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Lemon Nutmeg Scones on Taste and Tell

We were a muffin family growing up. I didn’t even know that scones existed when I was younger. And since we’re not a coffee drinking family, either, I never had the chance to try the scones that everyone complains about from Starbucks. The only time I ever had scones, they were deep fried – like the scones I made last Christmas. So really, this whole scone thing is pretty new to me since I started food blogging.

And although I still say that I prefer a muffin over a scone, a whole new world has been opened up to me. I still haven’t made many versions, but the ones that I have made, I’ve been quite happy with.

This original recipe calls for raisins, which I’m sure would work well, but I had some dried cherries that needed using, so I threw those in instead. I loved the crunchy topping the sugar mixture on top made, and the lemon cream cheese mixture you make to serve the scones with is delicious. The only thing I would change would be to add in some real lemon juice or lemon rind, because the lemon flavor didn’t really come through all that much through the yogurt.

Lemon Nutmeg Scones
adapted from The Best of the Bakeoff

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons butter
1 (8-oz) container lemon yogurt
1/3 cup dried cherries
2 eggs
4 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3 oz. cream cheese

Heat oven to 450F. Grease a cookie sheet.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg; blend well. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the lemon yogurt, cherries, and eggs. Add to dry ingredients all at once; stir until dry ingredients are just moistened. (Dough will be sticky.) On floured surface, shape dough into ball. On greased cookie sheet, press dough into 9-inch circle, about 3/4 inch thick.

In a small bowl, combine sugar and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg; sprinkle over top of dough. Cut into 12 wedges; separate so wedges are 1 inch apart. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until very light golden brown.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining yogurt and cream cheese. Blend well. Serve with warm scones.

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32 Responses to Lemon Nutmeg Scones

  1. Debbie says:

    They look great tho. And since I haven’t had breakfast yet…..
    they are making me hungry!

  2. kat says:

    Yum! We love a good homemade scone…come to think about it its way too long since Matt made me any 😉

  3. veron says:

    Let me see…the hubby loves scones and he loves lemon. This would be perfect for him and I’d be happy to help him finish it. Thanks for this recipe and I’ll definitely try it by adding the lemon juice as you suggested.

  4. Maria says:

    In Utah most scones are fried bread, but I don’t consider that a scone. I prefer the old fashioned kind like the ones you made! They look delicious!!

  5. Dhanggit says:

    my hubby has been bugging me to bake some scones..i have never tried making them. your scones are fantastic! i bet lemon and nutmeg are so perfect together :-)

  6. flower says:

    Home made scones are one of my favourite summer treats, the lemon would make it even better, I love everything lemon and will definitly be making these, although I have said that about many recipes Ive seen on here :)

  7. Clumbsy Cookie says:

    What an interesting flavour to have on a scone. They must have smelled heavenly!

  8. noble pig says:

    Lemon & nutmeg…I would never have put them together. I bet they are delicious.

  9. Pam says:

    Great looking scones. I’ve never thought of combining nutmeg with lemon – it sounds delicious.

  10. PheMom says:

    I’m with you – scones are relatively new to me too – but I love them. There is the most amazing almond scone recipe in the book we use for Tuesdays with Dorie – I keep meaning to post it. If it sounds good send me an email and I’ll shoot it off to you if you don’t have the book.

  11. Heather says:

    oooh those are lovely! i would NEVER have thought and lemon and nutmeg together! i adore them both.. but together?! i’ve never tried it. yummmmm!!

  12. Sara says:

    Those look so pretty! I was in my late 20’s before I had my first scone.

  13. kamailesfood says:

    I enjoy scones from Old Grist Mill or Crumb Bros. If I remember correctly, the lemon scones from Crumb Bros have a really tasty glaze on them that make them even more lemony. These scones sound great! Lemon and nutmeg is a different combo.

  14. Grace says:

    my family is the same way–all muffins, never scones. i never tasted a scone until i worked at starbucks, and frankly, theirs are so nasty, i haven’t tried any since. perhaps it’s time to give them a chance. :)

  15. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, these look amazing. One just can’t go wrong baking with lemon, is all I’ll say. :)

  16. Mary says:

    I really enjoy scones and these look awfully good. You’re making me hungry!

  17. Gabi says:

    Lovely scones Deborah! Muffins have their charm but it’s nice to know you’ve added scones to your repertoire as well. These sound good- we are definitely a scone household so I’ll give them a try.

  18. Maria says:

    Deb one word….DELISH!


  19. Tanya says:

    The scones look great! I’m usually indifferent to scones. Some are really dry and blah, but made right, some can actually be very moist and delicious. I think the key is not to overmix the dough. Great job!

  20. Kristen says:

    I am so with you on the scone thing. I grew up never having a scone. I’ve never made them, but think I’ll have to try sometime soon :)

  21. RecipeGirl says:

    I didn’t grow up knowing of scones either. Maybe it was an English thing only and we didn’t really have them in the US until later?

    I’d say your changes… dried cherries and added lemon rind are good choices. I love a good scone.

  22. glamah16 says:

    You have been busy, or I have lazy visiting. Im so hapopy your sweet tooth is returning and the lemon nutmeg combo sounds great.

  23. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Those scones actually sound great – I would think the lemon lightens up the heaviness of the scone and the nutmeg is a great counter balance! YUM!

  24. CECIL says:

    I love scones!! Especially lemon scones – though I have never add nutmeg to it, but I can see how it gives a little ‘mhh’ factor to it.

  25. Bellini Valli says:

    Scones are my thing…but the jury is still out on whether I enjoy savory or sweet more:D

  26. Elle says:

    I love scones! Those look really good, especially with the cherries. I need to get going and make some again.

  27. Megan says:

    Scones are definitly my thing. And these sound delicious. I love nutmeg and lemon. Bookmarked for a special occasion, like a cold rainy Sunday!

  28. Dawn says:

    I grew up watching Julia Child as a kid. I loved her and Sesame Street (weird I know). I do remember her making scones. I’ve always loved scones. Your combo here is perfect. I might have to steal this recipe.

  29. dobetter says:

    Lemon Scones are some of my favorite things. I’ve never thought about the addition of nutmeg…yum!

  30. Rosie says:

    I adore anything with lemon and your scones would just hit my lemony spot.

    Rosie x

  31. hot garlic says:

    Oh yum, I love scones! Sweet or savory, I’ll take them. These look delightful!

  32. Pearlsofeast says:

    Absolutely great combo, love the flavors. Bookmarked.

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