Cheese, bacon and chive scone

Cheese, bacon and chive scone


Breakfast, brunch, lunch or a hearty afternoon tea – these triangular savoury scones are welcome at any time of day ... or night.

Gluten-free | Makes 12 scones | Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 25 minutes



100g (3½oz) bacon

Vegetable oil, for greasing

500g (1lb 2oz) gluten-free self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting

125g (4½oz) butter, diced

15–20g (½–¾oz) fresh chives, snipped

200g (7oz) Cheddar cheese, grated

1 egg, beaten

400ml (14fl oz) milk

Salt and pepper



Put the bacon in a large frying pan and heat gently until the fat begins to run, then increase the heat and cook until golden. Chop and leave to cool.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/190°C fan/gas 6. Lightly oil a baking sheet.

Put the flour, butter and some salt and pepper in a bowl and rub in using your fingertips or an electric mixer until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add the bacon, chives and most of the cheese (reserving a little to top the scones) and stir through.

Mix the egg with three-quarters of the milk. Gradually add the liquid to the dry ingredients, and then slowly add the remaining milk, mixing until you have a loose, sticky dough.

Tip the dough on to a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into three equal portions, shape into balls and flatten slightly. Carefully transfer to the baking sheet. Score each dough round into four wedges (don’t cut all the way through) and sprinkle the reserved cheese on top, pressing lightly.

Bake for about 20 minutes until risen, golden and firm to the touch. Leave to cool slightly before serving.


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