Lemon Thyme Cheese Scones are not just another addition to the large collection of scone recipes out there. They stand out with a unique blend of flavors and textures. This is a good scone recipe although the texture is more biscuit-like. Their blend of flavors and textures makes them an great choice for afternoon tea or as a savory accompaniment to a bowl of soup or chili.
WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT THIS RECIPE?
- This easy cheese scone recipe is a game-changer. Why? It's the combination of zesty lemon with the subtle touch of your choice of fresh minced herbs, rounded out by the richness of cheese that make it stand out.
- Fluffy scones that offer a burst of flavor with every bite. While most scone recipes lean towards the sweet side, these savory scones present a delightful alternative.
IS THIS RECIPE BUDGET-FRIENDLY?
Absolutely! If you check the recipe card you'll find that this recipe falls under the "cheap" category on the ohthatsgood.com scale. It offers a delightful eating experience without putting a dent in your wallet.
For the full recipe with quantities, see the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Lemon: Adds a zesty flavor and helps in curdling the milk. Zest and juice are equally important.
- Fresh minced herbs: This is where you can get creative. While the recipe suggests thyme, feel free to use rosemary, parsley, or a mix of your favorites.
- Cheese: Mature cheddar, (also called aged cheddar) is ideal, but you can also explore with other hard cheeses.
- Self-raising flour: If you don't have the combination of plain flour, baking powder, and baking soda, self-raising, (self raising flour, self-rising flour) can come to the rescue.
- Whole milk: Prefer it over skimmed milk for tender scones.
- Cayenne pepper or mustard powder: A pinch can be added for an extra kick if you like your scones a tad spicy.
- Sweet scones: If you're in the mood for something sweet, replace the cheese with dried fruits or chocolate chips.
- Adding spices: A sprinkle of black pepper or even a touch of cayenne pepper can elevate the savory profile of the scones.
Apart from the given equipment like the small and medium bowls, pastry cutter (pastry blender), and microplane, having a large mixing bowl and food processor can make the mixing the dry ingredients process easier. Instead of a small cast-iron skillet, you can also use a baking tray. Once baked to golden brown perfection, transfer the scones to a wire rack on you work surface to cool.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes, once cooled, store them in an airtight container. They remain fresh for a couple of days.
A food processor is an excellent alternative. Alternatively, you can use two knives or even a wooden spoon to mix the butter into the flour mixture till you achieve small pieces resembling breadcrumbs.
Definitely! Sprinkle some of the remaining cheese on the tops before baking for an extra cheesy touch.
PRO BAKING TIPS
- Using cold butter and grating it ensures the fat gets distributed evenly. This will give you fine breadcrumbs consistency in the mixture, essential for fluffy scones.
- When cutting the dough, using a sharp biscuit cutter helps in getting well-shaped scones.
- Brushing the tops of the scones with a little milk or a little butter before baking gives them a beautiful golden sheen.
Lemon Thyme Cheese Scones
- Small bowl
- Microplane for zesting
- Medium bowl or large bowl
- Pastry blender
- cheese grater
- small cast iron skillet 6" diameter
- wooden spoon
- ¾ cups milk
- Juice and zest of ½ lemon
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ½ tablespoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoons fresh minced herbs you get to choose
- 4 tablespoons cold butter
- ¼ cup finely grated cheese I used cheddar
- Measure milk and pour into a small bowl. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the milk. Zest the lemon and add the zest to the milk. Drop the squeezed lemon half into the bowl. Let sit at room temperature until the milk curdles and becomes thick. Remove the lemon half and scrape any milk that might be stuck on it back into the bowl.
- In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and herbs. Whisk to mix well. Using a cheese grater, grate the cold butter into the dry ingredients. Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is in small pieces. Pour in the milk and cheese and stir only until the soft dough holds together.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and flatten into a thick circle about 6 inches in diameter. Cut the dough into triangles or cut with biscuit cutter.
- Place the cut dough in a small cast iron skillet or other baking pan. They will rise and spread out, so if you want them softer, place them about ½ inch apart. If you like them crispy place them farther apart. I cut mine into six triangles then put five in the skillet and the extra on a small baking dish. It's the perfect treat for the cook or taste-tester in the house.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- While the oven is heating allow the scones to rest in the freezer for up to 30 minutes. This helps them rise better but is optional. I did it with good results so I recommend it.
- Place the pan straight into the oven from the freezer and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven, brush tops with melted butter and enjoy while still warm.
Approximate nutrition information is provided as a convenience and courtesy only. You are encouraged to do your own calculations if precise data is required.
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Lemon Thyme Cheese Scones are the epitome of comfort and flavor. Whether you're looking for a new dish to introduce at your afternoon tea gatherings or just want to indulge in a savory treat, this easy recipe is your answer. The tenderness of the scones, combined with the tang of lemon and richness of cheese, will ensure this recipe finds a permanent spot in your collection. Enjoy them warm, with a dollop of butter, or at room temperature and watch them disappear in no time. Cheers to delightful and budget-friendly cooking!