Salty, creamy feta. Sweet caramelized onion. Juicy, soft tomatoes. All lovely and a pretty well recognised combination but something largely restricted to quiches and tarts so I was intrigued to try this new scone from the M&S in store bakery.
I do love a good scone but I traditionally slather mine in jam making it a sweet treat so it was interesting to try a new savoury version. It certainly looks like a scone with a lovely even, golden bake that's just the right size. Slight and a little dainty but still substantial enough to feel you've had a treat. I also the crumbled sprinkling of feta on the top.
The scone cuts in half beautifully and has a lovely firm texture with a soft, yielding crumbliness as it enters your mouth. Funnily enough it still has the traditional scone smell that is slightly sweet but this is crossed with a faint feta smell that is savoury and very appetizing.
As said, I usually cover a scone in something, but as I expected this to pack quite a lot of flavour, I kept it simple with a faint spread of butter. That said, I'd imagine this would pair beautifully with some slices of cheese on top and a little chutney of some kind. It may be something I'll try in the future.
Luckily, this scone is so full of flavour, it really holds its own. It does have the standard scone flavour but one that is rich and buttery. Every mouthful delivers different combinations of flavours and textures and its jam packed with the added ingredients. It's a well known combo for good reason and the creamy cheese marries perfectly with the slow roasted onions and tomatoes.
It's all deliciously savoury and moreish and makes a nice alternative for lunch or afternoon tea.
Available: Marks and Spencer
Pros: Good quality base scone that is buttery with great texture. Generous with ingredients. Something a bit different. Competitively priced.
Cons: Best eaten on day of purchase so short life