Sunday, 9 June 2013

Leek, walnut and blue cheese scones

I see a lot of scone recipes online.  In fact, I counted 50 scone recipes bookmarked on my Delicious account.  So when I say that one of these recipes has been calling to me, you know it has to be good to stand out from all the rest.  When I saw a bag of fresh walnuts at Coburg  Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago, Immediately thought of Karen's Wensleydale Cheese, Leek and Walnut Scones that I have hankered after ever since she wrote about them.

My memory wasn't quite as accurate as I initially thought.  I decided to make the scones but I thought it was blue cheese rather than Wensleydale.  Or perhaps my mind was just accommodating the lack of Wensleydale cheese at the market.

When E was disappointed at the hot food offerings at the market, I said I would make scones for lunch.  This is not a scone recipe to make in a hurry.  Especially if you have to shell the walnuts as well as fry the leeks. 

Best to make it after spending a morning sampling food at the local farmers market.  No one will complain about the scones not being ready before mid-afternoon.

On the other hand it is a recipe that is lunch in a scone.  It is full of vegetables and protein.  E didn't think I should use as much cheese as Karen did.  I think he was right.  I halved the amount of cheese and yet the blue cheese flavour made its presence felt without being overwhelming.  Yet Sylvia wasn't that impressed.  There were too many bits for her.  E found them pleasing. 

I was excited that they were every bit as good as I had anticipated.  Full of flavour.  Enough blue cheese to make it feel decadent.  Enough leek to make it feel healthy.  With the occasional crunch.  Soft and pillow.  I had to take lots of photos.  They were truly glorious.  Perfect for a lazy autumn afternoon in a kitchen that is crowded with farmers market produce.

I am sending these to Jac's Bookmarked Recipes event.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Cheese and onion beer bread, British memories, British recipes
Two years ago: Maple scones and trash and treasure
Three years ago: Advice for Gluten Free beginners and kids
Four years ago: Butterscotch and Banner Surprises
Five years ago: Shamburgers

Leek, walnut and blue cheese scones
Adapted from Lavender and Lovage
Makes about 18 to 20 scones

1 medium leek
2-3 tsp butter
225g self raising flour (I used half wholemeal and half white)
pinch of salt
50g butter
60g crumbled blue cheese
50g chopped walnuts
1 egg
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk, plus extra to brush scones

Preheat oven to 220 C (or 230 C if you have a slow oven like mine).  Grease an oven tray.

Trim leek, cut in half lenthwise and wash well.  Slice leeks and fry in 2-3 tsp of butter until soft.  Set aside.

Rub 50g butter into flour and salt.  Stir in leeks, blue cheese and walnuts.  Lightly beat egg with 1/4 cup milk and gently stir into flour mixture to make a soft dough.  Add remaining 1/4 cup of milk if required.  (This will depend on the leeks.)

Tip dough onto a floured board - flour hands well if a bit sticky.  Pat down to about 2 cm thick.  Dip scone cutter into flour and cut out scones.  I found it hard to cut cleanly because of the leeks.  This just adds to the rustic look of the scones.  Place scones on prepared tray.  I place them close together so that sides are softer.

Brush scones with extra milk.  Bake until golden brown.  (Karen at Lavender and Lovage took 12 minutes at 220 C.  My oven took 20 minutes at 230 C.)

When the scones come out of the oven wrap in a clean tea towel - apparently it keeps the crust softer - I do it because my mum always did.  If you have any cool scones left, keep them in an airtight container - or do as I did and leave them on the bench until dinner when you decide to eat leftover scones with soup.

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15 comments:

  1. I LOVE your memory mistake. Blue cheese ALL THE WAY.

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    1. Thanks Hannah - I guess my memory was just my gut instinct!

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  2. Good grief, fifty bookmarked scone recipes! But you're right, these do stand out - I love a bit of blue cheese.

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    1. Thanks Cindy - I have made a few of them (but they don't include the scone recipes on my blog, of which there are a few)

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  3. These look lovely and wholesome. I love the idea of adding the leeks to the scone mix, brilliant idea with the cheese.

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    1. Thanks Katie - the leeks are great - it makes it like welsh rarebit scones - now there is another scone idea (though am sure someone has already thought of it)

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  4. I truly don't make savory scones enough! The flavors in these sound fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Joanne - savoury scones are one of the easiest "breads" to make which is why I make them every now and again

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  5. I can really see why you were drawn to this recipe Johanna! It looks like a divine flavour combination! :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine - oh yes - it is some of my favourite things in a scone

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  6. Lovely scones! I actually prefer savoury option for snacks and brunch!!

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    1. Thanks Anh - me too - if I have a good tasty savoury scone, that is lunch or breakfast sorted!

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  7. These are my kinda scones, Johanna. I wish Sylvia would have enjoyed them more though. Perhaps there is a way of getting rid of those bumps:) I'm going to save this recipe. I like the notion that they are savory.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  8. They look amazing Johanna! I can't tell you how much I want to reach in and grab one. What a brilliant combination of flavours. I just love them!

    Love that plate too!

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  9. Oh and I almost forgot to thank you for entering them. How rude! Oh and the Bookmarked Recipe roundup is live. Really late this month, what with Cyprus, then London!

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