Cheesy Chive & Cayenne Scones
I love spicy food. Combine that with cheese and I’m all in. That makes my Cheesy Chive & Cayenne Scones a perfect option for breakfast, snack, lunch or with dinner. These scones are great with just butter, and were wonderful with my chicken tortellini soup.
Scones are really pretty easy to make too. Just don’t over mix them and make sure that your butter is cold. I start by combining the flour with the salt, pepper, baking powder, sugar and cayenne pepper. Then I use a box grater to grate over the cold butter. Then mix together gently to cover the butter with the flour. After that’s done, mix in the cheese and chives.
Then stir in the milk and combine until just holding together. I have used cashew or almond milk combined with vinegar here when I’m out of cow’s milk (we just don’t use cow’s milk that much in my house) and it works well.
Finally, just turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and press into an circle about eight inches wide. Cut into six wedges and place on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. Brush with some buttermilk and bake for about twenty to twenty-five minutes or until done. Enjoy!
Fluffy, cheesy biscuits with chives and a hint of heat from cayenne pepper.
- 210 grams all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ¾ teaspoons sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne
- 57 grams (4 tablespoons) butter, cold
- 2/3 cup buttermilk, (cashew or almond milk plus vinegar is fine), plus about a tablespoon to brush on top
- 1 tablespoon dried chives
- ¾ cups grated cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). (I also line my baking sheet with a silicone liner)
Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, pepper and cayenne.
Grate in the cold butter and mix so it’s all covered in flour. Add the cheese and chives.
Add milk, starting with half of the amount and mix together with a fork or your hands until it comes together in a ball. It shouldn’t be sticky, should just come together. Don’t over mix. Add more flour, a little at a time if you need to.
Place ball on floured counter, flatten into about an 8-inch round.
Cut like a pizza or pie, into 6 wedges.
Place on baking sheet, brush with a bit of milk and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until done.
- I used half spelt flour and half all-purpose flour for the scones in the photos.
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