Cheddar Chive Whole Wheat Scones

Cheddar Chive Whole Wheat Scones

This is one of the best whole wheat bread options I've experimented with in recent months that satisfies my family's request for a bread option alongside of their meals. It also helps round out menus on cool spring days where a soup is on the menu, or when we're having a salad meal. This quick recipe for scones draws on the spring flavour pairing of cheddar and chives together in this amazing whole wheat quick bread recipe. 

Behind the scenes, the truth is that my toddler currently loves anything in the bread family. He does eat his fair share of select fruits and veggies, but the reality is that he hasn't taken an interest in a large variety. He might like them, but we will never know since he won't even try tasting them. But if I take a step back, I can honestly say my kiddo is generally a good eater, so I don't object to him having this option at mealtimes.

As an infant, my son loved all flavours, and then he became a toddler and despite his love of many flavours, he began having selective taste. His choices top are interesting - spinach, cantaloupe, cabbage, carrots, peas, grapes, beans, corn, apples, mango ... I can't say that I believe he's deficient, so while I continue to offer him other options (which he sometimes plays with), I also make sure he has a favourite food or two incorporated into meals.

While many experts in the field say that might be acting like a short order cook, I argue mommy's intuition. Build a trusting relationship with your kid by providing them a diversity of foods, healthy options, and that includes the foods they love. Listen to what their body is asking for intuitively! Which is why if my child asks for bread at dinner, I will provide an option. I just happen to make sure it's got some good stuff hidden in it.

I often make the Spinach Cheddar Scones by Weelicious, a favourite in our house (which you should also definitely try!), but I substitute in at least 50% whole wheat flour to add a little something extra to them. This experimenting and recipe testing has led me to begin playing around with a scone recipe of my own, which my son seems to enjoy the texture of even more. For this particular recipe I used whole wheat, cheese and fresh chives that were growing in my garden, changed up the flour and milk ratios, and reduced the butter down to only 2 tablespoons. This uses ingredients I almost always have one hand, which is perfect for a last minute quick bread recipes. 

Cheddar Chive Whole Wheat Scones

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 16 scones

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, divided
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp cold butter
  • 1 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Whisk the white flour, 1 cup of the whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Add in the cheddar and chives and mix gently.
  4. Add the butter to the flour mixture and mix with either your fingertips, a pastry blender, or two knives until it forms the texture of coarse meal.
  5. Add the milk mix gently until just incorporated. The dough may look a bit wet.
  6. Gradually add in up to ¼ cup of the reserved whole wheat flour until the dough is the perfect consistency for rolling out.
  7. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and gently press into an 12 x 6 inch rectangle.
  8. Cut the dough once down the middle lengthwise. Then cut it into four quarters widthwise so that there are 8 squares of dough. Cut each square of dough diagonally into triangles so that there are 16 scones.  
  9. Place scones on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Move immediately to a wire cooling rack.

What are some of your favourite family meal adaptations? Is there something your kids request over and over? Comment below and let me know!