A good scone is 80% flaky crust and 20% mix-ins, so take the time with both and you will always be pleased. These savoury scones may not pair well with jam (though to each his own), but they are certainly wonderful with a spot of butter and a cup of tea.
If you want them to be even more attractive I suggest you use an orange rather than a white cheddar as it will give you a more dramatic colour.
Savoury Cheddar, Apple and Chive Scones(8 scones)
1. Turn oven on to 400F.
2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut the cold butter into small 1/2" squares and place in the freezer while you prepare the remaining ingredients.Grat the cheddar into a small bowl. Peel and grate the apple into the cheddar, and add the chopped chives. Measure the buttermilk out and get it ready.
3. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is the size of small peas and well distributed. Stir in the cheese, chives and apple and then the buttermilk. Gently stir to combine.
4. Transfer to a clean and lightly floured board and press gently into a circle about 1" thick. If you find it isn't coming together give it a few turns,, that is gently fold it onto itself and press. Turn it a quarter, add any stray dry bits to the top and fold again. After 1-3 tries of this you should have formed some nice layers and have something formable into a circle. Cut into 8 triangles and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush the top of the scones with cream.
5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool.