Mini Chorizo and Pesto Scones

1 August 2014

Chorizo and Pesto Scones Recipe

I've never been so in love with a piece of bakeware as when I bought my miniature muffin tray back at Christmas for my mince pies. I insisted I would be cooking everything in miniatures - other baking trays would never meet my oven again - but then once the excitement of the holidays passed, it lay forgotten at the back of a cupboard and my attention strayed elsewhere. Until this week, when I finally started unpacking my enormous box of baking supplies and we were gleefully reunited.

In a bid to get my co-workers to calm down asking for samples of my baked goods (every day for three weeks, really guys? are you really that hungry?) I created this recipe for miniature scones because mini = more to share! The reactions were pretty good (I won't repeat them here though. Expletives were used) and I think they'd make really cute snacks to take to a picnic or summer barbecue so they're definitely something I'll be making again. You probably aren't supposed to make scones in a muffin tray (and yes, I realise I've used them for everything but muffins so far) but when I saw how adorable they looked I decided to let myself off the hook for that one.

Chorizo and Pesto Scones Recipe

(makes about 20 mini scones or approx 8 full sized ones)
230g self-raising flour
1 egg
30g butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons sundried tomato pesto (shop bought is fine but if you're feeling really ambitious you can make you own)
50g diced chorizo
75ml of milk
100g of cheese (or a little bit extra if you want some to top the scones but I completely forgot this step when I made mine)

Start by gently frying off the chorizo and then set aside to cool (they don't need to cool completely, just for a few minutes).

In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, paprika and basil then rub into the butter until it looks a little more like breadcrumbs. Stir in your cheese and chorizo to your breadcrumbs mixture then in a separate bowl whisk together your egg and milk. 

Add the wet ingredients (egg/milk mixture and the pesto) to the rest of your mixture - I've found the easiest way to be to start mixing in with a fork or a wooden spoon and then finish combining with your hands. 

You can roll the dough out and use a cutter but I found just rolling them into rough circles works fine. If you're using a tray like mine, you'll want to fill each hole about 2/3 of the way or for different sizes just roll them out however you like and place on a greased tray (but remember they will rise!). If you've got some leftover cheese or fresh herbs, sprinkle these on top and then bake at 200°c for about 10-15 minutes (longer for bigger scones) or until they've started to brown on top.

Don't forget to get in touch or leave a comment if you make these and let me know what you thought.


  1. Uh, yummmmmmm! These look delish! Totally trying out this recipe!

    1. Thank you lovely! Let me know how it goes if you do :) x

  2. This sounds like a great recipe! I love pesto so I think I have to give this a whirl. If you had a moment could you check out my new post?

    1. Thank you! I am such a huge fan of pesto, I was so excited to find another excuse to use it! Let me know how you get on with them :) x

  3. They look and sound great! Totally love pesto, but have never thought of combining it with chorizo. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Thank you! It's amazing the blends of foods you can come up with when you have a lot of things in your cupboard that are all about to go off! I'm just pleased it went as well as it did so I hope you enjoy them too :)

  4. Chorizo and pesto? I'm all in! I will have to try this soon. I think they'll be perfect breakfast to go. Thank you for sharing, Hannah!

  5. Hannah WebsterAugust 14, 2014

    thanks Alex! be sure to send me a photo if you do make them :) x

  6. The Noble Foodie-GFAugust 19, 2014

    This recipe pretty much combines all my favourite things, especially savoury scones. Love it and must try it soon!


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