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Sweet Corn Scones with Lime & Cinnamon

Sweet Corn Scones with a hint of lime and cinnamon! These light and fluffy scones are perfect for breakfast or an afternoon tea snack.

a stack of sweet corn scones

Between my 7-year stint at a British tea shop, and scones I’ve made for family and friends, at this point in my life I’ve baked, literally, tens of thousands of scones.

When I worked at the tea shop we had a few flavors that were always on the menu; plain, raisin, lemon and cherry/almond scones. Each week I would create a special flavor, usually something seasonal.

Gingerbread Scones, Cranberry Orange Scones or Date & Spice Scones are perfect flavors for fall and throughout the holidays. Raisin Scones are classic and can be served any time of year.

I love baking with seasonal produce, both fruits and vegetables. No matter how much corn we get, it’s never too much. Besides throwing it on the grill and eating it, I like to make corn salad, corn chowder and Sweet Corn Ice Cream (trust me on that one!).

Fresh summer corn is wonderful in both savory and sweet dishes.

I’ve been noodling around with the idea of a fresh corn scone for a while. I just had to decide if I wanted to go sweet or savory.

I could have lowered the sugar a bit and added basil, onion and other savory flavors to make a savory corn scone. But I decided to go sweet and used lime, cinnamon and a little cornmeal to highlight the fresh corn flavors.

Scroll through the step by step photos to see how to make Fresh Corn Scones:

squeezing lime juice into fresh corn

Add the lime zest and juice to the corn to meld the flavors.

 

whisking corn kernels into buttermilk

Whisk the corn into the buttermilk mixture.

 

scone dough ready to be rolled

For tender scones, finish kneading in the flour by hand.

 

cutting scone dough

For nice thick scones, pat the dough to 1″ thick before cutting.

 

scones ready to be baked

Brush the scones with buttermilk and spinkle with sugar before baking.

My husband and I ate the scones with Mascarpone Cheese (leftover from my Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake recipe testing) and homemade Blueberry Preserves. I absolutely love corn and blueberries together so this was a great combination.

a sweet corn scone on a plate

fresh corn scones

Fresh Corn Scones

Fresh Corn Scones topped with Mascarpone Cheese & Homemade Blueberry Preserves

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

a stack of 3 sweet corn scones on a white plate with jam and cream in the background

Sweet Corn Scones with Lime & Cinnamon

Yield: 24 scones
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

The classic buttermilk scone with a twist. Fresh (or frozen) sweet corn kernels with a hint of lime and cinnamon make a great tasting scone.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (4 oz, 115g) fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • Finely grated zest & juice of 1 lime
  • 1 3/4 cups (14 oz, 420 ml) buttermilk 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups (1 lb 4 oz, 560g) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (5.5 oz, 154g) stone ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 112g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 sticks (6 oz, 168g) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1" chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss the corn kernels with the lime zest & juice, set aside. Whisk together the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla, set aside.
  3. In a mixer bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix dry ingredients for 1 minute to combine. With the mixer running on low, toss in butter chunks. Continue to mix on medium speed until the butter bits are the size of a pea.
  4. If mixing by hand, whisk together the dry ingredients and then work the butter in with your fingers.
  5. Add the corn to the buttermilk then add that mix to the flour all at once. Mix until most of the flour is almost incorporated. Some loose flour will remain at the bottom of the bowl. DON'T OVER MIX. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and finish kneading by hand until the dough comes together, about 15-20 kneads.
  6. Use your hands to pat the dough until it is 1" thick. Use a 2.5-3" biscuit cutter to cut scones. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting until all the dough is used.
  7. Line the scones on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1" space between. Brush the tops of the scones with buttermilk and sprinkle with Demerrara or granulated sugar.
  8. Bake on the middle rack of the oven, flipping the tray after 10 minutes. The scones are ready when they are golden brown and sound hollow when the bottom is tapped. Total baking time about 15-20 minutes.

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Janet Balas

Thursday 15th of March 2018

I had a very hard time handling the dough in this recipe. It stuck to everything--my hands, my floured kneading surface, and my biscuit cutter. I finally got enough extra flour worked into the dough, but it was maybe as much as another cup. I used a good quality flour--King Arthur--measuring by weight, used well=chilled butter, measured all the other ingredients carefully, and followed the directions. They turned out well with good flavor, but before I try making them again, I could use some suggestions on how to make the dough easier to handle. Would refrigerating the dough before attempting to knead it help? Thanks for any help you can give me.

Eileen Gray

Thursday 15th of March 2018

Hi Janet, this is a fairly wet dough. A wet dough produces a lighter scone. Keep your hands and the work surface well floured. If you have a plastic bowl scraper use that to move the dough from bowl to surface. I find that once I'm done mixing the dough if I get my hands clean they're a little less likely to stick. Instead of washing your hands with water, dip them in the bin of flour, hold them over the sink or trash can and rub vigorously. This will take off all the sticky batter and leave your hands dry. Now it should be easier to handle the dough. Each time your hands get coated in dough, clean them again with flour.