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Thursday 21 August 2014

Cheese and Chive Scones with Marjoram and Marigold Cream Cheese

I love to make scones.  It's so simple to rub together the ingredients and a few minutes in a hot oven produces a fresh, soft and wholesome quick bread, perfect with soup, with cheese or in this case with a fresh marjoram infused cream cheese sprinkled with marigold petals.

Cheese and Chive Scones with Marjoram Cream Cheese
225g wholemeal self-raising flour
1 level tsp baking powder
50g butter or soft margarine
50g grated hard cheese (I used cheddar)
1 tbsp finely chopped chives
1/4 tsp chilli powder
a pinch of salt
1 egg

2 tbsp cream cheese
1 tsp finely chopped marjoram leaves

A few marigold petals to scatter

For the Scones
1. Heat the oven to 220C, Gas 7
2. Put the flour and baking powder in a bowl and rub in the butter or margarine until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
3. Add the cheese, chives, chilli powder and salt.
4. Crack the egg into a measuring jug mix it with a fork and then make up the liquid to 150ml with milk.
5. Stir the milk into the flour and mix to a soft dough, add a little extra milk if required.
6. Turn onto a lightly floured table and gently roll out to about 1.25cm thick.
7. Cut into rounds, the size of the cutter will determine how many scones you make.
8. Place the scones on a greased baking tray, brush the tops with a little milk and bake for about 10 minutes or until pale golden brown.
9. Remove the scones from the tray and leave to cool on a wire rack.

For the Marjoram Cream Cheese
Mix the cream cheese with the marjoram, leave to infuse for at least 30 minutes.

Spread the cooled scones with the marjoram cream cheese and sprinkle with marigold petals.  Best served with a cup of tea.

I'm entering my Cheese and Chive Scones for Cooking with Herbs, the blog challenge run by Karen at Lavender and Lovage, this month's theme is Summer Herbs and Flowers - well I've given you both, enjoy!

The Love Cake challenge run by Jibber JabberUK is looking for savoury bakes in August, so my cheese and chive scones, with a little pinch of chilli heat, are a perfect match.

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At 21 August 2014 at 19:20 , Blogger Unknown said...

how absolutely beautiful do these look... I do LOVE a cheese scone, there's something so wonderful about them warm with a slice of very strong cheddar... OH I am off home to bake! zz

At 21 August 2014 at 20:12 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Dom, look forward to seeing your next batch of scones, remember no twisting!

At 21 August 2014 at 22:00 , Blogger Simona Carini said...

Lovely! I agree about scones: quick to make and so good. I like the use of petals: it makes the scones even more festive.

At 23 August 2014 at 06:37 , Anonymous Alison said...

These look lovely and I really like the marjoram cream cheese with marigolds too. Bet they tasted gorgeous

At 23 August 2014 at 18:19 , Blogger Galina Varese said...

What a feast for eyes! Would love to try your fab scones. Sadly, all my marigolds were slaughtered by the blasted slugs.

At 24 August 2014 at 14:57 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Absolutely STUNNING photo Janice and I LOVE the idea od cheese and onion scones WITH that marjoram cream cheese! I am loving your photos lately.......thanks for adding this to Cooking with Herbs too! Karen

At 24 August 2014 at 22:03 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Simona, I love to use petals in food.

At 24 August 2014 at 22:04 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Alison, they did taste gorgeous, though I say it myself!

At 24 August 2014 at 22:05 , Blogger Janice said...

Sorry to hear about your marigolds, any edible petals would do, doesn't have to be marigolds

At 24 August 2014 at 22:06 , Blogger Janice said...

Thank you Karen, I've been working hard on the photos. The scones worked really well, I do love a scone.

At 25 August 2014 at 22:02 , Blogger Citrus Spice and Travels said...

These looks ace and perfect for brunch or picnics.

At 25 August 2014 at 22:27 , Blogger Heidi Roberts said...

I love savoury scones and muffins especially with soup. These sound delish!

At 28 August 2014 at 17:19 , Blogger Jibberjabberuk said...

I haven't made a cheese scone in ages and majoram is a herb I don't have in my garden. Two things I need to rectify! Thanks for linking up.

At 1 September 2014 at 19:19 , Blogger Choclette said...

They look like perfect scones Janice and I so wish I could have one now.

At 9 September 2014 at 23:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How delicious - love your photography!


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