I’m not even going to try to take the honour for this marvellous recipe. Joy the Baker is the brain behind my new little food obsession, and I thought that it would be downright cruel not to let you in on the secret. These scones are soft, crispy and light, and filled with feta cheese and chives. The more the better, or like Joy says it: “Shaggy is good. Aggressive use of cheese and chives are better.” These scones are really everything they need to be. Tender, flakey, salt, savoury and super fragrant. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or late brunch, accompanied by a big bowl of soup or a real weekday treat. Super easy, super good, super naughty. Enjoy!
To make 12 perfectly flakey scones you will need
7,5dl all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cracked pepper
200g cold, unsalted butter cut into chunks
(it’s okay to use regular salted butter, no worries)
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons cold water
2dl cold sour cream
A big handful chopped chives
Two handfuls feta cheese
1 beaten egg, cracked black pepper, salt and smoky paprika for the very important finish!
Combine all your dry ingredients in a fairly big bowl, and break the cold butter up into the bowl (I use my hands to do this). Mix the butter and the dry ingredients together till it’s all combined, which should look somewhat similar to this:
Add the sour cream, the lightly beaten egg and a little water to your dry mixture and use a wooden spoon (or other favourite tool) to combine the ingredients.
Feta cheese and chopped chives are the next to be added. Finally some gorgeous colour! I love chives. Definitely a new best friend in the kitchen.
Knead the dough till it comes together completely and there are no pockets of dry flour in the middle somewhere. It shouldn’t need much time before it’s done and ready to be rolled out on your table till it’s about 2,5cm thick.
I don’t have a biscuit cutter, so I’m just using a regular water glass. No need to go buy fancy stuff.
Before putting these beauties into the oven, brush them lightly with a beaten egg (I didn’t have enough eggs, so I just used a little double cream and works just as well as using egg) and sprinkle with a little fresh cracked pepper, flake sea salt and smoky paprika. That really adds a kick to these scones.
Place them on a baking tray and place them on in the middle of the oven. Bake them for about 15minutes or until golden brown (200C). Place the scones on a cooling rack and make a huge cup of coffee while you impatiently wait for them to get cool enough to pull apart and eat (this usually ends up happening standing by the kitchen counter)!
I mean, come on.. Just look at this!!
Thank you, Joy!