Roasted red pepper and garlic scones

by Sunita on May 13, 2009

Scones, usually the savoury ones, are very popular in our household. Mini or medium sized, round, rectangular or square shaped, we just love them. We usually enjoy the little ones as snacks and the bigger ones as accompaniments with soup.

In our neck of the woods, the sun has been shining down on us. But the gusty winds do send a shiver down one’s spine, which means it is not that warm yet. And this also means that a bowl of hot soup is still very desirable. And that is exactly what we had last night… a bowl of simple lentil soup, some roasted asparagus and a few roasted red pepper and garlic scones. Roasted and pureed red pepper gives a wonderful hue and the garlic it’s flavour.

What’s needed-

1 roasted red pepper, seeded , chopped and pureed ( to roast- rub the pepper with a little olive oil and roast on stove top till charred. Scrape the charred skin with a spoon.)
7-8 cloves of garlic with the skin on
4 tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
2 C of whole wheat flour (atta)
2 spears of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 C grated cheddar cheese ( I used Dutch Gouda cheese)
3/4 C milk + a little extra for brushing the tops

For topping- Sunflower seeds, nigella seeds, crushed red chillies

How to-

  1. In a small bowl, place the garlic cloves and drizzle the oil over them. Microwave for about 45 seconds or till the cloves are tender ( they should not burn). Peel and finely chop or crush the garlic, reserving the oil. Let it cool.
  2. Pre heat the oven at 220 deg C and lightly dust a baking tray with flour.
  3. In a bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, rosemary, garlic+ oil and cheese. Rub everything together with the fingertips till the mixture resemble coarse crumbs.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Mix together the pureed red pepper and milk and tip into the well. Quickly gather everything together to form a rough ball. Do not knead.
  5. Place the dough on a floured board and pat or roll it out with a floured rolling pin to a rectangle of about 3/4 cm in thickness. Cut out triangles of about 6cm by 6cm by 7cm.
  6. Arrange the triangles on the prepared tray. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle a mixture of the toppings.
  7. Place the tray in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for about 16-19 minutes or till the tops are light brown and a toothpick inserted through the centre comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for a fewseconds and then transfer to a rackto cool completely, if serving later. Otherwise serve warm with soup or with some other sauce/dip. If using later, reheat in the microwave.

As I mentioned before, we had this with some soup, and yet again, they sold out like hot cakes.

The lovely hue from the pepper and  the flavours of garlic was wonderful.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 snookydoodle May 13, 2009 at 6:18 am

oh I love roseted red pepper and these look so good :)


2 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:40 am

Thanks :-)


3 SuperChef May 13, 2009 at 6:32 am

love the colour that the red pepper has given to these scones..can only imagine the flavour with all the garlic and herbs and everything!! awesome!


4 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:40 am

Thank you…we did love them a lot :-)


5 Rosa May 13, 2009 at 6:51 am

Oh, waht wonderful scones! I love red pepper and garlic so much!




6 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:41 am

Thanks Rosa…we love those two too :-)


7 Meeta May 13, 2009 at 6:54 am

how divine these look. i enjoy savory scones and will have to give this a go!


8 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:41 am

Thanks Meeta…do give it a try :-)


9 Parita May 13, 2009 at 7:08 am

Wow very delicious and tasty scones, m sure they must have tasted fab :)


10 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:42 am

Thanks parita…we did love them :-)


11 CurryLeaf May 13, 2009 at 9:19 am

Never tried scones with whole wheat.Love the savoury and wheat scones.They look great


12 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

I always make them with whole wheat and they come out quite well, if I may say so :-)


13 Soma May 13, 2009 at 11:49 am

Sunita, the flavors here are all my favorite. I can imagine how great this must have been. Looks like something i can handle to make, so i am bookmarking this:-D will let you know. I have to make these realy rally soon!


14 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

Thanks Soma…do give them a try :-)


15 Bong Mom May 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm

What a nice dinner to have. And those look delicious


16 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:44 am

Thanks …and yes, we did love our dinner that night :-)


17 Srimathi May 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

A wonderful variation from the sweet scones. I think this would taste good because I love garlic and bell peppers.The photos are very nice. I will give this one a try for sure.


18 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:45 am

Thanks…i usually make the savoury versions :-)


19 Pavithra Kodical May 13, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Scones look yummy :) Would love to try these at home.


20 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:45 am

Thanks Pavithra…do give them a try :-)


21 Rosie May 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm

What beautiful scones – love the red pepper and garlic -yum!


22 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:47 am

Thanks Rosie :-)


23 rashmi May 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Sunita,I made these and they turned out yummy…i loved them..thanks


24 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:48 am

You’re most welcome rashmi…glad you like them :-)


25 Hélène May 14, 2009 at 2:24 am

Nice that you have the sun, we have rain since couple days. Great treat that you prepared.


26 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:49 am

Thanks Helene…it’s started to rain on and off since last evening…clearing up a bit now, as i look outside :-)


27 Nirmala May 14, 2009 at 3:52 am

Some scones are in my mind to try. I made cream scones long back but I long to make some whenever I see the blogs. Your’s seem to be a perfect one as savory scones are much invited at home. With the soup it would have tastes heavenly!


28 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

Yes, we do love savoury scones…give them a try, Nirmala :-)


29 Shreya May 14, 2009 at 3:58 am

Beautiful color!! I love these, and an amazing combo of red pepper and garlic:-)


30 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

Thanks Shreya :-)


31 sushma May 14, 2009 at 4:56 am

thats a very nice combo for scones.. they look lovely.. would love to have them with a cup of coffee :)


32 Sunita May 14, 2009 at 11:40 am

Thanks Sushma :-)


33 A&N May 14, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Love red peppes in anything :)


34 rekha May 14, 2009 at 5:22 pm

they came out so very well looks so mouthwatering


35 ttfn300 May 15, 2009 at 12:17 am

these sound fantastic! and perfect soup accompaniment :)


36 Soma May 16, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Sunita.. I just made these, without the cheese but with sun dried tomatoes along with whatever u did. They are just out from the oven & i took a bite, they are sooooo good! Thanks! now i have my confidence to try it in different ways too!!


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