Cheese, Apple and Sage Scones Recipe

A savoury twist on a traditional afternoon tea favourite. We think you’ll love these scones which might be a tasty alternative to seasonal sandwiches.


150g cold butter
300g plain flour
30g sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1.5 tbsp finely chopped sage
120 g gruyere cheese (cheddar is a nice alternative too)
1 apple, cored and peeled (green apples work well with this recipe)
150ml buttermilk
1 egg
2 tbsp milk or water


  • Preheat oven to 220C/200 fan. Gas 7.
  • Dice butter into cubes and place in fridge.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper in large mixing bowl.
  • Ground the sage leaves and dice the apple and gruyere cheese into small cubes (no bigger than 1cm).
  • Mix the butter and flour to a crumble consistency. Add the apple, sage and cheese and mix until combined.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix to a spongy dough. Tip the mixture onto a floured surface and knead until it has bound together.
  • Form the dough into a 3cm thick ball and quarter it, cut each section in half again until you have eight triangles.
  • Arrange scones on a grease proof baking tray allowing space for them to spread. Whisk the egg with 2 tbsp milk or water and brush across the top of the scones.
  • Bake the scones for 20-25 minutes or until skewer clean (but don’t mistake uncooked dough for melted cheese).
  • Allow to cool for approximately 5 minutes until they are a nice edible temperature. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
  • If you can, find a volunteer to do the washing-up after all your culinary efforts.

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