– Scones –
Wensleydale Cheese, Leek & Walnut Scones
for Tea Time Treats
Okay, as most of you know the tea time treats challenge this month is SCONES. Scones, the mainstay of the tea time table……..sweet ones with dollops of cream and fruit jam, dried fruit ones, cherry ones, buttermilk ones…..and then there’s the savoury ones such as cheese, or cheese and chive…..I could live off scones on a daily basis, they are just my favourite baked (non-yeast) quick bread, so easy to whip up and with so many variations. Now, I DO love a sweet scone, especially one that is laden with thick clotted cream with a strawberry jam topping…..but, I am a savoury scone lover too, and to be honest, a cheese scone USUALLY wins over a sweet scone for me. My favourite cheesy scone is a simple cheese and chive scone, liberally buttered with a slice of smoked ham betwixt its top and bottom, think cheese and ham butty but scone style, sublime!
But then I had an idea; having surveyed a couple of lone leeks lounging in the pantry with a jar of walnut halves on the shelf above, I thought why not a cheese scone with leeks? And walnuts too…..a savoury feast in a small package, rather lush I thought….so, I had a little experiment with a basic plain rich scone dough, and it worked! These were JUST fabulous, quite moist due to the sautéed leeks and yet with a nutty texture due to the walnuts, and all bound up in a Yorkshire cheesy heaven. They rose quite high and had a lovely light texture. We had them (well, two each) for lunch with a small salad, extra walnuts and some more Wensleydale cheese, a vegetarian feast and also very filling……a posh Ploughman’s lunch if you will.
I can see these making a nice change for the children’s lunch box, as well as being wonderful when served with soup or a casserole…… So here they are, my entry for tea time treats this month, and I am sure I will be baking many more scones over the next few weeks, for friends and family of course as well as us…….I hope you will try this recipe, if you don’t have any leeks, maybe lightly sautéed red onions would work too……OH NO! I feel another cheese recipe coming on! I will be back as usual with more pies, fishy dishes and the last of my violet recipes as well as CAKE! Bye for now, see you later, Karen.