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I don’t know about you, but I had plenty of sweet stuff over Christmas so I quite fancied baking something savoury this month. These scones are delicious warm from the oven, spread thickly with butter. If you haven’t got sundried tomatoes or fancy something a bit different, you can replace them with chopped olives or 2 teaspoons of wholegrain mustard.

Ingredients (makes 8 )

25g sundried tomatoes

50g mature cheddar

225g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

50g unsalted butter, chilled

1 tsp mixed dried herbs

150ml milk


1. Soak the sundried tomatoes in boiling water for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C about 10-15 minutes before you want to bake the scones.

3. Drain the sundried tomatoes and roughly chop.

4. Grate the cheese. I always find it is best to use a good, mature cheddar – it means a little goes a long way and tastes good too.

5. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter. I find it is easiest to dice the butter before adding it to the flour. Then combine the butter and flour using your fingertips, a pastry blender or a couple of knives until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

6. Add the sundried tomatoes, dried mixed herbs and cheese, reserving a small amount to sprinkle on the top, to the flour mix and stir to combine.

7. Gradually add the milk, stirring with a round-bladed knife until the mixture comes together to form a soft, but not sticky, dough. You may not need all the milk or you may need a little more – they key is to add it gradually.

8. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and make into a ball. Flatten it with your hands until it makes a circle about 7 inches (18cm) in diameter. Cut the circle into 8 triangles.

9. Sprinkle a baking tray with a little flour and place the scones onto it, leaving space between for them to rise. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle over the remaining cheese.

10. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 15-18 minutes until the scones are golden and the bottoms seem cooked. If they don’t seem to be cooked after 18 minutes, check on them every 2 minutes until they look done.

11. Leave to cool for as long as you can bear before smothering with butter and scoffing! Scones are best eaten on the day they are baked or frozen for a later date.

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