Mary Berry cheese scones
This easy cheese scone recipe from Mary berry is a great, simple bake for children. With only a few ingredients they don’t take long and are delicious straight from the oven.
These Mary Berry cheese scones are the perfect snack for any cheese lovers out there. They’re not only light and fluffy, like any good scone should be, but they’re exceedingly cheesy!
My kids are cheese fiends so these easy cheese scones make a great snack, picnic or lunchtime treat. With only a few ingredients they don’t take long to make and are really delicious served straight from the oven.
The kids and I bake a lot of sweet things together so it’s nice to be able to make something savoury that is equally tasty and show them that not all baking has to contain sugar.
How can kids help make these easy mary berry cheese scones?
Scones are a great bake to make with kids. As with all baking, there’s the chance for kids to measure out and mix in all the ingredients. And with only a few ingredients, these cheese scones really are super easy.
Rather than using a mixer, this recipe just gets you to mix everything together in a large mixing bowl. As much as my kids love watching our mixer on the go, I always think it’s a much nicer for them to do things by hand, and really see how everything comes together. It makes it a great sensory experience for little kids.
One of my kids favourite things to do in the kitchen is get their hands a bit messy mixing things together, so rubbing in the butter and flour is a fun job for them.
When you make these scones, your kids will also get to use their cutters to cut out the scones. It’s a bit like playing with playdough, and a great task for little ones to practice. Unlike cutting out biscuits/cookies, these scones are much thicker and bit more robust, which makes them a little bit more forgiving for little bakers to practice on!
What cheese should I use?
We used cheddar, but any other hard, strong cheese like red Leicester or a bit or parmesan would also work. You want your scones to taste nice and cheesy, so make sure your cheese is nice and mature.
You might need to following baking tools/gadgets to make these cheese scones:
Time: 15 minutes + 12 minutes baking
Serves: 4 – 6
250g (2 cups) self raising flour*
60g (1/4 cup) butter
2 tsp baking powder
125g (1 cup) cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp mustard powder
160ml (2/3 cup) milk (approx)
* If you don’t have self-raising flour, use 2 cups of all-purpose or plain flour plus 2 tsp of baking powder.
How to make mary berry’s easy cheese scones
Pre heat the oven to 220C / 200C Fan / 425F and line two baking trays with greaseproof or parchment paper.
Mix the flour and butter together
Get your child to measure the flour into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt.
Weigh the butter, then cut it into small pieces before adding to the flour. Get your kids to rub it the flour and butter together with your finger tips until it is well mixed and looks like fine breadcrumbs.
Grate the cheese and mustard powder and then add them to the flour. Either using your hands or a spoon, mix it all in.
If your kids are old enough they might be able to grate the cheese themselves, but younger kids will probably need some help with this.
Add the egg and milk
Crack the egg into a measuring jug. Add milk to make it up to 160ml, then give your kids a fork and whisk it all together.
Make a well in the middle of your flour mixture, then slowly add the milk, mixing all the time until you have a soft but firm dough. Don’t add the milk all at once, as you might not need it all to get it to the right consistency. Using your hands, bring it all together. You want it to be a soft but not too sticky dough.
Make the cheese scones
Lightly sprinkle flour on to your work surface. Get your kids to roll out or just pat down the dough with your hands until it is about 1.5-2cm thick. Using a cutter (or a glass if you don’t have any cutters) cut out your scones and pop them onto your prepared baking tray.
Bake the cheese scones
Get your kids to brush the tops of each scone with a little milk and and sprinkle on some finely grated cheese. This is a fun and easy job for tiny chefs if you have one!
Bake them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. They’re ready when they’ve risen and turned a nice golden brown colour.
They’re best served warm with butter or more cheese.
Mary Berry cheese scones
- 250 g (2 cups) self raising flour
- 1 pinch salt
- 60 g (1/4 cup) butter
- 125 g (1 cup) Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 1 egg
- 150 ml (2/3 cup) milk Approximately
Pre heat the oven to 200C/190C Fan
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
- Measure the flour into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt. Weigh the butter, then cut it into small pieces before adding to the flour. Rub it together with your hands until it is well mixed and looks like fine breadcrumbs.
- Grate your cheese and add to the flour along with the mustard powder, and again using your hands, mix it all in.
Add the egg and milk
- Crack the egg into a meausuring jug. Add milk to your jug up to 160ml. Make a well in the middle of your flour mixture, then slowly add the milk until you have a soft but firm dough. Don’t add it all at once, as you might not need it all to get it to the right consistency. Bring the dough together so it is nice and soft but not too sticky.
Make the scones
- Lightly sprinkle flour on to your work surface. Roll out or pat down the dough until it is about 2cm thick. Using a cutter (or a glass if you don’t have any) cut out your scones and pop them on the baking tray.
- Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle with some finely grated cheese, then bake them in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
- They’re best served warm with butter or more cheese!