Light and Fluffy Scones, Enriched with Creamy Mascarpone cheese and spiked with Bright Meyer Lemon.

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones | Baking a Moment

This can be a tough time of year for a desserts blogger.

Everyone’s all into their New Year’s resolutions, their fitness, their detox cleanses.  At the very least, we’re sick to death of fatty, sweet carbs.  Myself included!

But for some reason, breakfast seems to be the last holdout for the sweet tooth.  Maybe because we can justify it in our minds, that we need the carbs to power us through our high-intensity workouts.

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones | Baking a Moment

Whatever the case may be, these scones are worth the extra 10 minutes on the treadmill.  They are light as air, but with that melt-on-your-tongue creaminess only mascarpone can offer.  And the mouth-puckering tartness from the Meyer lemons cuts right through it all, with a clean brightness that somehow feels virtuous.

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones | Baking a Moment

If you aren’t familiar with Meyer lemons, they are a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin orange.

So, they have the look of a lemon…

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But they are less sour.  The flavor is a little more floral, and a little more sweet.  You may never wish to bite into the flesh of a fresh lemon, but a Meyer lemon is much more palatable.

Meyer Lemons | Baking a Moment

These scones utilize both the zest and the flesh of the fruit.  You’ll just want to cut away the bitter pith.

The less you handle the scone dough, the better.  Much like pie crust, a scone should go into a hot oven, and the dough should be as cold as possible.  It will look very lumpy.

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones | Baking a Moment

A fat pinch of clear sparkling sugar gives them some added sweetness and crunch, and makes for an elegant adornment.

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones | Baking a Moment

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones

Light and Fluffy Scones, Enriched with Creamy Mascarpone cheese and spiked with Bright Meyer Lemon.


Serves 6 servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 3 Meyer lemons
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold mascarpone cheese
  • 4 tablespoons (half a stick) cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used lowfat)
  • clear sparkling sugar for garnish

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
    2. Zest 2 of the lemons and set the zest aside.
    3. Cut the remaining peel and pith away from the lemons, and dice the flesh into ¼” pieces. Place in a small bowl and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Stir to coat and set aside.
    4. In a large mixing bowl, place the flour, remaining sugar, baking powder, salt, and reserved lemon zest, and stir to combine.
    5. Cut in the mascarpone and butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the lemons and milk, and stir until just barely combined.
    6. Gather the dough into a ball and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press to a thickness of about 1 inch.
    7. Cut the scones into 6 equal wedges, and space them approx. 1 inch apart.
    8. Sprinkle with clear sparkling sugar.
    9. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until slightly golden on the tops and around the edges.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 347kcal Calories from fat 109
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Carbohydrate 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones | Baking a Moment

Meyer lemons are at the peak of their season right now, so be sure to snatch them up when you see them at your local market.  You are going to love the way their bright flavor plays against the rich butteriness of the creamy mascarpone cheese.

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones | Baking a Moment

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