These light and fluffy Cheese Scones with Cheddar Cheese and Spring Onions make the most delicious savoury afternoon tea baked goods. They will also be great for breakfast, the lunchbox, snack or even as an appetiser!
Place the Flour, Salt, Mustard Powder and Garlic Powder (if using them) in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
Add the Cold Butter sliced into small cubes (1) and cut it in the dry ingredients by hands, with a pastry blender or in your food processor. Cut it in until you should see only small chunks of butter and the flour looks evenly coated in butter.
Whisk in the finely Grated Cheddar Cheese and thinly chopped Spring Onion.
Create a well in the centre of the bowl and pour in the Milk. With a spatula (or hands), incorporate the dry ingredients and Milk until the dough starts to come together. Try not to overwork the dough.
Tranfer over a lightly floured surface (2) and roll the dough into a circle about 2 cm - 3/4 inch thick.
Using a Round Cookie Cutter (3), cut out the Scones and place them over a flat baking tray lined with baking paper.
Any leftovers can be re-rolled and cut into more scones, but I highly recommend letting the dough rest in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes before re-rolling the dough.
Preheat your oven on 180'C/350'F and place the scones over the baking tray in the fridge while the oven is preheating.
Optional: when your oven reaches the desired temperature, whisk the egg yolk into a small bowl and brush it over the top of each scones to give them a golden colour. Sprinkle a little but more grated Cheddar over the Egg Wash.
Bake for about 20 minutes (4) or until puffed and golden. Transfer oven a cooling rack and leave to cool down before serving.
Recipe Yield: this recipe will make 9 Small Scones or 6 Large Scones.
It is important to use cold butter to create a flaky texture. I personally cut my butter into small cubes but you could also grate it in.
I usually cover my work bench with some baking paper so that the process is less messy
I used a 7 cm / 2,5 inch Fluted Cookie Cutter to make small scones, but you can use a slightly bigger cookie cutter if you prefer to make larger scones.
It could take a little bit longer depending on the size of your scones and your oven