OK, so we have a cake shop. Which generally means our major food group is sweet, sweet and more sweet. But occasionally, very occasionally, we digress to something a little more savoury.
However, we don’t want to fall too far away from the British ideal, so what we have invented is The Savoury Cream Tea…..oh yes people….Cream Tea with our other favourite food group – cheese – how could we possibly go wrong?!
The Original Daisy Cake Savoury Cream Tea consists of 2 delishly, freshly baked cheese scones, cream cheese and pickle, all washed down with a cuppa straight from the pot! And for dessert you could always have a traditional Sweet Cream Tea, or would that be too much?
So, hands up who wants to make some easy cheese scones? Yup, thought you would…….
450gms Self Raising Flour
1tspn Mustard Powder
1tspn Cayenne Pepper
125gms Strong Hard Cheese (we use Lyburn Cooking but mature cheddar is fine)
70gms Rapseed or Sunflower Oil
70gms Cream Cheese
100ml Milk plus some for brushing the tops
Preheat your oven to 220c (200c fan), 400f or Gas Mark 6.
Line a baking sheet with baking parchment
Sieve the flour, mustard and cayenne pepper together into a large mixing bowl
Grate the hard cheese and mix it through the flour
Add all the other ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. It’s best to get your (clean) hands in to make sure is properly mixed into a sticky dough
Dust the work surface with flour and turn out your dough.
Knead very lightly for 30 seconds or so.
Now you can either go for the rustic look or the cut look…..for the rustic look divide your dough into 12, roll into balls and place on your baking sheet. For a cut look, press the dough to about 1 inch thick and with a 6cm Round cutter, cut 12 scones and place on your baking sheet.
Lightly brush with milk, making sure your don’t let it dribble down the side as it impairs the rise.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until well risen, golden brown and making your kitchen smell amaaaaazing!
Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool, or just scoff the lot warm.
We always serve our scones warm…..they just taste so much better. To warm cold scones, pop in the oven, preheated to 170c (150c fan), 325f or gas mark 3 for just 3 to 5 minutes.