Cheesy, savory scones — perfect for breakfast. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

Currently, in my TV-watching life, there’s a lot happening. Usually, in the summer, I find myself not really watching anything but this summer, I’ve been pretty busy. When I’m not cooking/photographing things or writing, I try to relax by watching mindless television. Sure, I watch some shows that require a little brainpower and attention but I have to be honest: I love watching trashy TV like “The Real Housewives” series. Are you judging me? Probably but it’s OK — I’m admitting it here. While a lot of reality TV doesn’t appeal to me, I’m very much into that particular series; I watch most of them except the newest one which takes place in Potomac, Maryland.

Even though I have some guilty pleasure television shows, on my cooking days, I typically listen to podcasts to keep me company in the kitchen. So while I’m making pasta or baking dishes (like these scones), you can find me listening to pop culture or murder mystery podcasts. The podcasts I listen to don’t necessarily fit in the mindless category but they do provide a bit of relief while I’m in the kitchen. I’m currently listening to “In the Dark” and I recently finished “Accused.” Have you listened to either of these? Do you have any podcasts you listen to while cooking in the kitchen? I hope you’ll find a calming podcast to try while baking these cheddar and black pepper scones because they’re so delicious!

Cheddar is delicious but you could also try Colby Jack or Gruyère. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)


  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • A generous amount of fresh cracked black pepper
  • 3/4 cups cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated or shredded
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup honey + more for drizzling
  • Melted butter for brushing
Just a touch of honey is all you’ll need to add in a little sweetness. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)


Heat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, soda, salt and pepper. Using two forks or a pastry knife, cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the cheddar cheese then pour in the buttermilk and honey. Stir with a spoon until a dough forms (you can use your hands if you need to).

Using your hands, place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently.

Gently roll out the dough into a circle. Cut the scones into triangle slices and place on prepared baking sheet. Brush each scone with melted butter and sprinkle a bit more black pepper on top. Bake the scones for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops are slightly golden. Drizzle with honey and serve immediately.

Try this in the morning with a cup of coffee too. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

Shawanda Mason is the creator and blogger of Eat. Drink. Frolic. For recipe questions or to chat about eating, drinking or frolicking, she can be reached at [email protected] or by following her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees.