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Mature Cheddar Scones with Smoked Sage Butter

Cheese scones are definitely a favourite for a weekend breakfast in the Clayton household and this recipe takes it to a new level with the smoked sage butter.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine British
Servings 4 People


  • Sage smoking gun with hickory wood chips (optional)


Smoked Sage Butter

  • 125 g Salted butter
  • Handful of sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 Small white onion , finely diced
  • ¼ tsp Smoked paprika

Mature Cheddar Scones

  • 130 g Self-raising flour
  • 30 g Cold butter
  • 80 ml milk
  • 70 g Mature cheddar cheese, grated


Making the Smoked Sage Butter

  • Place the softened butter in a mixing bowl. Add the sage, white onion and smoked paprika. If you have unsalted butter make sure you add salt at this stage. Mix the ingredients together.
  • Place some cling film over the top of the bowl and put in the smoke using the smoke gun. Allow the smoke to infuse into the butter for 10 minutes. Give the butter a mix and repeat this process until the smoke infiltrates the butter to your desired taste.
  • Then roll the butter into a sausage shape about 1 inch thick and wrap in clingfilm. Place in the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours

Making the Mature Cheddar Scones

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  • Using your fingertips mix the cold butter with the self-raising flour until it forms a breadcrumb like texture. Add in half of the cheese and the milk until it forms a soft dough.
  • Roll the dough out on a floured surface to a thickness of 2 cm. Using a circular cutter cut out the scones. It is up to you what size you want to make them, just keep a eye on them in the oven as depending on the size they could take longer to bake.
  • Brush the scones with milk and sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Bake on a baking sheet in the oven for 10-15 minutes until they have risen and have turned a golden brown colour.
  • Once cooked, transfer the scones to a wired rack to cool slightly.
  • Serve warm with the smoked sage butter.


The butter will still be good for up to a week if kept in the fridge and up to 2 month if kept in the freezer.
Keyword cheese scone, sage butter, Scone, scones, smoked butter