South African Cheese Scones

Cindy Player


I've been making these for 20 years. They're so simple to make, but everyone LOVES them. They're best served hot from the oven (allow them to cool enough so that there are no singed fingers) or at room temperature. Make a double batch and freeze one for later use. Take a frozen cheese scone, wrap it in a damp paper towel and place it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Yum!

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10 Min
25 Min


3 c
self rising flour
3 c
grated sharp cheddar
3 c


1Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
2Mix ingredients until blended. The batter should have a drop scone consistency.
3Spoon batter into muffin cups until 3/4 full.
4Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
5Remove from oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and turn out onto a cooling rack, or into a lined basket. Serve warm, with finely shaved smoked ham or apricto preserves (South Africans like the combination of savory and sweet).
6The cheese scones are also delicious when eaten at room temeprature.
7Other additions:
1/2 c finely diced ham
1/4 c minced scallion tops
1/4 c chopped chives
1/4 c finely diced jalapenos (if you like it spicy)
1/2 c finely chopped bacon
1/3 c bacon bits

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Muffins, Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: African
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids