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4 from 1 vote

Cheese and Onion Scones

A gourmet twist on a delicious classic, with olives and caramelised onions.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: English
Keyword: cheese and onion scone, scones
Servings: 12
Calories: 160kcal
Cost: £5


  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Frying Pan
  • Large bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Weighing scales
  • Measuring jug
  • Medium scone cutter
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking tray
  • Greaseproof paper or silicon mat


  • 1 large white onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 220 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 50 g Butter, cold and cubed
  • 150 g mature cheddar, grated
  • Handful of green olives, chopped
  • 100 ml Whole milk


  • Pre heat your oven to 200c.
  • Add your sliced onion to a pan with some rapeseed oil and cook on medium for 5 minutes until softened. Next add the balsamic vinegar and stir well, turning the heat down to low. Cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a bowl add the flour, baking powder and oregano. Season generously with salt and pepper, and stir until well combined.
  • Add the cubed butter to the bowl. Rub the butter and flour together with your finger tips until a crumb is formed. Stop when the crumb is even and you have no large chunks of butter left.
  • Add to the bowl the cooled caramelised onions, olives and 100g of grated cheddar and mix until evenly combined. Use a wooden spoon to mix - your hands may melt the butter.
  • Stir in the milk until a dough has formed and turn out onto a clean, floured surface.  Knead the dough until it comes together to form a moist but firm dough.
  • Roll the dough out to 2 cm thick. Use your cutter to cut out the scone shapes, and place them onto a lined baking tray. Gather up any leftovers, roll once more and cut more scone shapes. Repeat until the dough is used up.
  • Wash the top of your scones with some milk and then sprinkle the rest of the grated grated cheese over the top of each scone.
  • Place in the oven for 15 minutes until risen and golden brown with a bubbly cheesy topping.