Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

We had a bit of sunshine in Manchester last week. As we don’t get it very often I always feel a social pressure to get out there and spend time in the sun, sit in a beer garden, enjoy it while it lasts etc. Well folks, I don’t like being out in the sun. That’s right! I’m ginger and pale, and sunshine is not my friend. Don’t get me wrong, sunshine is beautiful! It makes the world look so pretty, and I’ll quite happily gaze at the beautiful sunlit world… (through sunglasses while sitting in the shade). I always feel like a minority when I dare to voice this opinion, and I probably am, but I enjoy sunny days in my own way and I’m happy with that. Sometimes you just have to go with how you feel and what makes you comfortable, no matter what everyone else is doing. Making these Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones and drinking cold cider in my flat with the windows open is how I chose to enjoy a sunny day recently. They are a combination of some of my favourite savoury flavours and to me they scream summer. They would be great at a picnic out in the sunshine…if you enjoy that kind of thing!

In a bowl I whisked together 100ml milk, 70g pesto and 1 egg.

In a second bowl I mixed together 250g self raising flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.

I added 150g grated mature cheddar and 60g sundried tomatoes. I used kitchen towel to soak the oil from the tomatoes first then cut them up using scissors.

I poured the pesto mixture into the flour and made a dough. I patted it down to about 1 inch thick, then cut 7cm rounds out of it. Reshape the dough and cut out more rounds until it’s all used up.

I placed the rounds onto a lined baking tray and brushed them on top with beaten egg.

I baked them on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes and until they were golden brown.

The scones are extremely moreish and perfect warm with butter! They also pack up great for on the move, lunches and picnics. The pesto really comes through and is a perfect match for the cheese, and the sundried tomatoes add extra fruity flavour. I’d love to try these with chutney on and even more cheese!

I’m entering these into myself and Cakeyboi’s blogging challenge Treat Petite, this month’s theme is Picnic Treats.

And into Food Year Link Up hosted by Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen, for National Vegetarian Week.

And into the Sunday Fitness & Food Link Up hosted by Ilka’s Blog and Marathons & Motivations.

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Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

Ingredients

  • 100 ml Milk
  • 70 ml Pesto
  • 2 Eggs
  • 250 g Self raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 150 g Mature cheddar grated
  • 60 g Sundried tomatoes

Instructions

  1. In a bowl whisk together the milk, pesto and 1 of the eggs
  2. In a second bowl mix together the self raising flour, baking powder and salt
  3. Use kitchen towel to soak the oil from the tomatoes then cut them up using scissors. Add them along with the mature cheddar to the flour and mix
  4. Pour the pesto mixture into the flour and make a quick dough. Pat it down to about 1 inch thick, then cut 7cm rounds out of it. Reshape the dough and cut out more rounds until it's all used up
  5. Place the rounds onto a lined baking tray and brush them on top with beaten egg
  6. Bake them on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes and until they are golden brown

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12 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I'm definitely with you on the sun thing. Italways lifts my mood to see it be bright outside but I'd rather be inside enjoying myself with the sun streaming through the windows. It's not like having walls around me stops me enjoying summery things like ice cream and cold drinks! I love your idea for having these on a picnic.

  2. I love the idea of adding pesto into your savoury scones Kat, I can imagine them to have been absolutely scrummy.
    I too don't get along with the sun…burning, heat lumps etc As you say it certainly is welcomed though because it brings the beautiful flowers out and makes things far more pretty; but I too certainly need to be indoors at the height of the day….or smother myself in high factor suncream, with hat & shade 🙂
    Angela x

  3. I'm not a huge sunlover either. I'm happiest when it's warm but not too hot (thin jumper weather really) and nice and dry. My sister can lay out in the sun for ages but I just overheat and get grumpy! These look perfect for a picnic (perhaps to go with a salad in a mason jar 🙂 ), and I love the idea of smothering them in some tomato chutney.

  4. What lovely flavours for scones! I love savoury scones but don't think I've ever added sundried tomatoes before -I don't think they'd last long if I did!

  5. These look really good. I really like the addition of pesto. Don’t apologise for not enjoying being out in the sun. It means you’ll have healthy less wrinkly skin when you’re a lot older xx.

    1. Thanks Sammie! That’s very true, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for youthful skin forever!

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