Making a meal from what’s in your cupboard: easy cheese scones


I’ve said before that I try to be smart with my money so that I can go on lovely holidays, and SHOP. And being smart with my money also applies to food. I used to buy my dinner every night on the way home from work and it cost me a fortune.  So now, I plan meals and I do a weekly shop.  It has made such a difference.

But on the odd occasion that my planning has gone wrong – we’re short of food or I’ve been too tight and haven’t accounted for the fact that P and I eat a lot more than we probably should – it’s good to have a few recipes up my sleeve that allow me to create a meal or a snack from the basics in my cupboard.

My first example: Chilli cheese scones

They’re tasty, tempting and almost posh(!) but they are one of the easiest things to make in the world. Also, they’re a great substitute for bread if you’ve run out.


To make 6 small ones, which will do two of you for a meal with some ham (ooh or proscuitto!!), all you need is:

4 oz self raising flour

Seven twists of a salt mill (ish)

1 oz of butter

1/2 tspn of chilli flakes (omit if you fancy regular cheese scones)

1/2 oz grated cheddar (the more mature the better)

75ml milk


Mix together the flour, salt and chilli flakes and then add the softened butter.  Once mixed well, chuck in the cheese and the milk and you’ll see it form a dough like consistency.  Combine into one ball, lift out of the bowl and place on a floured surface.

Knead it a bit, flatten to 2cm thick with the palm of your hand and then cut into small rounds.  I used an espresso cup as my cutter and it worked pretty well.

raw scones

Once you’ve got your 6 rounds, lay them on a greased baking tray, brush with milk and then bung them in the oven at 200 degrees fan for 15 minutes until golden brown.

cheese chilli scones

It takes about 20 mins in total to make the things and you’ll feel so resourceful. You’ll also have saved yourself a few quid! Enjoy!

cheese scones

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  1. Kelsea Sullivan
    May 19, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Love how easy these are! I too find myself struggling to find a decent meal when I don’t have much left in the fridge & cupboard, so I’ll definitely keep this recipe handy for times like that. Thanks for sharing!

  2. June 18, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Yum! Reading your blog always makes me so hungry!

  3. June 18, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Whoo your cheese scones look so tasty. I had not had any in year, then last week my husband got some for us. I really need to make my own now 🙂

  4. June 18, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    We never realised how easy these were to make! Might have to try these at home on one of our toddler baking sessions 🙂

    • Bella
      November 5, 2016 / 2:23 pm

      There’s a terrific amount of knwoledge in this article!

  5. June 19, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Haven’t made scones for ages, they look delicious

  6. June 19, 2016 / 10:39 am

    I am absolutely rubbish at making scones, they always either rise too much or not enough, I am yet to make the perfect middle x

  7. Kerry Norris
    June 19, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Gosh these look so easy to make. My daughter will have to have a go at these with me x

  8. June 19, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Cheese scones are one of my favorites, I haven’t made scones in so long and never tried adding chili which I imagine makes them taste even betterbetter, I’m saving and going to try them myself. 🙂

  9. June 20, 2016 / 6:36 am

    These looks really tasty and seem really easy to make. It’s cool how much they grow too!

    Alina | DIY blogger

  10. June 20, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    LOVE cheese scones!! Havent had them since I became gluten free but I could substitute the flour for a GF one. They look delicious!

  11. Ella Ivoire
    June 20, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    It looks so delicious! Oh glorious cheese scones, why are you so good??!

  12. June 21, 2016 / 2:29 am

    I adore cheese scones! My nan used to make them so they are delicious and nostalgic for me. I like the idea to add a touch of chilli xx

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