Cheese and Marmite Scones Without Egg

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that marmite is more than for just spreading on toast. These fluffy marmite and cheese scones are the perfect picnic recipe for marmite loving families.

A Light and Fluffy Scone Recipe

Scones aren’t just for picnics either, they’re great for after school snacks and an alternative to sandwiches in lunchboxes.

If you’re outside the UK, you may be confused as to what scones are. This post for the best ever cheese scones will explain it for you.

Scones can be made savoury or sweet but with the added marmite, this variety is definitely a savoury recipe.

This scone recipe does not contain egg in the ingredients but will still produce delicious, fluffy scones that taste great.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe


Quick and Easy – This delicious recipe is so easy to make, it’s perfect for beginners.
Light and Fluffy – These scones have a great texture with their soft, cheesy dough.
You can make them bigger or smaller – Just keep an eye on the baking times. If you change the size, the baking time will differ.
These Scones Contain No Egg – If you’re on an egg free diet, this is the recipe for you!

What is Marmite?

Marmite is a vegan yeast extract that is predominantly used as a savoury breakfast spread for toast.

It has a very strong, distinct salty flavour, that is unlike anything else and hard to compare. The consistency is similar to engine oil and it’s very sticky and dark in colour.

Marmite is actually derived as a by product of beer brewing. The by product is broken down into yeast extract and concentrated. Other flavourings are then added, giving Marmite it’s distinct flavour.

Sometimes, there are questions about whether Marmite is good for you and due to the added minerals and vitamins, Marmite is actually banned in Denmark. There’s no denying that Marmite has a high salt content. However, the general consensus is, that, in moderation, Marmite is a good for you. This yeast extract is a great source of B vitamins and Folic Acid, so it’s great to eat when you’re pregnant. It is low in calories, so there is no need to cut it out if you’re dieting.

Ingredients

a photo showing the ingredients with labels.
  • Plain White Flour – Using white flour gives these scones the best rise. However, if you want to make the flour mixture 50/50 with wholemeal plain flour, you can. The scones just won’t be as risen.
  • Baking Powder – baking powder should always be used when it’s fresh. This gives the scones their rise, so it shouldn’t be left out. If you find that your scones haven’t risen as well as you’d like, check the date that you opened your baking powder. It could be past it’s best.
  • Unsalted Butter – I use unsalted butter to keep the salt content down. The marmite and cheese will give this recipe enough added salt to enhance the overall flavour.
  • Milk – I use full fat milk in this recipe, but if you want to lower the calories slightly, you can use semi-skimmed.
  • Marmite – Since these are specifically cheese and marmite scones, it’s an important ingredient. Other variations of yeast extract may taste slightly different to original marmite.
  • Cheddar Cheese – I always use mature cheddar for the best flavour. A mild or medium cheddar can be used but the cheese flavour won’t be as strong.

How To Make Cheese and Marmite Scones


Check out the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.


a photo collage with steps 1 to 4 for making cheese and marmite scones
  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Sift the flour into a bowl with the baking powder.
  3. Chop the butter into small pieces and add to the flour. Rub it in with your fingers until the ingredients become crumb like.
  4. Add the grated cheese and mix through.
  5. Stir the marmite into the milk and add to the flour. Mix until you form a dough. Be careful not to overmix at this point.
  6. Take your dough and lay it on a clean surface, covered with a little extra flour to stop it from sticking.
  7. Flatten the dough out to about 3cm thick.
  8. Take a biscuit cutter depending how large or small you want to make the scones. Cut out the scones and lay them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. It is ok to gather up the dough and flatten it again until you have used it all.
  9. Brush each scones with a little milk and sprinkle on the cheese.
  10. Place your scones into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown and risen.
  11. Remove the scones from the oven and leave to cool slightly on a cooling rack. You can serve the scones warm or cold.
a photo collage with steps 5 to 8 for how to make scones.
a hand holding an unbaked scone showing the thickness.

FAQ

How do I store these scones?

Store your scones at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days. You can pop them back in the oven for a few minutes to freshen them up if needed.

Can I freeze cheese and marmite scones?

I would recommend cutting out the dough and freezing it before baking for the best results. Bake them straight from frozen and increase the cooking time for a few more minutes as needed.

Can I make these scones completely vegan?

You can certainly try substituting the butter for a vegan alternative, replacing the milk with a nut milk and using vegan cheese with added nutritional yeast to make them more cheesy. However, the taste and texture may differ slightly to the original recipe.


Tips and Guidance


Always use cold milk and butter. This gives the scones a flaky texture.
Otherwise, the gluten will build too much and your scones will be more dense and less fluffy.
Place them in a hot oven to bake. This will ensure you get the best rise from your scones.
Don’t overmix the scone dough. As soon as it’s all mixed together, stop mixing.
Cut the butter chunks small. This makes it easier to rub it into the flour.
Always use fresh ingredients. Baking powder works best when it has been opened in the past 6 months.

Other Recipes That Use Marmite

Marmite is a great flavouring additive in many recipes, just like these scones.

  • You can make your own Cheese and Marmite Twists, which kids totally love.
  • Add it to a nut roast for a subtle yet distinct compliment to the other ingredients.
  • Add it to various bread recipes.
  • Mix it in with Pasta, for a quick dinner. I know, this sounds weird, but trust me, it’s good.
  • Pair it with Marmalade on Toast. Again, weird, but surprisingly good!
overhead view of the baked scones.

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cheese and marmite scones stacked on top of each other

Cheese and Marmite Scones Without Egg

Author: Becky
Love it or hate it, there's no denying that marmite is more than for just spreading on toast. These fluffy marmite and cheese scones are the perfect picnic recipe for marmite loving families.
5 from 25 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course lunch, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 8 Scones
Calories 273 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 300 g Plain Flour
  • 2.5 tsp Baking Powder
  • 70 g Unsalted Butter Chilled
  • 170 ml Milk Chilled
  • 3 tsp Marmite
  • 70 g Cheddar Cheese Grated
  • Extra Cheese for Topping Grated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 200C.
  • Sift the flour into a bowl with the baking powder.
  • Chop the butter into small pieces and add to the flour. Rub it in with your fingers until the ingredients become crumb like.
  • Add the grated cheese and mix through.
  • Stir the marmite into the milk and add to the flour. Mix until you form a dough. Be careful not to overmix at this point.
  • Take your dough and lay it on a clean surface, covered with a little extra flour to stop it from sticking.
  • Flatten the dough out to about 3cm thick.
  • Take a biscuit cutter depending how large or small you want to make the scones. Cut out the scones and lay them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. It is ok to gather up the dough and flatten it again until you have used it all.
  • Brush each scones with a little milk and sprinkle on the cheese.
  • Place your scones into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown and risen.
  • Remove the scones from the oven and leave to cool slightly on a cooling rack. You can serve the scones warm or cold.

Watch The Tutorial

Recipe Notes and Guidance

See Recipe Post for More Detailed Tips and Guidance. 
 
  • Always use chilled milk and butter. 
  • Don’t overmix the dough.
  • Use fresh baking powder, opened in the last 6 months. 
  • Preheat the oven well. 

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 8gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 309mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 392IUCalcium: 207mgIron: 2mg
Keyword best ever fluffy cheese scones, marmite recipes, scones with marmite
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  1. 5 stars
    Super yummy and cheesy scone is the best breakfast on the go

  2. 5 stars
    I used vegemite instead and yum! I love the flavouring of these and that they do not have any eggs.

  3. 5 stars
    Made these scoones for a picnic with friends from kids kindergarten. They loved it, and I was happy I made something so simple but delicious, thanks

  4. 5 stars
    My boyfriend is crazy for marmite and loved these scones. He has an egg allergy so I made his day!

  5. Genevieve says:

    5 stars
    I’ve never heard of marmite! It’s interesting that it’s banned in Denmark! Wow, how fascinating. These scones looks delicious and perfect for breakfast!

  6. 5 stars
    Yum! These eggless scones are divine! The cheddar gives them such an amazing taste! Love it!

  7. 5 stars
    I like that its egg-free and fluffy. I am new to using marmite and glad to try for these scones. Easy and great for our breakfast too.

  8. 5 stars
    I love Scones, I had never tried to make them, this recipe is perfect!

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