Cheese and Chive English Scones…. Vegan Style!

Apologies for the delay in posting this week’s recipe, but Lil’ L had the last week off school for half-term break. M managed to take four days off work so we really made the most of the family time together. We’ve been on bike rides in the beautiful Cotswold hills, forest and lake walks, a day trip to Cardiff, a couple of trips to the cinema and a visit to Hertfordshire to celebrate a family 50th wedding anniversary. It’s been one amazing, fun-packed week!

I also managed to create a tasty new recipe during the half-term break. The recipe was inspired by these beautiful chives (gifted to me by my friend Vicky ) and some tasty cheese scones that Lil’ L baked during a school cookery class.

Chive Flowers

For me, ‘cheese and chives’ is one of those classic flavour combos, and I could just imagine how well the combo could work in a savoury English scone.

Using my sweet scone recipe as a starting point, I switched the sugar and raisins for vegan cheese and fresh chives.  Since I was planning to use Violife Original (a mild tasting vegan cheese), I decided to add in some nutritional yeast to ramp up the cheesy flavour.

Vegan Cheese and Chive English Scones

Freshly baked and still warm, Lil’ L and I split open a ‘test’ scone and slathered it in vegan cream cheese. It tasted so good! Lil’ L’s friend arrived just at that moment and we gave one to him to try. He nodded his head in approval and then proceeded to tuck into a second.

Filled with encouragement, I immediately set to work baking a second batch. I stashed some in the freezer, and the remainder we’ve been enjoying these past couple of days. Last Friday we took them on our day trip to Cardiff and they made for a tasty lunch on the train. They’re easy to transport and would be great for picnics.

Cheese and Chive Scones

These scones turned out even better than I’d imagined! Though I was pretty confident that the bake would go okay since it was based on a ‘tried and tested’ recipe, I was surprised at how light they turned out for a cheese scone.

The flavour was amazing too. They were actually really cheesy. Unless they’re ‘in the know’, I bet people would never guess that they’re actually vegan!

The mild onion flavour of the chives was indeed the perfect compliment and I loved how they flecked the scones with green.

Cheese and Chive Scones

Cheese and Chive Scones

Thankfully, Lil’ L’s experience of cookery classes in his first year at senior school has been really positive. At the beginning of the term, he was given a list of the recipes he’d be making and the ingredients required. All the recipes were vegetarian, which was a great start, and since he had to provide the ingredients himself, he was able to switch the dairy and eggs for vegan alternatives. It was no trouble at all. I’m not sure the teacher even noticed that he’d ‘veganised’ them ;o)

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11 Responses to Cheese and Chive English Scones…. Vegan Style!

  1. catriona archer

    looks utterly scrummy! x

  2. They look yummy! They may work with a different blend of gluten free flour which has more protein in it such as buckwheat and quinoa. I haven’t tried scones in ages. Which vegan cream cheese do you use?

    • I used Tofutti, which has a lovely flavour and creamy texture. I checked the packaging and it didn’t mention carrageenan (which I try to avoid). However when I checked the product details online, it has carrageenan listed as an ingredient! I’m wondering whether they’ve changed the formula? The Violife cream cheese is delicious but sadly it has the dreaded carrageenan in it. One of these days I should definitely have a go at making my own vegan cream cheese!

  3. Markio

    Delicious. Now I can savoury scones for a starter and sweet ones for pudding…

  4. Glad you’ve been making the most of the time that you’ve had together with your family 🙂 It’s always nice to do that when you can.
    I used to love cheese scones in my pre-vegan days! Awesome that you’ve been able to make some!
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    • Thanks Sandy! I never thought I’d have a cheese scone again after going vegan, but these are incredibly similar to the ones I used to eat. I was amazed at how ‘cheesy’ they turned out!
      I am treasuring the family time as I know there won’t be so much of it when Lil’ L becomes a teenager (which, unbelievably, is later this year!)

  5. Can I ask why they don’t work with GF flour? What goes wrong and then I might experiement to fix it! Thanks! Recipe sounds AMAZING,

    • Hi Aine. When I tried making GF scones by replacing the wheat flour with a GF flour mix the texture was all wrong 🙁 They were as hard as rocks. If you have success in gluten-freeing the recipe, please do let me know! TY xx

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