I like to make these for my girlfriend on quiet weekend mornings:
Cheese Scones with Strawberry, Papaya, or Mango Chutney
Cheese Scone Ingredients:
225g (about 2 cups) plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
50 g butter
125 g (about 1 cup) grated sharp cheddar, gruyère, or similar sharp cheese
Mix flour, cayenne pepper, and grated cheese in a bowl, rub in the butter. Add enough milk to make soft dough and knead gently on floured surface. Roll about 8 round, 2cm thick flat scones, place in baking sheet. Brush scones with remaining milk and sprinkle with a little cheese and heat in pre-heated oven at 200°C for about 20 minutes. Serve warm straight out of the oven with a little butter, sliced cheese, and chutney.
Strawberry, Papaya, or Mango Chutney:
Take about 1 cup of diced fruit of your choice and combine in saucepan with about 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar (red balsamic if using strawberry, white balsamic if making papaya or mango chutney), bring slowly to a boil. Add a little bit of salt and the following spices to taste using a spice grinder: paprika, cayenne pepper, dried red pepper, coriander, cumin, and a little bit of dried or softly cooked, finely-chopped onion or garlic (but not too much!). Adjust for acidity and sweetness if necessary by adding a little bit of lemon juice and / or brown sugar (a little bit of experimentation, tasting, and correcting won’t go amiss here!). Simmer for about 20 minutes until the liquid is reduced, and store in sterilized glass jars for future use.
I like to take my cheese scones with coffee whilst reading the morning paper, and it is a fantastic start to a relaxing weekend with your favourite person! Enjoy!