Quark Scones

There is nothing better than a warm scone with homemade strawberry jam topped with a big blob of clotted cream.

These scones are made with quark which is available in most supermarkets, and which gives the scone a lovely light texture and a rich flavour. Quark is a soft, fresh cheese, that has a similar creamy texture to sour cream and a mild tangy taste.

It is high in protein, virtually fat-free and low in both salt and sugar.

Quark Scones

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins

Ingredients

  • 350 g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 75 g butter
  • 250 g Quark
  • 100-120 ml buttermilk
  • 1 egg

Sweet

  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 100 g raisins dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots

Savoury

  • 100 g Mature cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • Pinch of black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 190C / Gas Mark 5
  • Sift the flour and baking powder together.
  • Add the butter and rub into the flour to make fine breadcrumbs or put them into a food processor and whizz to make fine crumbs.
  • At this point depending whether sweet or savoury add the sugar and fruit or cheese and pepper into the mix.
  • In a separate bowl, add 100ml buttermilk to the quark and stir well to mix.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the quark and mix to a soft dough adding the remaining quark if needed.
  • Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and until gently press the dough flat to about 4cm thick.
  • Use a 5.5cm plain round cutter to press out 12-14 scones, re-rolling the dough as necessary.
  • Transfer the scones to a baking tray and brush the top of the scones with egg.
  • Bake them for 15-20 mins until risen and golden brown on top.

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