

      I let it know, it doesn’t like its life…

  13. mzakrzew
    September 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    wowowowowow! I’m obsessed with scones right now, and those look like something beamed down from heaven. Too bad I’m allergic to dairy 🙁

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

      I am a little bit too. They must do non dairy cheese substitutes… although the idea sounds dreadful.

  14. ChgoJohn
    September 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    These sound great and your opening picture looks delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

      Thanks! I think it’s one of my favourites.

  15. lambyknits01
    September 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Drool! Cheese and butter? Yes, please! These look and sound delicious 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

      You know, we’ve started getting through far too much butter here. We never ever used to buy it, now it’s disappearing at a rate of knots.

  16. Dalai Lina
    September 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering!!!

  17. Clare Cooks!
    September 27, 2011 at 12:09 am

    These sound absolutely delicious! I’ll have to add them to my ‘To Bake’ list.

  18. Kimby
    September 27, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Great variation! I keep looking at that last photo… and the first one… and… 🙂

    P.S. I once had high tea at Harrod’s — happy times.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

      Very nice! I’ve never done that. I think I’ve only been to Harrods once.

  19. lapiattini
    September 27, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Yum~ great idea using the baking ring. I feel kinda silly I never thought of that!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

      It gives them a classic crinkled effect. Makes them prettier… What do you use?

  20. inpursuitofrealfood
    September 27, 2011 at 5:17 am

    oh my god, I want one right now!

  21. Angie's Recipes
    September 27, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Those scones look fantastic! I want a few for the breakfast!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:31 am

      A few?! Blimey. I just had 2 and I’m full…

  22. foodieonthe49th
    September 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Those look amazing with the glistening butter in them. I always have such a hard time making pastry. I think I usually overwork the dough.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

      I thought that might work quite well. You needn’t work the dough at all in this recipe. Simply crumb the flour and butter and then bring it together. No need to work it at all. You should check out my recent post on pastry.

  23. healthylion
    September 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I’m pretty bad at baking but this looks really good, so i will give it a try

  24. foodloversmania
    September 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    yummi ;p

  25. Closet Runner
    September 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Oh my! Those look wonderful! I will definitely be making these this week. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  26. chicaandaluza
    September 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I adore scones and particularly like savoury ones. I am going to send a link of your website to my god daughter who has just started her midwfery studies – she keeps asking me about low cost recipes to keep her going on her student budget!

  27. Joanne
    September 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Those scones look incredible! My mouth is seriously watering.

  28. cookingcarmen
    September 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    these look amazing!

  29. stumblebunny
    September 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    In the US people go crazy for a certain seafood chain’s cheddar bay biscuits. These look approximately 1 billion times better (rough estimate).

  30. kaseyfahey
    September 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    These look incredible! I will definitely have to try these next time I’m in the mood to bake. Anything with cheddar cheese and garlic is for me!

  31. aslolife
    September 28, 2011 at 12:36 am

    These look delicious–love how fluffy they are!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

      They were really surprisingly light – I had expected the cheese to make them a little heavier, but no!

  32. A.F.
    September 28, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I’m quite sure I’ll get fat if I make these because I would probably eat them all in one day. But they look so wonderfully delicious and eye-catching!

  33. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine
    September 28, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Those sound and look absolutely delicious. That first picture made me swoon. 🙂

  34. sugarandsomething...
    September 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Definitely want to try these!

  35. ambrosiana
    September 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Very creative!! Never seen a recipe of garlic and cheese scones!! Must taste delicious!!!

  36. dawnmentzer
    September 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    They look AMAZING!

  37. foulmouthedkitchen
    September 29, 2011 at 2:03 am

    the butter pools make me want to swim in them, so yummy looking!!

  38. Leah
    September 29, 2011 at 6:07 am

    These look amazing! I LOVE scones. And savory scones with cheese — WOW!

  39. tanyab1990
    September 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    So tasty looking! Garlic and cheese area a magic combination – can’t wait to try them. Thanks!

  40. thedeliciousphilosophy
    September 30, 2011 at 2:38 am

    these look awesome! and just in time for the cold weather : )

  41. Jen
    September 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    These look fantastic!I love garlic and cheese. Will have to try them.

  42. Joy
    October 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    These look simply marvelous. I can’t wait to try them.

  43. ChristinaStallings
    October 2, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Umm – YUM. Thank you for sharing – great photos too!

  44. Veronika
    October 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    … those look amazing, and while I am on a no-bread no-sugar kick myself now (or trying to be), I’ll certainly try them. However, I do have a question – is it just me, or did you omit the step at which you add the cheddar from your instructions?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks, please try them. I’ll take a look at that mistake.

  45. funnyloveblog
    October 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Oh for the LOVE of all that is good and holy I’m going to get fat via your recipes.

  46. K
    October 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    These look great…love the pictures!

  47. Ginger&Fennel
    October 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    These look amazing – although it usually comes to blows in our house when we have to decide between sweet and savory scones!

  48. Sherri
    October 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    These look so good!

  49. Corina
    October 23, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    These do look good. I haven’t tried putting garlic in scones before but I love garlic bread and all things garlicy so I might try this variation another time.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      The combination works perfectly and makes one’s house smell great.

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