My dad introduced me to Marmite when I was growing up and I've loved it ever since. I've made him these Cheese & Marmite Scones many times which I think is the perfect way to thank him! It's a rare Marmite lover that isn't aware of the fantastic flavour combination that is created when Marmite and cheese mix together. It's one of my favourite things and if you love Marmite and have never had it with cheese... well get in the kitchen right now and discover how amazing it is!! And while you're there, you can make these Cheese & Marmite Scones too!
For the full recipe with measurements, head to the recipe card at the end of this post.
How to make Cheese & Marmite Scones
Start by mixing self raising flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Add butter and rub it into the flour with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then add most of the mature cheddar and stir in.
In another bowl, whisk together egg, milk and marmite. Pour the marmite mixture into the flour and form a dough. Pat it out to about 2cm thick and cut out the scones.
Place the scones onto a baking tray, glaze with a little milk and sprinkle on the remaning cheddar. Then bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and risen.
What are scones?
Scones are actually a type of quick bread, they're easy to make because you don't have to knead or prove them (proving means leaving them to rise). The rise is created by using self raising flour, and an additional raising agent of baking powder.
What is Marmite?
Marmite is a very popular British yeast extract spread. It is very dark brown in colour and has a texture similar to black treacles (molasses). It has a unique savoury and salty taste.
How long do the scones last and can they be frozen?
Scones are always better fresh, in fact about 10 minutes after they've come out of the oven is the perfect time to enjoy them. They're super fresh, lovely and warm! Once they're fully cool, you can store them in an airtight container for 2 days, and you can also freeze them for up to 3 months. Freeze them in a freezer bag, airtight container or well wrapped in cling film.
Can these scones be made with plain or all purpose flour?
Yes, if you want to make them with plain or all purpose flour, you will need to add extra baking powder as self raising flour contains baking powder (and a little salt). I recommend using an additional 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder for this recipe. You may also wish to add a pinch of salt. When measuring the baking powder, please use proper measuring spoons for the best results, do not use a regular teaspoon that you would stir coffee with for example.
Can these scones be made dairy free or vegan?
Unfortunately this recipe is not suitable for vegans and is not egg free. When I develop a vegan scone recipe, I will share it. This recipe can be made dairy free if you replace the milk with a dairy free milk, the cheese with a dairy free alternative and use dairy free butter (I recommend the Stork baking block or Flora Plant block).
Can these scones be made gluten free?
Yes! Replace the self raising flour with a gluten free self raising flour blend, also make sure the baking powder you're using is gluten free, and add ¼ tsp xanthan gum. If you can't find a gluten free self raising flour blend, you can use a gluten free plain flour blend, but you will need to add an additional 2 ⅓ tsp gluten free baking powder.
More tips for making the Cheese & Marmite Scones:
- Depending on how big a cutter you use, you will get a different amount of scones. I used a 2.5" (60mm) one and got 6 scones.
- When you cut the scones out, push the cutter down and do not twist it. Twisting the cutter will stop the scones from rising.
- When glazing the scones, try not to let the glaze dribble down the side of the scone, as this will also affect the rise.
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- 225 g Self raising flour plus more for dusting
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 50 g Butter cold
- 85 g Mature cheddar grated
- 1 Egg large
- 4 tbsp Milk
- 25 g Marmite
- Pre-heat your oven to 200C Fan/220C/400F/Gas Mark 6, and line a baking tray with baking paper
- Mix the self raising flour and baking powder together a mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingers or a fork ,until it resembles breadcrumbs
- Add most of the cheddar to the flour and stir in (reserve 15-20g for topping the scones)
- In another bowl whisk together the egg, milk and marmite
- Reserve ½ tbsp of the marmite mixture for glazing the scones
- Pour the rest of the marmite mixture into the flour and form a dough. If it's too dry, you can add an extra splash of milk
- Pat it out onto a clean work surface (or a silicone mat) dusted with flour to about 2cm thick and cut out the scones using a round cutter, size of your choice (I used a 2.5" one). Push the cutter straight down and do not twist it
- You will need to re-pat out the dough to use it all up
- Glaze the scones with the reserved marmite mix, and sprinkle the reserved cheddar cheese on them
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and risen. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, you can eat them warm or cold
- Store in an airtight container and eat within 2 days. They can also be frozen