Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Lincolnshire Poacher Red Scones - tea time treats


i do love a cheese scone... if you think of the normal, everyday sweet scone as a relatively dull vehicle for fabulous things such as jam and cream... the cheese scone is its tarted up younger sister... oh she's no toasted teacake, don't get me wrong... but she is a little more fancy and allows many a topping to be carried on her lofty cut-side...

the fine and rather handsome chaps at Lincolnshire Poacher live just over a hill from Belleau and it's wonderful to see them doing so well and on such an international scale... their traditional Poacher Cheese, which I think can be described as halfway between a cheddar and a parmesan, is now recognised as a British Classic and the variations available range from a Vintage, which has a proper kick to it, to a Smoked... I am using their Lincolnshire Red which is their only vegetarian cheese and it has a lovely Red Leicester quality to it...

Lincolnshire Red Scones
these scones are made for me to eat but i'm entering them into Karen and Kate's brilliant Tea Time Treats bloggers challenge...

12oz self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp salt
a nice healthy grind of black pepper
2oz butter
6oz cheese - grated
2 large eggs
6 tbsp milk

- pre-heat the oven to 200C

- sieve the flour into a large bowl, add the baking powder, mustard powder and salt, mix it up and then add the butter and work this through with your finger tips until you have a light crumbly texture

- add the cheese and stir it again

- add the eggs to the milk and beat together, then pour this into the flour and cheese mixture and bring it together with a knife until it forms a dough ball.

- flatten the dough out on a floured surface to the thickness of about 3cm (i usually do it to half the depth of the cutter) and then cut the scones out.  I used a smallish cutter and got 10 scones.

- brush the top of each scone with milk and then sprinkle a little more grated cheese on top

- bake for 15-20 mins or until risen and golden

eat and of course, enjoy!




i suppose I need to tell you that I haven't been paid for writing this post, i'm just very keen, as you know, to promote local producers... however if the fine boys insist on sending me cheese after reading this, who am I to turn them down?

32 comments:

  1. YESSS! I think I am FIRST at the table, so PASS a couple of those puppies over please! I LOVE cheese scones and also LOVE Lincolnshire Poacher cheese too, so these scones are made in heaven for me!
    THANKS for your stellar entry to Tea Time Treats, your scones look divine and they are so HIGH too - lovely and light looking!
    Merci ma wee petits pois!
    Karen

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  2. PS: LIKE your super rustic photo too!

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  3. Dom, love this recipe!! I guess these scones with cheese are divine!
    Have a nice day

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  4. wow, you always amaze me with your work, very impreissive looks so good!

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  5. They do look great. When I worked at a certain Norfolk-based insurer for a while the canteen in the building was appalling - with the sole exception of their cheese and chive scones, which were made with love and passion and served warm.

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  6. Looove cheese scones. Oh yes!

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  7. These look really good! Using a red cheese definitely adds to the appeal.

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  8. I do love a savoury scone and yours look divine. Must get hold of some of this cheese......x

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  9. I have recently discovered scones of all kind, cheese, fruit, plain... why didn't I have them before?!?! :O
    Also just wanted to pop by and say congrats on staring on Baking Mad next week! Looking forward to seeing it :)

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  10. Love savoury scones and that poacher cheese looks good too.

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  11. I think cheese scones are flipping dangerous. They force you to eat the whole batch within 24 hours. Shouldn't be allowed!

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  12. Love your final comment - I must write a post on how much I love diamonds - you never know!!!!

    Love these scones and could down an obscene amount while still warm!!

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  13. I'm still laughing at Brownieville Girl's comment. Anyway, these look terrific. I know what you mean about local ingredients. There is something very special about using them and knowing who made them.

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  14. Yum! Scrumptious scones! The next time I make stew ... these are on the docket ... I'll have to source my own local cheese, though. Don't think the boys at Poachers are here in the States ... yet. Yet? There is a nice place up the road, though. Grafton Cheese in Vermont makes some great cheeses!

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  15. I love cheese scones - spent last rainy Sunday making several batches of my smoked paprika numbers. Will try with Poacher next time. Have fun at The Secret Larder!

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  16. Getting self raising flour in the USA is not easy. I'll have a look in Seattle today. I want these so bad!!!!

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  17. Alert!!! Food Porn!!! Alert!!! Food Porn!!!
    Oh man do they look good ;0)

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  18. I’m with you Dom on the wonderful Lincolnshire Poacher cheese-I too, love cooking and eating it-must try your delicious looking cheese scones now!

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  19. I want some of that cheese! It sounds so good and cheddar and parmesan are two of my favorite cheeses, so the combination of flavors would be pure heaven... And these scones look so good - but I've never met a scone I didn't like, so there is that ;)

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  20. Any still left over Dom? Nah, thought not! What a brilliant entry into TTT- thank you!!!

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  21. Cheeses scones are great. Need to be scoffed immediately however - still warm with lots of melted butter.

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  22. looks awesom...i love cheese scones :)

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  23. They look great, but what did you eat them WITH? Smoked salmon? ham? branston pickle? Piccalli? chilli jam....?

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  24. its really good and its interesting, tempting me to try some hiih. added to my list :p

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  25. Fantastic! I know what's on my baking agenda this week! :)

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  26. Little bites of pure heaven!!!

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  27. They look great Dom, I love a good scone and that cheese has the most fantastic colour!

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  28. Gorgeous scones, great to have with soup.

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  29. I've had Lincolnshire Poacher cheese and it is delicious. Great, tasty looking scones. Good cheese makes all the difference. GG

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  30. Your scones look the best and I wish I could have one. You can't go wrong with all the delicious cheese, pepper and mustard! Thanks for the recipe!

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  31. Great scones! Lincolnshire poacher is such a delicious cheese although I haven't tried the red before

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  32. Crikey Dom, there's no stopping you - you've gone Baking Mad!!!! Love a good cheese scone and these look pretty damn good.

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