Savoury Cheese Pan Scones

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Savoury Cheese Pan Scones

No need for an oven for these scones, they can be made in a frying pan or on a flat griddle! They are deliciously, moreishly, savoury with a hint of cayenne pepper: a cheesy snack that is perfect simply served with butter or as a side to soup.

Why not pack some for a summer picnic and eat with some chutney or relish.

I made them yesterday in my little truckcamper kitchen, overlooking a little loch and the sea. We are on Fetlar, a small island to the west of Shetland’s mainland.

We came, as many do, to hopefully see a rare bird that nests here, the Red-Necked Phalarope. While Chris was out with his camera, in search of this tiny, pretty, wading bird, I had a sunny afternoon in the van making these cheese pan scones.

I have seen a couple of the Phalarope since we’re been here, one on Unst and one right outside the van on our first night on Fetlar so I wasn’t missing out!

I lost a bag of flour somewhere on our travels, I was convinced I had a spare bag in the truck but it vanished! These scones would have been made on Tuesday but we totally missed the only shop on the island being open, it runs quite limited opening hours.

Cheese Pan SconesThe egg in the recipe came from an amazing honesty box egg stall at the end of one of the rural roads here, a glorious selection of fresh free-range eggs of all different colours from pale blue to white and the usual brown. I love finding these treasures, so much more satisfying than buying a box in the supermarket.

We’ve devoured them with a local Shetland courgette relish: amazing!

The recipe is based on the principle of Welsh Cakes, which are a sweet, fruity, scone-like pancake.

Savoury Cheese Pan Scones
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 100 g salted butter, chilled and cubes
  • 50 g finely grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 or 2 finely sliced and chopped spring onions
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten
  • (a spot of milk if you need it)
  • salt and pepper

Sieve the flour, baking powder and cayenne into a mixing bowl and rub in cubed butter until it becomes even-sized crumbs.
Stir in the finely grated cheese, spring onion, a tiny pinch salt and a twist of pepper.
Add the beaten egg and mix to form a soft dough, add a spot of milk if you need to bring the dough together. It must not be sticky though.
Pop into a food bag or wrap in clingfilm and rest in the fridge for half an hour.
Roll the rested dough out on a floured work surface, I used my silicone mat. You want the dough to be a little less than a centimetre thick.
Use a round cutter to cut out your scones.
Fry in a dry, un-oiled frying pan over a medium heat for a few minutes on each side, they should rise to double their height.
Cool on a wire rack or a plate.
Serve buttered.

Savoury Cheese Pan Scones
A delicious cheese scone that is made in a frying pan!
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Ingredients
  1. 250 g plain flour
  2. 3 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp cayenne
  4. 100 g salted butter, chilled and cubes
  5. 50 g finely grated cheddar cheese
  6. 1 or 2 finely sliced and chopped spring onions
  7. 1 large free-range egg, beaten
  8. (a spot of milk if you need it)
  9. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and cayenne into a mixing bowl and rub in cubed butter until it becomes even-sized crumbs.
  2. Stir in the finely grated cheese, spring onion, a tiny pinch salt and a twist of pepper.
  3. Add the beaten egg and mix to form a soft dough, add a spot of milk if you need to to bring the dough together. It must not be sticky though.
  4. Pop into a food bag or wrap in clingfilm and rest in the fridge for half an hour.
  5. Roll the rested dough out on a floured work surface. You want the dough to be a little less than a centimetre thick.
  6. Use a round cutter to cut out your scones.
  7. Fry in a dry, un-oiled frying pan over a medium heat for a few minutes on each side, they should rise to double their height.
  8. Cool on a wire rack or a plate.
  9. Serve buttered.
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6 Responses

  1. I’m always SO impressed by what you manage to whip up in your van and how lovely that you sourced your eggs in such an authentic way! I’m definitely keen to try the pan fried method of making these scones especially as the first time I made scones, despite being told they’re almost impossible to get wrong, they ended up a complete disaster!
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    • Rachel Davis says:

      Oh no, disastrous scones! Whether you pan fry them or bake them, the trick is the same: don’t overwork the dough. I hope you have better luck next time you do it!
      I wish there were eggs like these on the corner of roads everywhere, I go back to Dundee and had to buy emergency supermarket eggs: they were so disappointing! The yolks were so small and wan!

  2. What a lovely way to get your eggs! We always buy our eggs from honesty boxes back up north, but I never really see them around where I live now. Great recipe too, will have to give it a go.
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    • Rachel Davis says:

      There are roadside eggs everywhere here in Shetland, its brilliant and I’ve yet to buy any that have all been the same colour!
      Enjoy the recipe, let me know how you get on! xx

  3. Jennie says:

    These sound lovely, and such a pretty shape :) I love the thought of eating them with chutney on top.
    Such a gorgeously cute little egg box too!

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    • Rachel Davis says:

      Thank Jennie! I haven’t used that pretty cutter for ages since I bought it in Liverpool! It was lovely to use it again! I stocked up the van with eggs again before we left Fetlar, they are so gorgeous and fresh!

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