Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

The recipe and photos for this post were updated in October 2020.

Savoury scones are one of my favourite picnic snacks, they’re also great indoor snacks too! They are especially delicious when warm with butter melting into them, and go very well with a nice chutney. These Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones are a combination of some of my favourite savoury flavours and they remind of margherita pizza flavours too!

Scones are actually a type of quick bread, they’re easy to make because you don’t have to knead or prove them. The rise is created by using self raising flour, and an additional raising agent of baking powder.

How to make Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones…

In a mixing bowl, I stirred together the self raising flour, baking powder and salt. Then I added the butter and rubbed it in with my fingers, then I added the grated cheese and stirred it in.

I drained the oil off the sundried tomatoes, then cut them up and mixed them into the flour mixture. In a smaller bowl, I mixed the pesto, milk and egg together, then added them to the flour mixture and created a dough.

I flattened out the dough and cut out rounds with a cutter. I brushed them with milk, and sprinkled some cheese on top, then baked them for 14 minutes.

Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

Can you freeze the scones?

Yes, scones freeze really well. Once they have fully cooled down, put them in a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.

What kind of cheese is best for scones?

Grated cheddar is the best kind of cheese to use, especially a mature cheddar as it has a lovely strong flavour. Do not use the ready grated cheese, it is best to grate yourself. I also don’t recommend a low fat cheese, as they don’t melt as well and don’t have a strong flavour.

Is pesto vegetarian?

Most pesto is not vegetarian because is contains parmesan, which in turn contains rennet. Rennet is stomach enzymes, usually from cow’s, and it is used in many cheeses. You can however, purchase vegetarian and vegan pesto. I used a vegetarian pesto for this recipe. Please make sure to use vegetarian pesto if you are serving these scones to vegetarians.

Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

Tips for making the Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

  • I used a 2.5″ round cutter and got 6 scones from the batch, depending on the size of cutter you use, you will get different amounts of scones.
  • Push the cutter straight down into the dough and do not twist it, twisting it can affect the rise of the scones.
  • When you are patting the dough out, aim for it to be 1″ thick.
  • When you glaze the top of the scones, make sure the milk doesn’t drip down the sides. This can affect the rise of the scones.
Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

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Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

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Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

Delicious savoury scones

Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Bread
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Servings 6
Author thebakingexplorer


  • 250 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 50 g Butter
  • 85 g Mature cheddar grated
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Milk
  • 70 g Pesto (make sure it is suitable for vegetarians if you are serving to vegetarians)
  • 1 Egg large
  • 60 g Sundried tomatoes diced
  • 1 tbsp Whole milk for glazing, optional


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200C Fan/220C/400F/Gas Mark 6, and place a baking tray in the oven

  2. Stir the self raising flour, salt and baking powder together a mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs

  3. Stir in 70g of the grated cheese

  4. Use kitchen towel to soak the oil from the tomatoes then cut them up using scissors. Aim for the pieces to be about the size of a raisin. Add them to the flour mixture and stir in

  5. In a bowl whisk together the milk, pesto and egg

  6. Pour the pesto mixture into the flour and make a dough. Pat it out onto a clean work surface dusted with flour to about 2cm/1" thick and cut out the scones using a round cutter, size of your choice. Push the cutter straight down and do not twist it. Reshape the dough and cut out more rounds until it's all used up

  7. Brush the top of the scones with the milk, then sprinkle on the reserved cheese

  8. Place the scones onto the pre-heated baking tray, bake for 12-14 minutes

  9. Bake them for 20 minutes and until they are golden brown and risen. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, you can eat them warm or cold

  10. Store in an airtight container and eat within 2 days. They can also be frozen

If you like this, check out more of my Scone recipes!

Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones
Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

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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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