Cheese Scones with Chives -

Cheese Scones with Chives & Sunflower Seeds

Cheese scones with chives and sunflower seeds, perfect for a tea time treat, picnics or lunch boxes.
Course Tea Time Treats
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Author Michelle Alston


  • 450 g / 3 cups of self raising flour + extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tbs English mustard powder
  • 180 g / 3/4 cup of strong red Leicster cheese , finely grated + 20g for topping
  • 100 g / approx 1/2 cup of mature cheddar , grated
  • 2 tbs chives , chopped
  • 100 g / approx 1/2 cup of cold butter
  • 150 ml / 2/3 cup of cold milk
  • 100 ml / just under 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 1 heaped tbs sunflower seeds
  • 1 egg , beaten with 1tsp milk


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / 392F, I use an electric, fan assisted oven, please adjust according to your own oven.
  • Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, stir in the salt and mustard powder.
  • Grate in the butter then using your fingertips rub the butter into the flour until you have a texture like breadcrumbs. Stir in the grated cheese and chives.
  • Add the water to the milk.
  • Make a well in the centre then pour in the milk, using a metal spoon stir the milk into the flour mixture. Use your hands to pull it all together but try not to handle the mixture too much.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured working surface then shape and flatten it into a round, it should be about 2.5 to 3cm high.
  • Using a floured 6cm cutter cut out the scones, reshape the dough again trying not too handle the dough too much. Repeat until you have no dough left.
  • Place the scones on a floured baking tray, brush with the egg wash, top with the reserved cheese and the sunflower seeds.
  • Bake on the middle shelf in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the scones are golden.
  • Remove from the oven, leave to cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Serve warm with butter and a good red onion chutney.