Cherry Lime Scones

Breakfast & Brunch, Recipes, Sweet Treats
cherry lime scones

Photo: Leigh Loftus

I have a mild obsession with scones. Though not nearly as crave-able as cookies and admittedly easier to step away from than cake, scones are a much under sung baked good. If you like the occasional sweet treat – one that you can eat morning, noon, or night, then you’ll want to focus here.

They’re even a hit when you over bake them a little bit. Ahem.

Scones are traditional cooked pastries that are simple and easy to make, and delicious to eat. Cherry and lime are a fun combination because cherries are so reminiscent of summer, especially in the Midwest where Michigan cherries are just a stone’s throw away. Limes are one of those things that most people have in their fridge, even people who rarely turn their ovens on because hello, Corona.

If your experience with scones is limited to the ones that you press your face up to the bakery case at Starbucks to drool over before the barista quietly asks you to leave, you’ll love how simple this recipe is to make and how impressed people will look when you say you’ve made scones.

cherry lime scones

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Cherry Lime Scones
Recipe type: Sweet Treats
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Serves: 8
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ⅓ cup sweetened dried cherries, chopped fine
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest (about 1 small lime)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk or sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt. Add butter chunks and toss lightly with flour; place bowl in fridge.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, lime juice and lime zest; place bowl in fridge.
  4. Get organized: measure out and chop the cherries; set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat; set aside. Lightly dust a counter top with flour. Pour a little bit of heavy cream in a bowl and have a pastry brush handy.
  5. Remove bowls of flour and buttermilk from fridge. Cut butter into flour with a pastry blender or rub together with your fingertips until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add cherries and stir to combine.
  6. Add buttermilk mixture all at once to flour mixture and stir until the mixture clumps together. Dump mixture out onto floured counter top and, with floured hands, gather into a ball and knead once or twice to combine everything. Pat into a circle about ½ inch thick. Cut into 8 slices, like a pie, or cut with biscuit or cookie cutters into whatever shape you prefer. Put scones on lined baking sheet and brush lightly with heavy cream (optional).
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for 13-15 minutes until lightly browned. Remove to cooling rack.
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    April 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Beautiful scones! We have the Great American Bake Sale in NYC this weekend — I’ll be doing some PB cookies 🙂 Hope they’re as lovely as your scones! Love the flavor combo.

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    April 15, 2010 at 9:34 am

    MMMMM,…your cherry lime scones do look so tasty & inviting too!
    What a tasteful combination of great flavours!!!
    Yum Yum Yum,..Have any left???

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    April 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Oooh! Gotta make scones for my pastry practical exam on friday! I’ve never made them so I’m a bit nervous… are they easy? Hard? Any advice?

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    April 14, 2010 at 5:49 am

    so. one of my favorite cool treats is the cherry limeade from sonic, so even though i’m not too terribly keen on scones, i have a feeling i’d love these. very nice work, maris!

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    April 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog. I’m a recent transplant from New England who has been living in Chicago for just a month so I’d love to help out if you need more bakers/volunteers. I sent you an email as well so hopefully we can connect.

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    April 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I do that too. I call it impulse buying. LOL. I always seem to find something to do with the goods though. These look excellent! That cherry lime combo is making my mouth water.

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    April 13, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Cherry & lime together is a great idea

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    April 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

    The bake sale sounds like a great idea! As do these scones. =)

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