Feta, Olive, and Sun-Dried Tomato Scones

Feta, Olive, and Sun-Dried Tomato Scones

It might seem strange that I would choose a recipe from Delia Smith's Winter Collection when it's close to 30 degrees during the day here, but once you try these savory scones you will understand why I just couldn't resist. Containing as they do some of my very favorite ingredients, these cheesy little treats are a comfort food anytime of year as far as I am concerned. Besides, the air conditioning has finally been turned on, which is a reason to celebrate as a heat wave is in the forecast, they don't take too long to prepare, and they are in the oven for a short time. Serve with a soup and salad for lunch or light dinner, or simply enjoy as a satisfying snack.

Feta, Olive, and Sun-Dried Tomato Scones

Feta, Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato SconesFeta, Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato Scones
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Adapted from Delia Smith's Winter Collection
Published on July 15, 2008

Easy, delicious savory quick bread biscuits with feta cheese, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh thyme — a terrific afternoon snack or dinner accompaniment

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 12 to 15 minutes

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  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 1/3 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme (1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled or cut into small cubes
  • 12 black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • a few teaspoons of milk
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in hot water for 20 minutes. Reserve a tablespoon of the soaking liquid, then drain and chop the tomatoes.

  • Preheat an oven to 425°F and grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, combine the flours, salt, baking powder, cayenne and mustard powder. Stir well. Now add the olive oil and the reserved tablespoon of liquid from the soaked sun-dried tomatoes. Using a fork, work the oil into the flour until a lumpy dough forms. Now stir in the thyme, feta, sun-dried tomatoes and olives.

  • In a small bowl, beat together the egg and the milk. Pour into the flour mixture and stir with a fork to combine.

  • Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured board and knead a few times. At this point, you can roll out the mixture to roughly a 1-inch thickness and cut into 2-inch circles, or you can just shape the dough into small flat rounds.

  • Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush each scone with milk, sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the scones turn golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm or cool.

Makes 12 scones

Feta, Olive, and Sun-Dried Tomato Scones


Anonymous said...

They do sound great--and scones do bake up so fast, they should be enjoyed all year round. Glad you finally got your A/C!

Shreya said...

Hi, the scones look delicious. Lovely pics

Cindy said...

Those sound and look really good. I am going to have to turn the oven on and try them.

eatme_delicious said...

Ooo I've been craving savoury scones but wasn't sure what kind to make. These look perfect! I love the feta on top.

Ivy said...

I wouldn't mind turning my oven on for these delicious scones. Great combination.

Mallika said...

Dear God, these look divine. I'd love one right now.

karuna said...

havent heard combination of such flavours for a scone, nice recipe

Johanna GGG said...

yep - looks like an excellent combination of ingredients at any time of the year

jasmine said...

I'm a fan of what I think of as "traditional Delia" (as opposed to "newfangled, processed food promoting Delia")--she's gotten me through many a query.

I adore the flavours in this scone--winter or summer.


Anonymous said...

Savory breads (scones, biscuits, etc...) are some of my favorite treats. This one sounds great.
And, I'm happy you have AC! It's nearly impossible to cook in such heat otherwise.

Astra Libris said...

Oh my goodness, as soon as I saw the title, I was enraptured... You've taken one of my very favorite breads, and added some of my very favorite ingredients! They sound absolutely amazing!

test it comm said...

Those scones look amazing! So many great flavours packed into them. I would probably finish them off while they were still warm from the oven.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I have been gallavanting across the countryside so missed so many great posts but what's not to love about these savory scones:D

Laura Paterson said...

These look delicious - I love savoury scones... and all your ingredients!

Anonymous said...

Yum -- I appreciate savory scones more than their sweet counterparts. thanks for this interesting combination of flavors.