Watercress And Cheese Scones

Recipe courtesy of Watercress.

Watercress And Cheese Scones

Watercress And Cheese Scones: Afternoon Tea. Hello friends. So how are you today? Are you planning afternoon tea? Cheese scones, anyone? So tasty.

Watercress And Cheese Scones: A tangy alternative to the traditional sweet scone served with cream.  These watercress And cheese scones are so delicious with butter or perhaps topped with a cream cheese.

Watercress And Cheese Scones Great For Afternoon Tea:

I love cheese scones. So do you fancy making some watercress and cheese scones?

Enjoy these delicious scones that are ideal for afternoon tea while indulging in the exquisite combination of watercress and cheese. These scones will make your tea hour more enjoyable because they are buttery, flaky, and overflowing with fresh flavours. Enjoy the delicious combination of creamy cheese and peppery watercress, which makes every bite savoury. These Watercress and Cheese Scones are a delicious twist on a traditional treat that you can enjoy with your guests.

Table Of Contents:

Watercress And Cheese Scones:

  • Firstly, Watercress And Cheese Scones Ingredients.
  • Secondly, Watercress And Cheese Scones Method.
  • Thirdly, More Recipe Ideas.

How To Make Watercress And Cheese Scones:

Calories: 172 

Preparation: 10mins 

Cooking: 15 – 20mins 

Serves: 9


  • 100g watercress
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder (optional)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 50g butter, cubed
  • 75g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 200ml buttermilk plus a little for brushing the tops
  • A pinch or two of cayenne pepper
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Watercress And Cheese Scones (How To Make):


  1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 220oC/Fan 200oC/ Gas Mark 7. Reserve a few small sprigs of watercress to decorate the tops. Finely chop the remainder.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and mustard into a large bowl. Add the salt, butter, then use your fingertips to rub it into the dry ingredients. Stir in the chopped watercress and two thirds of the cheese, mix well.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the buttermilk and mix together with a round bladed knife to form a soft dough.
  4. Very lightly knead on a floured surface, then use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough to a thickness of 2.5cm. Use a 6cm plain round cutter to press out circles of the dough, re-rolling lightly, as necessary. The mixture should make 9 scones.
  5. Place the scones on an oiled large baking sheet. Brush each with a little buttermilk (or milk), top with a sprig of watercress, then scatter over the remaining cheese.  Dust with a little pinch of cayenne if liked, then bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25 mins or until golden on the top. Leave to cool on the baking tray for 5 mins before serving warm.
Watercress And Cheese Scones

Watercress And Cheese Scones: How To Make Some

This recipe was created by Keri Astill-Frew who splits her time between being a development chef for The Watercress Company and building her own vegetarian and vegan catering business, V Dorset.

Keri has also worked in top restaurants across the UK including a Michelin star hotel in Lancashire and a variety of fine dining restaurants and gastro-pubs in Dorset and Sussex. 

She is passionate about watercress, both as an ingredient and for its fantastic health benefits and is devoted to developing new and delicious ways for you to incorporate more of it into your diet.  

So for more information and many more recipes please visit The Watercress Company or Watercress.

Watercress And Cheese Scones: Afternoon Tea. Recipe Photography credits Lara Jane Thorpe.

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Watercress And Cheese Scones
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  1. helenfern
    29 March 2019 / 12:44

    I love scones!! Pinning this one. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – have a wonderful weekend.

    • 18 April 2019 / 20:04

      Thanks for stopping by Helen.

  2. 8 March 2019 / 17:42

    Claire, another thing I like about these scones as they give me a way to use up the watercress left over from the egg and cress sandwiches! #prettypintastic

  3. Heather
    5 March 2019 / 13:09

    Those look amazing. I could go for some Afternoon Tea today!

    • 7 March 2019 / 13:09

      Thnaks for stopping by Heather. Aww, it would be lovely.