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Wild Garlic Cheese Scones – Best Cheese Scones Ever

Wild Garlic Cheese Scones

Scones, Spring | 23rd April 2016 | By

Light and delicious cheese scones with a swirl of green wild garlic pesto running through them. To be honest these would be good with any homemade pesto you want to use, but I urge you to give these wild garlic cheese scones a try. At least once.

Since finally getting around to making wild garlic pesto this year, I can’t get enough of it. I’ve made three big batches and apart from some I’ve frozen, I’ve pretty much used it all up. One of the things I’d had in my mind’s eye was scones with a swirl of green running through them. So when I made my first batch of pesto I lost no time in making these swirly wild garlic cheese scones with it.

Wild Garlic Pesto Scones Collage

Eaten warm from the oven, they were completely sublime. No butter or anything else was needed. The scones were also very good when cold and kept their quality on day two. I can’t say what they were like on day three as they didn’t last that long. Despite the wholemeal flour, they were surprisingly light and I can honestly say, the most delicious scones I’ve ever tasted.

Wild Garlic Cheese Scones

These wild garlic cheese scones would make a great addition to an afternoon tea if you’re surfing on the savoury side. They’re eminently dunkable in a nice bowl of lunchtime soup too. If you’re reading this today, you could even whip up a batch to celebrate St George’s Day.

Tips for Wild Garlic Cheese Scones

  • I’ve used a mixture of half wholemeal flour and half plain flour. This means I get some roughage in my scones, but they remain light in texture.
  • When it comes to rolling out, don’t worry if the mixture is a little sticky. Just flour the rolling surface well and it should be fine.
  • Scones don’t take long to cook. To know when they’re done, just tap them on the base. They should sound hollow and look golden.
  • To enjoy these scones all year around, freeze a batch of pesto. You can see how in my wild garlic pesto post.

Does it Have to be Wild Garlic Pesto?

You can, of course, use whatever pesto you have to hand. Homemade pesto is so much nicer than the commercial stuff and if you have a good blender or food processor, you can whip up a batch in no time. I’ve got a few recipes for pesto on the blog from a basil pesto to parsley and almond pesto. I’ve even got one for fat hen and chickweed pesto for the gardeners amongst you.

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Wild Garlic Cheese Scones – The Recipe

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Wild Garlic Cheese Scones

Light and delicious cheese scones with a swirl of green wild garlic pesto running through them. Made with half wholemeal flour and half plain.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cheese, pesto, savoury, scones, wholemeal flour, wild garlic
Servings: 8 scones
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 4 oz (125g) wholemeal flour
  • 4 oz (125g) plain white flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar see note below
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda see note below
  • pinch sea salt
  • grind of black pepper
  • 1 oz (30g) unsalted butter
  • 2 oz (60g) mature cheddar cheese - grated
  • 1 egg
  • 125 ml kefir, buttermilk or watered down yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp wild garlic pesto or pesto of choice


  • In a large bowl, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Stir ¾ of the cheese into the mixture along with the salt and pepper.
  • Make a well in the centre. Break in the egg and pour in the kefir or buttermilk.
  • Stir with a round-bladed knife from the inside out until the mixture comes together.
  • Roll out into a rectangle about ¼ in / 1 cm thick.
  • Spread the pesto over the top in a thin layer, leaving a slight gap around the edges.
  • Roll it up as tightly as possible on the long side to form a log then slice into 8 pieces.
  • Lay the pieces out onto a lined baking tray and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake at 200℃ (400℉, Gas 6) for 20 minutes when the tops should be golden and the bottoms sounding hollow when tapped.


Don't worry if the mixture is a little sticky, just flour the rolling surface well.
If you don't have cream of tarter, just omit this and the bicarbonate of soda and use 1 ½ tsp of baking powder instead.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg


These swirly green scones go to Simple and in Season with Katie at Feeding Boys. I’m also sending them off to Shaheen at A2K – A Seasonal Veg Table for Eat Your Greens. Not forgetting Bake of the Week over at Casa Costello and Maison Cupcake.


  1. shaheen

    23rd April 2016 at 10:40 am

    These sound delicious. I don’t make savoury scones that often but when I do – I love them. I do love the Wild garlic season and its such a versatile green leaf too. Thanks for sharing with #EatYourGreens.

    • Choclette

      23rd April 2016 at 11:35 am

      Wild garlic is wonderful stuff Shaheen. Ive used it in many ways before, but never made pesto. This has opened up all sorts of deliciousness, such as these scones 🙂

  2. Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    23rd April 2016 at 11:50 am

    Oh my, I have to try these – they sound delicious

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:15 am

      They really really are Sarah, definitely worth a try.

  3. Katie Bryson

    23rd April 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Man alive these look amazing! I always surf on the savoury side, so would definitely be partial to one (or perhaps two) of these little beauties!!!! Thanks for entering Simple and in Season this month 🙂

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:14 am

      Thanks Katie. I definitely think you should run to two 😉

  4. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    23rd April 2016 at 3:15 pm

    These look and sound absolutely amazing! I tried wild garlic for the first time a couple of weeks ago and loved it.

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:12 am

      It’s funny, this year seems to be the one for wild garlic, I’ve never seen so many recipes coming out on the net.

  5. Rebecca

    23rd April 2016 at 3:44 pm

    These look very enticing! I’m not sure what wild garlc is or if we have it in the states, but I will be looking for it now.

    • Choclette

      24th April 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Rebecca. You have ramps, Allium tricoccum, which CT says can be used in a similar way.

  6. Janice

    23rd April 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I’m a big fan of the savoury scone and also of wild garlic. Your scones look amazing, I love the sort of swiss roll effect that you have got with the pesto. Thanks for sharing my recipe too.

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:11 am

      Thanks Janice. I had a vision of a Swiss roll type scone and it actually turned out pretty much as I was hoping 🙂

  7. Elizabeth

    24th April 2016 at 9:28 am

    I was absolutely over the moon last year to find a patch of wild garlic here in Shetland. I’ll have to try making my own pesto this year when it’s big enough. These scones look AMAZING!

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:09 am

      Thanks Elizabeth. Hooray for wild garlic in Shetland. Hope there’s enough there for you to harvest.

  8. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    24th April 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I seriously need to find some wild garlic in my area!!! These look fantastic Choclette!

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:08 am

      If you like garlic, these are fantastic, but if wild garlic is hard to find you could use a different type of pesto instead.

  9. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    25th April 2016 at 10:15 am

    Oh YUM. These look right up my street. I’ve never had wild garlic, but I love the idea of adding pesto to these cheesy scones!

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:02 pm

      I know the wild garlic goes brilliantly in these cheese scones, but I strongly suspect most pesto would be a winner.

  10. Aimee

    25th April 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I’m obsessed with anything pesto so these have me drooling! I will have to try a dairy-free version!

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Oh do try a dairy free version Aimee. I was wondering about doing one. It would be easy enough to replace butter with coconut oil, but I wasn’t sure how to get that savoury cheesy flavour in – nutritional yeast flakes perhaps?

  11. All That I'm Eating

    25th April 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Love these!! A great idea for using wild garlic and anything with cheese is good by me!

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Haha, a girl after my own heart. Thank you.

  12. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    25th April 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Mmmm, these look fantabulous! #bakeoftheweek

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Lucy. They tasted fantabulous too 🙂

  13. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    25th April 2016 at 7:07 pm

    They look fantastic. Love that wile garlic pesto.

    • Choclette

      25th April 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Oh I love it too Angie. Sadly the wild garlic has all gone over now, so I’ll have to wait for another year – apart from the bit I managed to stash away in the freezer 😉

  14. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    26th April 2016 at 10:40 am

    I so wish I knew somewhere to forage wild garlic near me, I used to love the smell of it in the woods as a child! Always love a savoury scone more than a sweet one, I’d want to eat the whole batch here!! Thanks for joining in with #BAKEoftheWEEK !

    • Choclette

      27th April 2016 at 9:17 am

      Yes, I guess London is a bit problematic when it comes to wild garlic, although I got some in my veg box a couple of weeks ago.

  15. Phil in the Kitchen

    26th April 2016 at 11:22 pm

    All the wild garlic I gathered this year went in pasta and bread but I’m wishing I’d made these now. I’m pretty sure that there’s a sheltered patch of wild garlic down by the local river that will still be worth collecting – so maybe there’s still hope.

    • Choclette

      27th April 2016 at 9:13 am

      Ah but pasta and bread are good ways to go Phil. I’m intrigued by the bread and may have to attempt something on that line next year.

  16. Lucy

    27th April 2016 at 7:06 pm

    These would be so perfect with a bowl of tomato soup. I’m so excited to start cooking with spring garlic. Can’t wait to try these scones!

    • Choclette

      28th April 2016 at 11:17 am

      Ooh yes, tomato soup is a good idea Lucy. It would make for a good colour contrast too 🙂

  17. Mary * The Goodie Godmother

    27th April 2016 at 7:16 pm

    We used to have a wonderful garlic vendor near our old home where we could find all sorts of beautiful varieties of garlic… I miss him more now after reading this recipe! In my corner of suburbia, the shop garlic is all I have. What a lovely recipe!

    • Choclette

      28th April 2016 at 11:16 am

      Thank you Mary. Love the idea of a garlic vendor. I’ve never seen anything for sale here other than straightforward garlic – although that is wonderful stuff which I wouldn’t be without.

  18. lisa | Garlic + Zest

    27th April 2016 at 7:46 pm

    These sound so good to me. I’m definitely more of a savory scone person!

    • Choclette

      28th April 2016 at 11:13 am

      It sounds like these scones are for you Lisa 🙂

  19. Catherine

    27th April 2016 at 8:04 pm

    These savory scones look and sound delicious! I love the wild garlic pesto too…absolutely fabulous! xo, Catherine

    • Choclette

      28th April 2016 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Catherine. I can’t get enough of the wild garlic pesto at the moment.

  20. Molly Kumar

    27th April 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Super Yum – they look so good n delicious.

    • Choclette

      28th April 2016 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Molly, we’ve decided we need more of them in our life 😉

  21. The VegHog

    30th April 2016 at 11:31 am

    What a great recipe, I want to eat 10 now! Thank you for sharing with Eat Your Greens. I will be posting the round up soon. 🙂

    • Choclette

      30th April 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Haha, if you could manage ten, I’d be mightily impressed 🙂

  22. Dom

    1st May 2016 at 2:53 pm

    they really do look exceptionally good. I’ve just picked a whole heap of Wild Garlic and have lots of plans, including these scones. Utterly divine stuff C x

    • Choclette

      1st May 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Glad you got hold of some finally Dom. It’s wonderful stuff indeed and I can’t help but say … so are these scones 😉


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