Cheesy scones are the perfect savoury scones and these cheese scones with chilli flakes really are the perfect comfort food snack, breakfast or afternoon tea recipe!
My favourite scones are savoury cheese ones. My mum used to make them when I was little and I loved them straight out of the aga with butter melting in. I also like the sweet ones with jam and a little cream, but I can take them or leave them and would rather have a piece of cake if I had a choice.
But going back to cheese scones. Well, if you make me fresh cheese scones with melting butter, I will be a very happy woman.
What makes these cheese scones special?
All cheese scones are lovely but these ones are on another flavour level! I didn't want to make scones with just cheese. I wanted to add a little extra flavour and so I chose to add thyme and chilli flakes. The thyme is brilliant in these scones and so are the chilli flakes.
What if you just want plain old cheese scones?
I understand that not everyone likes to add extra chilli heat to their scones. If that's you then just miss the chilli flakes out. These chilli cheese scones are still tasty without the chilli heat!
Can you adapt the recipe for these cheese scones?
As well as adding extra (yes, that's possible too!) or omitting the chilli flakes you could also vary the herbs. Why not try basil or chives instead of the thyme?
If you don't have any dried chilli flakes you can finely dice a fresh chilli pepper or use diced jalapenos instead too.
You can also switch to a different cheese. I like to use mature cheddar as it's full of flavour but you can use another hard cheese if you prefer. Try to use one that's fairly strong though so the flavour comes through in the scones.
How long do these scones last for?
Scones are best eaten when fresh. Ideally soon after coming out of the oven so they are still a little warm and the butter melts in.
However, you can store them in an airtight box for a couple of days or keep them in the fridge for about 5 days.
How to reheat scones
As I said, these cheese scones with chilli are best eaten warm but maybe you can't manage them all at once! I just heat the oven to 160C and pop the scones in for 5 minutes on a baking tray. You can microwave them but they can loose some of their lovely crumbly texture and go a bit soggy in the microwave.
If you can't reheat them then let them come to room temperature and eat them as they are.
However you eat them, I'm sure they won't last long.
More Scone recipes
Why not check out the recipes for my apple, sultana and cinnamon scones?
Cheese Scones with a Chilli Kick
- 200 g self-raising flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- 40 g butter
- 100 g mature cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 100 ml milk
- Sieve the flour and salt into a mixing bowl.
- Chop the butter into cubes and add to the flour. Rub together with your fingertips until it is like fine breadcrumbs.
- Add most of the cheese, the herbs and chilli flakes. Mix together then begin adding the milk. Add a little at a time and mix in with a knife. It should form a dough.
- Sprinkle a bit more flour on the work surface. Turn the dough out and knead gently for about a minute.
- Press the dough down until it is about 2-3 cm thick.
- Using a dough cutter or a cup/glass, press down on the dough to cut out circles. Put onto a greased baking sheet.
- Sprinkle the reserved cheese onto the top of the scones and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at about 200°C.
- Cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack, then slice in half, spread with butter and serve immediately.