Cheese and herb scones…for Pesach!

How many days before you’re fed up with matzah? Three? Four? Maybe you can even make it for five before a sort of desperate craving for some other carb really kicks in. Well, when you reach that point, reach for this recipe, because these Pesach scones are the perfect antidote!

Tasty, cheesy, flavoursome with herbs, these scones have all the light, flaky texture you’re looking for without any of the chametz. They’re amazing warm, with loads of butter. YUM. A bowl of soup and your lunch is all set. You won’t miss the croutons or the toast at all…

Although the main flavour of these delicious scones is that of zesty cheese and fragrant herbs, there is a subtle but distinct taste of matzah meal in the background. However, while I think it wouldn’t be so good in a sweet fruity scone, it does add quite a pleasant depth of flavour to these savoury ones. Excellent!

These were super easy to make in the food processor, but if you’re working by hand this Pesach, these scones would still be fairly trivial to make. Simply rub the butter into the dry ingredients, then add the cheese, egg and milk and bring it together to a soft dough. There’s no strenuous whisking or kneading involved. You can go from a standing start and have them in the oven in about 10 minutes. 

Then sit down and relax while they bake to golden perfection. Let their enticing aroma draw your family into the kitchen for a savoury treat.

So, put these fabulous Pesach cheese and herb scones on your meal planner. You won’t regret it.

Makes 8 small scones.

These tasty, cheesy savoury scones have a light, flaky texture & a delicious flavour, & are completely kosher for Passover! Enjoy warm with loads of butter.

Cheese & Herb Scones for Pesach
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Savoury Pesach scones with cheese & herbs

Light, flaky and delicious savoury scones made for Passover!

Course Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 scones
Author Helen

Ingredients

  • 160 g cake (extra fine) matzah meal (1/2-2/3 cups)
  • 80 g potato flour (potato starch) (2/3 cup)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 50 g butter (scant 1/4 cup)
  • 100 g grated cheese (1 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 ml milk (3.5 tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F). Line a baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick liner.

  2. In a food processor, combine the matzah meal, potato flour, baking powder, herbs, salt and pepper, and butter, until sandy crumbs form.

  3. Add half the grated cheese, the eggs and the milk, and process until just combined into lumpy moist crumbs.

  4. Tip the mixture onto a work surface and gently gather together to form a ball of dough. Flatten into a rectangle approximately 2cm thick. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 pieces.

  5. Place the scones onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little extra milk and sprinkle over the remaining cheese.

  6. Bake at 200C (400F) for 12-15 minutes, until slightly risen and golden.

  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack before serving warm, split, and with plenty of butter.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have a food processor, simply rub in the butter to the dry ingredients, and then mix in the cheese, eggs and milk by hand, to give a soft dough.

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11 Comments:

  1. Hello, what herbs do you use for these? Thank you!

    • Hi Beth. I used dried mixed herbs but you can use any savoury dried herbs you fancy – thyme, oregano, basil or rosemary would all be good I think. Helen x.

  2. Baking powder is Not to be used during Passover.

  3. Not sure if they are related but matzah sounds like matzo and in movies they always refer to matzo ball soup. I definitely want to learn more about Jewish cuisine!

    • Yes, it’s the same thing! Matzah balls are dumplings made with matzah meal, usually served in chicken soup. Very traditional (unlike my scones!)

  4. Don’t think I’ve heard of matzah meal, but these scones look amazing! Love cheesy herby bakes like this, perfect mid-day snack 🙂

    • Thanks Nadia. Matzah meal is simply matzah crackers that have been crushed into crumbs – a bit like dry breadcrumbs.

      • In Hebrew matzah meal is called matzah flour (kemach matzah). If you can’t get fine matzah meal then double sift the meal. Chag sameach.

  5. Ahhh the way you describe these scones makes them sound irresistible! I can’t resist a cheese scone – especially with all that melty butter. Gorgeous!

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