Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cheese Scones

These cheesy scones make a great breakfast or snack on the go.  The cheese plays an important role in imparting flavor and defines the taste of the final product. I combined grated Parmesan for the flavor and a sharp Cheddar for the bite. A hint of cayenne adds that extra kick. Once you have the ingredients measured out, it goes pretty quickly. So start by setting the oven to 400 degrees F, and get to work...
 Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 stick of butter 
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar 
1/4 cup milk or half and half 
Extra cheese for the topping

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.
2. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
3. Cut the butter into the bowl and mix with a dough blender or with your fingertips taking care to do it quickly so the butter does not melt. 
4. Combine the cheeses and add to the mix.
5. Make a well in the center and add in the milk a little at a time while mixing till it comes together in a ball. wrap and chill for a few minutes.
6. Flour a pastry board and roll out the dough. Using a cutter, cut out the scones and place them on the sheet ( space them well) Brush them with milk or half and half. Sprinkle with the extra cheese 
7. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes or until they are golden .  Serve warm. 
Note: They taste wonderful with a salad !