Saturday, 7 February 2009

Pesto, herb n cheese scones


Now I don't often "post savoury" here but these are so good I had to share! I got an urge this morning to make scones but having a teeny bit of a cold I was too lazy and had to make do with some nasty white bread toast (that was sssssoooo good) and coffee! So after the caffeine kicked in and I'd read the March issues of Delicious and Taste Italia magazines I decided some savoury scones might in be order for lunch.

I've never made a savoury scone before, I've had them in Avoca but never actually thought about going and producing my own but now that I have the possibilities seem endless and I'm already thinking these would be nice with some olives in them, or leave out the pesto and herbs and do sundried tomato and cheese scones......................................yum!

So here's a basic soda bread recipe that can be turned into a loaf or made into scones, it can be flavoured or not and sweetened or not depending on your tastes.


For the basic recipe you'll need:

450g plain white flour
1 tsp bread soda/bicarbonate of soda
400ml buttermilk
1 tsp salt

To this you can add:

1 tbsp basil pesto (you could use any pesto you want here)
1 tbsp thyme leaves finely chopped
salt and pepper (only use salt if you've not used it already above)

Preheat the oven to Gas 8/230.

Sift the flour, salt if using and bread soda into a large bowl.
Add the finely chopped thyme to the flour.
Mix the pesto into the buttermilk and add to the flour mixture.
Mix well with your hands until you have a loose sticky dough.
With floured hands turn the dough out and pat into a round. Cut into wedges or into circles with a cutter.
Bake for 10-15 mins, the bottom will sound hollow when they're done.

I really think now the possibilities are endless for this recipe, any flavours could be added to the dough adding dry ingredients to dry and wet to wet if that makes sense.

31 comments:

English Mum said...

Ooh what a great idea. I do something similar with a cheesey scone mixture but I'll deffo try adding some pesto. Yum x

veggievixen said...

yummm!

Jamie said...

Ha! I just made scones this weekend and have been dreaming of making cheddar scones. But these with pesta are gorgeous! I can see adding slivers of dried tomatoes too. And we all have to do savory once in a while, too.

PS Great rugby match yesterday (Ireland-France). Too bad we lost, but yours played brilliantly!

Christy said...

Oohh...I usually don't do anything savoury either, but lately I've had these urges to make savoury foods. But problem is, I just don't know where to start! These would be perfect!!

chuck said...

I love scones! I can smell them right now, simply delicious!

The Sexy Pedestrian said...

Yum! The porridge I had for lunch is looking so crap now.

Tartelette said...

It was an honor to lose the rugby game to Ireland..ugh no not really but at least it was a good game and I thought about you!!
You do savory very well, these scones sound delicious!

jen said...

Pesto sounds like a fab addition . Cor. I'm thinking about lunch - they'd be good soup dunkers. Or just nibbled on their own... Nom, nom, nom!

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

Rachel I don't like savoury scones but they look delightful, so much so I'd love to have tried one.

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chuck said...

Rachel, these look amazing. I can just taste the flavors in my mouth just looking at the photo and recipe. Wonderful!

Susan said...

yes! a savoury scone recipe at last - will definitely be wow'ing my workmates with this one.

The Caked Crusader said...

I only have to read the word pesto and I start drooling.....

Suzana said...

Makes all the sense to me!! Looks really yummy - perfect for my afternoon tea. ;)

Rhyleysgranny said...

Isn't the soda bread recipe so good. So very tweakable. These look yummy. If you like sweet try adding maple syrup stewed apples and cinammon. YUMMY :)

English Mum said...

What the hell is that DVD thing?!

I made these with olives and some herby cheese I had leftover and they were lush. Oh, and I've just noticed I'm not on your blogroll. My life is over.

*sob*

Kieran said...

Mmmm. I can practically taste them!

dessertobsessed said...

what a great combination! love it!

Snooky doodle said...

these look delicious :) you make great looking bread too.

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vickscakes said...

scones look yummy, i normally do sundried tomatoe & cheese, but defo going to try pesto in them!

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Katerina said...

These pesto scones are perfect idea for breakfast!

Farmgirl Susan said...

YUM! Your scones are beautiful! I love the idea of making them with pesto. :)

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Oh wow. With buttered sour dough….. I’m totally doing this today

huntdonald said...

YUM YUM YUM!! My stomach just audibly growled at my desk. I can’t wait to try this, so perfect for this cold, wet weather in the city

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