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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Book Club Questions and Recipe Cheese Scones

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Cheese Scones

Every time Eleanor lunches with Raymond, she orders a cheese scone. Try this recipe for traditional Scottish Cheese Scones for your book club meeting! If you're looking for food ideas for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, look no further!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Scottish
Servings 6
Calories 357 kcal


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp butter salted
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 4 ounces sharp cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a large bowl
  • Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients or rub with your fingers until the butter is about pea sized in lumps in the mix.
  • Place the dry/butter mix into the freezer for 5 minutes to re-solidify the butter.
  • Mix milk and sour cream together, then mix into the dry ingredients. Do not over mix. The trick to scones is to mix just until blended. Overmixing will cause dense scones.
  • With floured hands, form the scones into 2-3 inch balls. Place on a greased baking sheet and lightly press to flatten the tops.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg and tablespoon of milk.
  • Glaze the tops of the scones with the egg and milk mix.
  • Sprinkle sharp cheddar across the tops of the scones.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden brown.


*This will make between 6-8 scones. Double the recipe if you have a large group. 
Keyword Appetizer, Bread, Pastry