I love and afternoon tea, especially the scones, but I’m definitely all about the savoury food. So I wanted to make something a little different with a savoury version for Afternoon Tea. I think we can all agree that cheese scones are delicious but I wanted to add a little extra flavour, so decided on bacon and spring onions, because what a combination!

Cheese, Bacon, & Spring onion scones  

Makes 6 (medium) to 8 (small) scones


  • 225g self-raising flour
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 55g chilled butter, cut into cubes
  • 120g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 rashers of streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 100-120ml milk, plus 1 tbsp for glazing
  • Candied Jalapeno Hot Relish (Buy Here)
  • Philadelphia cream cheese  


  1. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper into a bowl and make sure they are thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the butter to the bowl and combine with fingertips until it makes a breadcrumb consistency.
  4. Sprinkle 100g of the cheese into the bowl and rub into the mixture. 
  5. Add the bacon and spring onions and distribute evenly.
  6. Make a well in the middle and add most of milk and make a fairly soft but firm dough. Add the remainder of the milk a little at a time to find the right consistency.
  7. Lightly flour a surface and roll out until 2cm thick.
  8. Cut out the scones with a cutter, then put on a baking tray, glaze with milk and sprinkle on the remaining cheese.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  10. Let the scones cool for 15 minutes and serve still warm with cream cheese and Hot Relish and a cup of tea.