Cheesy potato and rosemary scones

by Sunita on July 2, 2010

Time does fly. Before I even realised, half of the year is already over. The advent of July means that there are just a few more weeks before Rengoni and Agastya’s school breaks up for the summer holidays. This is also their last term in their present class. Come September, when their school reopens after the summer holidays, they will be in a new class.

So, it’s been quite busy for them , lately- end of term projects, trips, concerts, discos, phew! The weather, too, has definitely been on the very bright side, lately- the sun barely leaving our sides. The pollen’s making meĀ  sneeze a lot, but, it doesn’t matter- being out and about on our bikes is something we really enjoy, and the weather is definitely helping.

On the kitchen front, light simple meals have been the order of the day. Yesterday, I made some savoury cheese, potato and rosemary scones, which we lapped up with some green lentil soup and salad. The recipe came about due to the bowl of mashed potatoes left over from something I made earlier. As we are always game for a savoury scone, these cheesy potato and rosemary scones were born. I must mention , however that the colour of the top of the scones may vary if you are using a different cheese, say cheddar. I have used Red Leicester cheese and it imparts this pretty hue to dishes. However, the taste will still be as good.

What’s needed-

2 c of whole wheat flour (atta) + extra for dusting
1 and 1/2 C of mashed potato
2 T of finely chopped rosemary
1 tsp salt
1 tblsp English mustard (optional)
2 tblsp olive oil
6tblsp +5 tblsp of grated cheddar cheese ( I used Red Leicester cheese)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c milk+ a little extra for brushing the tops
1 egg, lightly beaten

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 220 deg C and line a baking tray with non stick baking paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix together everything, except the potatoes,egg, 5tblsp of cheese and milk. Rub the ingredients with the fingertips till it resembles fine crumbs.
  3. Gently mix in the mashed potatoes.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Mix together the milk and egg and pour into the well. Lightly mix till everything is just moistened. It will be a sticky mess at this point, but there’s nothing to worry.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a well floured board and with floured hands, knead very lightly to form a ball. It should still be slightly sticky. Do not over knead and do not add too mush flour. Pat into a circle of about 1 and a 1/2 cms in height. Cut into eight equal triangles.
  6. Transfer the triangles to the prepared baking tray, slightly apart from each other. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
  7. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or till puffed and golden.
  8. Transfer to a rack to cool. Serve warm, on it’s own or with a dip, as a snack or as an accompaniment with soup.
  9. If you are storing for later, cool completely on the rack and store in the refrigerator. Warm in the microwave or wrap in foil and heated in a pre heated oven for few minutes..

Am sending these delicious scones over to Lisa as an entry for No Croutons required. Wouod go well with this spicy leek and potato soup or this roasted butternut squash soup or this roasted butternut squash, peppers and leek soup or how about this hearty beans, lentils and pearl barley broth?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Madhuli July 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

Scones look absolutely delicious..Likne savory scones..have to try these.thanks


2 Tejaswini July 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Hi Sunita.. Came across your website 2 days back and am hooked now!! Love the easy recipes!! Will surely try this one out soon…!!


3 Sunita July 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Glad you are liking it here :-)


4 Sweet Artichoke July 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

They looks absolutely delicious! I love their shape and the beautiful pictures!


5 Rosa July 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Those look to die for! I love cheese scones. Great shots too!




6 Sanjeeta kk July 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Wow! The crust looks perfect and quite cheesy. Would like to dig my teeth ASP. Nice clicks. And a great weekend to you too. Take care.


7 Jacqueline July 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Lovely scones Sunita. I have already scribbled down the recipe to try. It is good timing too as they fit in with this month’s No Croutons Required. Why not enter them. Just add a link to your post and email Lisa your details at



8 Sunita July 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Thanks for letting me know Jacqueline :-)


9 SS July 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I prefer savory bakes. So this recipe is really great for me! Thanks for sharing.


10 Anjani July 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I’m going to try them out this sunday! What can i use instead of english mustard?


11 Krista July 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Sunita, these are the most beautiful scones I’ve seen in ages. :-) Wonderfully cheesy and tender, just perfect for this wretchedly dark and rainy day we’re having. :-) Hope you have a lovely weekend!


12 Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal July 2, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Wow, they looks delicious and wonderful !!!


13 RV July 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Deliciousso Sunita.. They look so pretty..


14 Chris July 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm

These look amazing! I have never seen scones with mashed potatoes before. But these look light and delicious!


15 praniskitchen July 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm

delicious scones looks so yummy.. feel to grab some


16 Dhara July 3, 2010 at 1:32 am

Hey Sunita,
Have been visiting your website for more than a year now!!!! Never thought about leaving a comment!!!! Your all recipes look delicious and mouth watering…………I liked this one a lot…….just a simple question. Can I substitute egg with something else????? I would appreciate your reply!
Thanks…………n keep on good work! :)


17 Sharmilee July 3, 2010 at 5:23 am

Sure gona try this soon…..its so tempting!!


18 Sonia July 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Look tempting and I’m sure it does taste delicious. Looks like my version of Garlic pizza. :)


19 Margot July 4, 2010 at 10:48 am

Delicious! I’m looking for some recipes to prepare for my daughter seaside trip and this sounds like a very good snack :)


20 deepali July 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

so gorgeous! is it possible to make this without eggs Sunita…?


21 Barbara Bakes July 5, 2010 at 3:47 am

Scones never looked better. Sound like a perfect side with soup.


22 sweetlife July 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

cheese scones, oh how I love these, great recipe…yum



23 Asha Balakrishnan July 6, 2010 at 7:03 am

Looks very yummy. Something similar is prepared in bangalore bakeries called Dil pasand/dil kush . But it is stuffed with dried coconut shreddings and sugar.


24 Sarah, Maison Cupcake July 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

These scones are a fabulous colour, savoury ones are always my favourites.


25 pr July 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm

sounds yummy! … and easy too… I will certainly try making these scones.. thanks for the lovely dishes … :)


26 rupa July 13, 2010 at 7:16 am

hey can scones be made eggless….would love to try them? and thanks for replying to earlier questions have an awesome blog……totally love it ….and its a one stop destination for people like me ( eggless, whole wheat bakers) I owe all my baking accolades to you and only you Sunita ….


27 Brownieville Girl July 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm

They look fantastic Sunita, what a great combination.


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