Recipe: Goat’s cheese and thyme scones

I passed my driving test yesterday. The date had been changed so many times but at the end of last week I got a cancellation and everything else was put on hold while I had a not so minor panic. I know very few people who haven’t suffered from an attack of nerves prior to their test, so much is riding on it and passing represents so much that I really do think that it’s one of the most nerve wracking things I’ve done.

So I resorted to my default response when my head is spinning and I’m trying to calm myself down, I baked.

Goat's cheese and thyme scones

I rarely make scones and I’m not sure why. They’re just one of those things that I don’t think about. But these scones had been floating around in my head for a while. I’d spotted the combination ages ago but couldn’t remember where and hadn’t made a note so I had to wing it. I took my basic cheese scone recipe and adapted it just a little bit.

You get little pockets of melted goat’s cheese, some that ooze out of the sides, flecks of green from the thyme and something that is an excellent thing to serve alongside a bowl of soup.

Goat's cheese and thyme scones

I didn’t get quite the rise I wanted out of this batch but I suspect that was my own fault for being a little too enthusiastic in my mixing. Scones like a light touch and nerves were making me clumsy but I generally work to the mantra of if it tastes good then it is good. And for a family cook then that’s just fine.

Goat’s cheese and thyme scones

Yield: 7-8 depending on the size of your cutter


  • 200g self raising flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 50g butter or baking butter (Stork or most supermarkets do their own range), cold and cubed
  • 180g log of goat’s cheese, rind removed and cheese diced
  • A good handful of fresh thyme or 2 tsps dried
  • ¼ pint milk, plus a little extra to brush the top of the scones


  1. Preheat the oven to 220c and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper or a liner.
  2. Sieve the dry ingredients into a bowl and rub in the butter. Stir through the goat’s cheese and thyme and then, with a blunt knife, mix in the milk. You may not need all of it so add about ¾’s and see if you need more. A soft dough should form.
  3. Dust the work surface with a little flour and turn the dough out of the bowl.
  4. Pat out the dough so it’s about ½ an inch thick and cut out your scones with a circular cutter. The size of your cutter will dictate how many scones you get. Re-roll and cut until your dough has been used up.
  5. Place the rounds on a baking tray, glaze with milk and pop in the oven for 12-15 minutes but do keep an eye on them from 10 minutes onwards.
  6. Once cooked and golden brown on top, remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack.


These are best served warm, though are lovely cold.

The cheese will ooze a little so lining the tray is a good idea.

  • Sarah@The View From the Table

    Congratulations! Passing my driving test was with no doubt the most nerve wracking thing I’ve ever done! And breathe out…

    • Fishfingers for tea

      Thank you! Once I was told I’d passed I suddenly realised how shallow my breathing had been!

  • Bangers & Mash

    Wonderful news – huge congratulations on passing your test! And such beautiful scones too. I don’t think I could bake like that when my head’s spinning ;)

    • Fishfingers for tea

      Thank you my lovely! I find baking really relaxing, it seems to quieten the ‘noise’ in my head and gives me a bit of space.

  • Rita cooks Italian

    Goat cheese work so well with baked stuff. I’ve never tried with scones, it sounds good and …relaxing! CONGRATULATION for passing your driving test. I am more nervous too when I have to do important things.

    • Fishfingers for tea

      Thanks Rita. I adore goat’s cheese and I use it a lot in tarts but the scones were a first for me too.

  • Kathryn

    Congratulations on passing your test – I was the most scared I’ve ever been before and after mine!

    • Fishfingers for tea

      Thank you! I knew I’d be even more nervous on the day but I couldn’t quite believe how much the nerves were jangling.

  • Mrs Andi T

    Sian, Mine are in the oven right now, added cheddar and spring onion to them & cant wait for them to come out, Hope you have had fun driving around, have a great evening, A :)

    • Fishfingers for tea

      Can’t wait to hear what you think of them! We went for a drive around this afternoon and it was a lot of fun, freedom!

  • Choclette

    Congratulations, it’s such a milestone and so useful too. Your scones look yum. Boringly, I’ve only ever used cheddar, but it will be goats cheese next time I make cheese scones.

    • Fishfingers for tea

      Thank you! And cheddar’s great in scones, really versatile and goes with most things!

  • Polly

    Well done sian, great news for you.

    • Fishfingers for tea

      Thank you Polly!

  • allyson lang

    Oh these look delicious, we’ll be baking them tomorrow! We loved a show in England, people taking their driving test, it was the funniest thing I could imagine. I do hope your test was more successful!

    • Fishfingers for tea

      Thank you! I’ll be interested to know what you think if you do make them. I think I know the show you’re talking about, hilarious! Luckily mine was better than that!

  • Louisa Foti

    Er hello, how did I miss this post?! Well done on the driving test, and the scones look and sound terrific. Scones are on my list of must bakes now I finally have a proper oven, and I’m a bit of sucker for anything with goats cheese!

    • Fishfingers for tea

      Thank you very much lovely! You must have a baking list as long as your arm!