Recipe: Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Cheese Scones

Raise your scone game with the nutty gruyere cheese and sweet caramelized onion. 

Recipe by Kathy Paterson, created for NZ Cheese Month

Makes 10


65g cold butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 rounded cups plain flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
a good pinch of salt
115g gruyere cheese, cut into 1cm cubes
1 cup buttermilk
flaky sea salt to sprinkle


Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Heat a small heavy-based saucepan over low heat. Add 15g of the measured butter and the oil. As the butter begins to sizzle, add the onions. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until lightly caramelized, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Cut the remaining 50g butter into even-sized dice and add to the flour. Using your fingertips rub the butter into the flour, shaking the bowl a couple of times to bring the larger pieces of butter to the surface. Rub until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the cheese.

Pour the buttermilk over the cooled onions and stir to combine. Add to the flour mixture and stir until combined. The mixture will be a little sticky but that’s good. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured bench and press out until 2.5-3cm in thickness. Use a 7cm round cutter to stamp out circles. Place on the prepared tray as you go, placing apart as some of the cheese will ooze out during baking and become deliciously crispy. Quickly gather up the scrapes and and cut out again. Sprinkle each with a little flaky salt. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

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Eat warm as they are or spread with butter.

Tips –
Heat the baking tray in the oven


For the second time the New Zealand Speciality Cheesemakers Association (NZSCAA is working with Barker’s of Geraldine to find Kiwis’ favourite NZ Cheese Company.

Cheese lovers are encouraged to vote for their favourite NZ Cheese Company. The NZ Cheese Company with the most votes at the end of NZ Cheese Month will be named Barker’s NZ Cheese Month Favourite Cheese Company

Voting will be promoted on  and also via CheeseloversNZ Facebook and Barker’s of Geraldine social media.


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