Cheddar and smoked salmon scones

Fancy a spot of afternoon tea? These cheese and smoked salmon scones are the perfect addiction to a spread of finger sandwiches.

Cheddar and smoked salmon scones

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes to 12 minutes
Serves: 12


  • 225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g salted butter, diced
  • 100g strong extra mature cheddar, finely grated
  • 150ml milk, plus extra for brushing
  • 150g soft cheese
  • 100g smoked salmon, torn into 12 pieces
  • Salad cress
  • Lemon wedges, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 220ºC, gas mark 7. Stir together the flour and baking powder, then using your fingertips, rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Using a table knife, stir in three-quarters of the cheddar and then the milk to make a fairly soft dough.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough out to a thickness of 2cm and stamp out 5cm-wide rounds. Reuse the trimmings to make a total of 12 scones. Transfer to a non-stick baking sheet, brush lightly with milk and scatter over the reserved cheese. Bake for 10–12 minutes until risen and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.
  3. Split each scone in half, spread the base with soft cheese, top with a piece of smoked salmon and sprinkle over some cress before replacing the top. Serve with small wedges of lemon for squeezing over the salmon.
  4. Add texture to these scones with the inclusion of pumpkin seeds.
  5. Mix a handful in with the ingredients at the end of step 1.

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Last modified: June 10, 2021

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