These savoury scones smell absolutely delicious out of the oven and make perfect party food
- 225g (8oz) self-raising flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
- 40g (1½ oz) diced butter
- 2tbsp chopped parsley
- 100g (4oz) Cheddar cheese
- 150ml (¼ pt) milk
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F, gas mark 7). Sift the self-raising flour into a bowl with the baking powder, a large pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Rub the diced butter into flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the chopped parsley and 50g (2oz) Cheddar cheese.
Add the milk and mix to make a fairly soft dough. Roll out on a floured surface to a 2cm (¾ in) thickness. Use a small round cutter and stamp out 12 small scones, re-rolling the dough once.
Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush the tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake for 8-10 mins until golden brown and risen. Cool on a wire rack.
Serve warm from the oven with slices of cheese and tomato.