This is a quick and easy recipe for cheese scones. Perfect for a savoury morning tea, I have made these cheese scones so many times now, with a few variations. I love the warm melting cheese and soft fluffy taste of the scones which are beautiful when they are still warm. These are easy to adapt as you like. Simply use a different cheese or add more paprika or other spices or herbs that you like. Spring onions are great too, to give it a nice fresh zingy taste. When serving you can eat them plain or even add some butter mmm melting butter :)

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Ingredients

  • 225g Self Raising flour
  • 100g cold butter, chopped into smallish cubes
  • 1/2 tsp Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 200g tasty cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp greek or natural yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp milk as required

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200 DegC fan forced
  • Add butter, flour and paprika to mixer bowl
  • Beat using a flat beater attachment until the mixture appears like breadcrumbs
  • Add 150g of the cheese and mix in for 20-30 seconds
  • Add the egg and yoghurt and mix until just combined
  • If the mixture appears too dry add 1 Tbsp of milk and mix until just combined. Do not overmix!
  • Add a small amount of additional flour to a board
  • Lightly knead into a flat disc on the floured board, keeping the dough around 1 inch high
  • Using a small round cutter cut out the scones and put them on a tray lined with baking paper. I have this set of round cutters so I can easily choose a small or large circle, depending on the occasion. Keep the scones close together
  • Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over the scones
  • Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes until they are golden brown. I also check the bases of the scones. They should also be nice and golden
  • Add the scones to a clean tea towel to keep them nice and warm until ready to serve!

Yesterday was Australia day so I wanted to make something to celebrate! These lamington butterfly cupcakes are a great alternative to making full size lamingtons. They are quick, easy and don't involve the mess that comes with making the full size lamingtons. Yet they still have the same beautiful flavours of chocolate and coconut with a soft cake centre. Plus the kids love cupcakes any day and my husband loves butterfly cupcakes so it's a win win.

I made a vanilla cupcake for the base. Then you simply dip the cupcake in chocolate icing and then dessicated coconut. They are great even without the cream. Also for an alternative twist you can also add some jam too! These are quick to make with the cream making them even more delicious to eat. They make a lovely morning tea :) Happy Australia Day 2016!

Makes 12 cupcakes

Lamington Butterfly Cupcakes
Lamington Butterfly Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcake

  • 100g butter (softened)
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk

Topping

  • 130g icing sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 70g dessicated coconut
  • 3 Tbsp hot water

Method

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 170 degC fan forced and line 12 muffin tins with baking cases.
  • Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl
  • Cream butter in a mixing bowl with a paddle for 1-2 minutes
  • Add sugar in a couple of batches and beat until sugar is mostly dissolved and the mixture has become pale
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating until just combined each time
  • Scrape the bowl to ensure even mixing of ingredients as required
  • Add vanilla extract and beat until just combined
  • Add half the flour mixture to the mixing bowl and beat until just combined
  • Add the milk and beat until just combined
  • Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just combined. Do not overbeat as this will toughen up the mixture
  • Divide the mixture into the cupcake cases. I use an Icecream Scoop which makes it super easy!
  • Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until a tester comes out clean
  • Remove from tins and allow cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack

Topping

  • To a small wide bowl add the dessicated coconut
  • To another small bowl add the icing sugar, coconut and 3 Tbsp of water
  • Mix the chocolate icing ingredients together until smooth and quite runny. Although not too runny that it doesn't stick to the cakes
  • Dip the cooled cakes into the chocolate icing and then the coconut
  • Allow the cakes to set for half an hour or so
  • You can whip your cream in the meantime and have a cup of tea :)
  • When ready to serve cut out the centre of the cakes. These will be cut in half and will form the butterfly wings
  • Add cream to the centre of the cakes and then top with the butterfly wings
  • Serve straight away :) Enjoy!