A classic twist on a British staple

Way back when in 2020 we stumbled across this amazing recipe that the talented Melissa Thompson @fowlmouthsfood created for Morrisons and had to instantly save it. The perfect leftover recipe for any time of year, whether that be Easter or Christmas.

Stilton & spring onion scones with thinly-sliced blushing beef sat atop cranberry sauce and horseradish cream. These are joyous and different but extremely delicious. Everyone will love them. There are a few steps but all are straightforward. This recipe works perfectly with those springtime leftovers or even with some cheese.

Makes 8 scones
Time: 2 hours



For the scones: 

250g self-raising flour

60g cold butter, cubed

1 tsp baking powder

1tbsp smoked paprika

Pinch of salt

50ml milk + additional splash for egg wash

2 spring onions, finely chopped

75g stilton, finely chopped

1 egg, beaten


For the beef:

750g beef topside joint (you can buy bigger and keep for leftovers)

1 tsp ground allspice

1 tbsp mustard powder

1 tbsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp smoked paprika

3 tbsp horseradish cream

1 tsp salt


For the topping:

2 tbsp horseradish cream

4 tbsp cream cheese

1 jar cranberry sauce



1. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2. Sieve flour, baking powder, paprika and salt into a bowl and rub salt in until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add milk bit-by-bit until it starts to come together, and then add spring onions and stilton and mix all together.

3. Dust a work surface with flour and roll the dough to about 2cm thick. Using a 6/7cm scone cutter, cut the dough into scone shapes. Re-roll leftover dough and keep going until it’s all used up. 

4. Mix egg and splash of milk to make egg wash. Place scones on a lined baking tray and brush with egg wash. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and risen. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

5. Mix all spices and salt together. Rub beef with horseradish cream, sprinkle spices all over and pat down - don’t rub too much as the spices will detach and stick to your hands. In a frying pan, add a drizzle of vegetable oil and pan-fry beef over a medium-high heat until brown all over.

6. Transfer beef to a baking tray and put in the oven for 15-25 minutes depending whether you’d like it pink or well done. Remove and leave to rest. Once rested fully - leave for at least 30 minutes - slice thinly. Only slice what you need - keep the rest whole until you need it.

7. Mix horseradish and cream cheese together. Slice scones in half. Add a dollop of cranberry sauce to each cut side and spread. Then add a spoonful of the horseradish cream cheese and spread. Add a couple of slices of beef to each side.

8. Sprinkle each scone half with extra Stilton crumbs, if desired.

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