Cheese scones to die for

Floriditas’ Cheddar and Rocket Scones

New Zealand is big on cheese scones. Floriditas is a top Wellington restaurant. Cheesey and delicious these scones can be made with other strong cheese and whatever herbs you like. The trick is to be gentle and have the mix not to dry or wet – no pressure now!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Baking, Snack
Cuisine Colonial
Servings 12 scones


  • 450 gm flour
  • 4 .5 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 115 gm butter cold and diced
  • 300 ml milk
  • 2 ½ cups tasty cheese grated, use ¼ cup for topping
  • 40 gm rocket roughly chopped
  • cup milk for glazing


  • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper
    450 gm flour, 4 .5 tsp baking powder, ¾ teaspoon salt, ¾ teaspoon black pepper, 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • Rub the butter into flour, either by hand or in a standing mixer with the K beater attachment fitted .
  • Add the grated tasty cheese & chopped rocket.
    2 1/2 cups tasty cheese, 40 gm rocket
  • Mix a little until the cheese and rocket are lightly coated in flour.
  • Add milk mix and allow the dough to just come together.
    300 ml milk
  • Remove from the bowl or mixer and turn out onto a lightly floured bench.
  • Gently and lightly bring the lumpy mix together.
  • Roll out into an oblong pushing the dough at the sides to get the oblong the same thickness all over.
  • Roll out into a large rectangle just larger than a Swiss roll tin and cut 3 by 8
  • Brush with milk for glazing and sprinkle lightly with cheese
    1/8 cup milk, 2 1/2 cups tasty cheese
  • Bake at 190 until cooked 15 -20 minutes


Use cold butter and milk and mix lightly
The mix needs to be wet but not sloppy
The oven needs to be hot
Keyword baking, scones


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