On Saturdays’ check of the fridge, I discovered a whole host of dairy products dangerously close to their use by date. A couple of eggs, the remnants of a yoghurt pot and a whole block of Caerphilly cheese that I’d bought (despite all my own advice) in a BOGOF offer.
Lacking in inspiration, the only meal idea I could come up with was a cheese omelette and a high cholesterol omelette at that. Also, following a rather unhealthy few days of eating out, the thought of a cheese filled week was filling me with indigestive dread.
But a quick google search came to the rescue showing me that caerphilly cheese and eggs are the perfect base to a delicious batch of savoury scones. I followed the following recipe from Goodtoknow.co.uk:
- 200g (7oz) self-raising flour
- Good pinch of cayenne pepper
- 100g (3½oz) butter
- 125g (4oz) Caerphilly cheese, grated
- 3 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
- 2 medium eggs, beaten
- 2 level tbsp plain yogurt
The best thing about the recipe, was that I had all the items (except the spring onions) already in stock. I opted to buy a bunch to use later in the week, but I’m sure the scones would still taste great without them.
Now I’m not much of a baker but even for the me the recipe was super simple to follow:
- Set oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Sift flour and cayenne pepper, into a bowl. Rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Add just over three-quarters of the cheese and the chopped spring onion, and mix well. Stir in the eggs and yogurt. The dough will be very soft. Knead very lightly on a floured surface.
I got to the breadcrumbs stage pretty quickly:
However, I was uncertain about the consistency of my dough. It was super sticky but rather than adding more flour to the mix, I just made sure my work surface and rolling pin was super floured and rolled extra gently.
- Pat out dough to about 2.5cm (1in) deep and cut out 5 rounds. Knead the trimmings and pat out, then cut out another 2-3 scones. Put the scones on the baking sheet and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese, and more cayenne, if you like.
I’m also not sure I’m very good at measuring as my scones certainly weren’t 1 inch deep.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Best served warm with butter and a sliver of cheese
Despite the sticky dough and my inability to measure, the scones turned out super fluffy and light and are a great snack sized portion.
The best thing about the scones is that they can be frozen, so 3 ingredients on the edge of their use by date have now become a great savoury snack to be eaten at a later date.
I also can’t wait to sample Goodtoknow.co.uk suggestion of having them as a savoury meal with some poached egg and spinach.
And, if you’re wondering what happened to the rest of the block of cheese and remaining spring onions, I discovered a delicious recipe for some Caerphilly Cheese & Leek Pancakes where I substituted the leeks for the left-over spring onions and half a red onion that I found in my fridge.
So from potential food waste came 2 delicious meals, all costing pennies in additional ingredients, and no boring omelette in sight.