These gluten free cheese scones are the best you’ll ever eat. They are exactly like their gluten-containing counterpart so you’ll never feel like you’re missing out.
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How do you make gluten free cheese scones?
This recipe is incredibly easy to make. You’ll need gluten free flour, cheese, psyllium husk powder, baking powder, milk and lemon juice.
If you have a food processor these are very quick and easy to make. You’ll combine the flour, baking powder, psyllium husk powder and cheese before adding the milk and lemon juice.
If you don’t have a food processor don’t worry. You’ll need to finely grate your cheese and add it to the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients. It’s still easy but you’ll need to get your hands mucky to squidge the cheese into the ingredients.
The best thing about these gluten free cheese scones is that you don’t have to make them look perfect. Just bring the dough together then with a floured cutter, cut the scones out. No need to worry about any cracks.
Why are my gluten free scones flat?
A problem that people often have with gluten free scones is that they come out flat.
I’ve had numerous emails about this to ask why.
It’s simple. When you’re making gluten free scones don’t expect them to rise very much. For this reason I always tell people to cut the scones out the depth they want them. I press the dough out to approx. 4-5cm, then cut it out.
My final tip is to use a smooth-sided cutter, not a fluted cutter. This allows the scones to rise better.
What is the best gluten free flour to use?
Gluten free flour is much more complicated than wheat flour. There are many different gluten free flours and they all have different properties.
I’ve written this whole article about gluten free flours. It explains why the flour you use will dictate the result you get. If you’ve had little success with your gluten free baking you’ll want to read the article to save you lots of time and money.
When you are making these gluten free cheese scones you need to use a good quality flour blend. The recipe will not work if you try to use one gluten free flour (such as rice flour or cornflour).
After spending two years creating my gluten free flour blend I never use anything else in my recipes. It is a multipurpose flour blend that can be used to make everything from cakes to bread; pasta to cookies. It also contains wholesome wholegrain flours providing you with vital nutrients you won’t get with the white refined flours.
I haven’t tested this recipe with any other flour blend so I can’t tell you if it would work with another brand.
You can buy my gluten free flour blend right here:
Can I add other ingredients to my gluten free cheese scones?
You can add whatever additional ingredients take your fancy.
I’d suggest the following:
- Mixed herbs (either dried or fresh)
- Spring onions (finely chopped)
- Chopped nuts
- Different cheeses (if you buy my flour blend you’ll be emailed an exclusive recipe for goats cheese and walnut scones)
- Chopped ham or bacon
What can I serve these cheese scones with?
I would suggest serving these gluten free cheese scones with any of the following:
- Cream cheese
- Cream cheese and chilli jam
- Stew, in place of dumplings which I personally think are rather icky
- Soup, like my store cupboard tomato soup
- Casserole, like my oven baked chicken and bacon casserole
Other gluten free scone recipes
Gluten free scones are very popular on my site. I adore scones so I’ve got a lot of recipes.
And for my American readers, here are my gluten free biscuit recipes!
- My most popular recipe are these gluten free dairy free scones
- My favourite are these gluten free scones made with my gluten free flour blend
- If you are vegan or need to avoid dairy and eggs you’ll want these vegan scones
- An alternative savoury scone recipe are these tomato and herb scones
Gluten free afternoon tea ideas
If you’d like to learn how to make an array of healthier gluten free afternoon tea items check out my online course. All the recipes I teach are not only gluten free but vegan too!
Now I don’t know about you, but scones are the key component for afternoon tea. So now you’ve got all my recipes you can tick that off your list.
You could serve these savoury gluten free cheese scones with cream cheese and chutney. Then these gluten free scones with clotted cream and jam. Or with homemade lemon curd.
In addition to scones you might like to make some gluten free bread to serve sandwiches? I have several gluten free bread recipes but my favourite is this gluten free sourdough. If you don’t feel confident making your own bread from scratch why not try out my new gluten free bread mix? It makes the best gluten free bread I’ve ever eaten and you can buy it right here…
But what about some gorgeous cakes to serve with the scones?
I highly recommend a selection of the following cakes and bakes:
- Gluten free Victoria sponge cake
- Gluten free coffee cake with chocolate icing (dairy free)
- Whole orange and almond cake
- Gluten free lemon drizzle cake
- Healthier gluten free caramel slice
- Healthy banana and date flapjacks
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Gluten Free Cheese Scones
- Food processor
- Baking tray
- 230 g Free From Fairy gluten free plain flour
- 10 g Gluten free baking powder
- 6 g Psyllium husk powder
- 150 g Mature cheddar cheese
- 170 g Full fat milk
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Switch the oven on to 220 degrees C (200 degree fan). Put a large baking tray into the oven to warm up
- Place the dry ingredients into a food processor and mix until well combined. If you don't have a food processor put the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl
- Cut the cheese into small cubes and add that to the dry ingredients. Process until you have a breadcrumb like texture. If you don't have a food processor finely grate the cheese and add it to the dry mix.
- Add the milk and lemon juice and process again until the mixture starts to come together into a dough. If doing by hand combine all the ingredients by hand. This will warm the cheese and allow the dough to come together
- Empty the dough from the food processor onto a clean floured work surface and knead into a smooth dough
- Form into a large circle approx. 4-5cm thick
- Using a 5cm diameter smooth edged cutter cut out your scones
- Reform the dough and continue to cut out the scones until all the mixture is used up
- Remove the hot baking tray from the oven and place the scones onto it
- Bake in the pre heated oven for 15 minutes until risen slightly and golden
TONIA KAUFMAN says
Delicious scones ! Thank you ! And so quick and simple to make ! Needed to be, it was 1:30am !! I love such simple recipes. Some complicate things just for the sake of it it seems ! Minimalist is best !
I used buckwheat flour for mine and had no cheese. I replaced it with celery pulp left over from juicing (in freezer for a few months). Also, I used water as I had no milk. And I had no lemon either ! (I just search for recipes based on what I have, and adapt them using what I have). Also, I just made a tiny batch (1/4 of your recipe), as it was just for my dinner tonight.
Beautifully bread-like inside and crispy outside. In fact, with all these changes, I didn’t really actually make your recipe at all perhaps ! But it was definitely inspired by your recipe !! ?
Vicki Montague says
Aw bless you! Sounds like you invented something new entirely but I’m so pleased my recipe inspired you. That’s what I always encourage…experimentation using my recipes as a base 🙂 xx
Thank you your recipe