These delicious vegan cheese scones are so light and 'buttery' no-one will believe they are vegan! A tang of mustard and dairy-free cheese makes them the perfect teatime treat or accompaniment to a steaming bowl of soup.
Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan) / 400°F / Gas Mark 6. Grease a baking tray with dairy-free margarine.
Tip the flour into a large bowl. Cut the margarine into small squares or chunks, then rub it in to the flour with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Grate the cheese into the bowl and add the salt, mustard powder and chives, then toss through the flour mixture to combine evenly.
Add the milk and mix, then add cold water little by little (just a tablespoon at a time) until the mixture comes together into a dough. Try to work it as little as possible, just bring it together then leave it alone!
Tip the dough out onto a floured surface, then gently roll it with a rolling pin until it is about 1.5cm thick, (about the thickness of your finger, if you don't have a ruler handy).
Use a pastry cutter to cut out as many scones as you can from the dough and place them on the greased baking tray. Then re-roll the offcuts and keep going until all the dough has been used up.
Brush the tops of the scones with a little dairy-free milk, (don't brush the sides as this will stop them rising), then bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. These are at their best still warm from the oven, but also freeze well so why not make a double batch and keep some for a rainy day!