Last week was my daughter’s class Christmas party, and this week is my son’s. Boys had to bring in something savoury, but I still wanted it to have a Christmas-y touch. Christmas tree scones were perfect!
I mixed up a buttermilk scone dough with parmesan for a cheesy taste. The scones were cut out with a Christmas tree cookie cutter. I smeared over some pesto sauce for a bit of green, and added chopped sun-dried tomato for the decorations.
I didn’t add sun-dried tomatoes to all of them as my son doesn’t like them, and I’m not sure how many Year 2 kids do.
The scones spread as they cooked, so the trees don’t look perfect, but it was still a fun savoury Christmas dish for the school party.
Here’s the recipe:
- 440g (16oz) self-raising flour
- 60g (2oz) cold butter, chopped
- 380g (13oz) Buttermilk (or milk with a splash of vinegar)
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- ½ small jar basil pesto sauce
- Handful of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- Preheat oven to 220°C (430°F).
- Place flour, salt and butter in a food processor and pulse for approximately 5 seconds, until mixture starts to clump and look like breadcrumbs.
- Add buttermilk and parmesan cheese and process for 5 seconds, until dough starts to come together and form a ball.
- Tip dough onto a floured workbench (or silicon mat) and gently knead until it forms a ball. The dough will be very sticky. Press the dough out until it is about 2cm high.
- Dip the Christmas tree cookie cutter in flour and cut out the scones. With the stickiness of the dough, I found it easiest to push the cookie cutter into the dough, remove the surrounding dough, lift the cookie cutter with the dough inside, and then place it on a non-stick oven tray, poking the dough onto the tray.
- Gently press together the scraps of dough and repeat to make more scones.
- Spread basil pesto sauce on top of each scone and then poke a few pieces of sun-dried tomato into the scone. The scones will spread as they cook, so put a few more than you think you’ll need on to get good coverage!
- Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown without the sun-dried tomatoes getting burnt.
- Cool on a wire rack, or serve hot!
And there you have fun Christmas tree scones to take to a Christmas party. What savoury foods do you make for school Christmas parties?