Cheese scones a Kiwi favourite

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND - with Mag­gie Cooper

IT’S GREAT hav­ing well-trav­elled friends, or (bet­ter still) those who hail from an­other coun­try.

It’s a no-brainer; learn­ing the cul­ture of for­eign lands from a lo­cal is def­i­nitely the way to go.

My friend Josie is an ex­pat Kiwi and she has in­tro­duced me to the de­lights of a New Zealand sta­ple, the savoury cheese scone.

Th­ese mor­eish treats are avail­able across the ditch in vir­tu­ally ev­ery cafe and lunch venue, and with good rea­son.

Josie makes hers seem­ingly with­out ef­fort (the sign of a good cook – or a good recipe), and they turn out per­fectly ev­ery time. She serves them for lunch with cold meat (ham works well) or cheese, ac­com­pa­nied by a gen­er­ous dol­lop of chilli jam or good pick­les. They look and smell en­tic­ing, and they are truly de­li­cious.

Scones are not some­thing I have a lot of suc­cess with – they of­ten turn out with the tex­ture and con­sis­tency of a hockey puck – but this recipe works for me ev­ery time.

Serve them while they’re hot and watch them dis­ap­pear.

Kiwi cheese scones

Serves 4

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: ◗ 2 cups plain flour ◗ 2 tsp bak­ing pow­der ◗ 1 tsp sugar ◗ 1⁄ tsp salt ◗ 1⁄ tsp cayenne pep­per ◗ 21⁄ cups 2 4 4 grated vin­tage ched­dar cheese, di­vided ◗ 1 cup full-cream milk

METHOD: Pre­heat oven to 220C. Sift flour, bak­ing pow­der, sugar, salt and cayenne pep­per into a medium-size mix­ing bowl. Us­ing a wooden spoon, mix in two cups of the cheese.

Make a well in the cen­tre and pour in the milk. Mix lightly un­til just com­bined then turn out on to a lightly floured sur­face. De­pend­ing on your method of cut­ting, shape dough into a cir­cle or rect­an­gle about 3cm high.

Us­ing a scone cut­ter, cut eight scones from the cir­cle, or cut the rect­an­gle into eight squares and trans­fer them to a bak­ing tray. Sprin­kle lightly with re­main­ing cheese and bake for 15–20 min­utes un­til golden brown. Serve im­me­di­ately with but­ter, cold meat or cheese, and chut­ney or rel­ish.

PHOTO: 123RF

◗ Golden savoury cheese scones are a lunchtime treat from New Zealand.

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