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Cheddar Sage Scones: Fantasy Treat Idea for Mother's Day

Cheddar Sage Scones: Fantasy Treat Idea for Mother’s Day by Astrid Tuttle Winegar

Some of the Dwarves demolish Bilbo’s beautiful round seed-cakes (see my previous post) and are now “starting on a round of buttered scones.” The furious and “altogether bewildered and bewuthered” Bilbo now takes requests from all the Dwarves and Gandalf, who, Bilbo suspects, “Seems to know as much about the inside of my larders as I do myself!” Perhaps this is true; the items requested are quite specific, as if Gandalf had issued a menu to the Dwarves before they all came to Bag-End. One never really knows what Gandalf has been up to…

Cheddar Sage Scones


1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry sage or 2-3 tablespoons fresh sage, minced
½ cup soft salted butter
4 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
½ cup 1% milk
1 extra large egg, room temperature

Preheat oven to 400°. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray or grease lightly. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Add the butter and cheese and combine. In a 2-cup glass measure, whisk together the milk and egg, then add to flour mixture and combine just until incorporated. Turn out onto a floured surface. With floured hands, knead dough a few times, then pat into a 1″ thick circle, about 8″ in diameter. Cut into eight wedges. Place on prepared sheet 1″ apart. Bake at 400° for 12-16 minutes, until light golden brown on bottom. Let stand 5 minutes on pan. Keep leftovers covered at room temperature. Makes 8.

If you don’t like sage, feel free to substitute your favorite herb. Dry herbs are fine, though I’m sure Professor Tolkien would prefer that you use fresh. Lovely with soups and stews or a hearty option for your afternoon tea. Does anyone have afternoon tea anymore? Maybe we should make time for that kind of event…

Astrid Tuttle Winegar


Astrid Tuttle Winegar is the author of Cooking for Halflings and Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls, which is currently available in e-book form on the Amazon Kindle, but will soon be released by Oloris Publishing! Stay tuned for details. Astrid has loved C. S. Lewis since childhood, J. R. R. Tolkien since middle and high school, all Star things, both Trek and Wars, all things Whedon, and many other things besides… She lives in the enchanted city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and dog. Her blog can be found at You can check out (and like!) her Facebook page at or visit her Twitter feed at

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Steve, also known as “Rifflo”, is a University MBA Administrator in Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife, Lisa and two young daughters, Alexa and Ava. Steve has an extensive background in corporate sales. Steve also worked for ISAF: International Security Assistance Force and the Canadian Military as a recruiter in Human Resources for the operations in Bosnia and Afghanistan. When not immersed in Tolkien works,sci-fi, and film, you can find him training in Muay Thai, and Italian rapier.

One comment

  1. Afternoon tea sounds superb! Would love to try this when I have a kitchen.