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 dessert 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…

Meyer Lemons | Baking a Moment

But they are less sour.  The flavor is a little more floral, and a little sweeter.  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 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

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones | Baking a Moment

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Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Light and fluffy scones, enriched with creamy mascarpone cheese and spiked with bright Meyer lemon.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meyer lemon mascarpone scones
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 340 kcal
Ingredients
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.

  4. Place in a small bowl, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the sugar, stir to coat, and set aside.

  5. In a large mixing bowl, place the flour, remaining sugar, baking powder, salt, and reserved lemon zest, and stir to combine.
  6. Cut in the mascarpone and butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

  7. Add the lemons and milk, and stir until just barely combined.

  8. Gather the dough into a ball, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and press to a thickness of about 1 inch.

  9. Cut the scones into 6 equal wedges, and space them approx. 1 inch apart.
  10. Sprinkle with clear sparkling sugar.

  11. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until slightly golden on the tops and around the edges.
Nutrition Facts
Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 212mg9%
Potassium 273mg8%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 397IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 131mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.