Flaky cornmeal-cheddar scones

Prep 20 min
Plus Baking Time: 14 minutes
Makes 12 scones



3/4 cup
buttermilk, plus 1 tbsp for brushing
1/4 cup
cornmeal, plus 2 tbsp for dusting
1 3/4 cups
all-purpose flour
1 tbsp
3/4 tsp
1/4 cup
cold butter, cut into cubes
1 cup
grated old cheddar
1/2 cup
diced ham
green onions, sliced


  • Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Lightly spray or coat a rimmed baking sheet with oil. In a medium bowl, add ¾ cup (175 mL) buttermilk and ¼ cup (50 mL) cornmeal and stir to combine.
  • In a large bowl, using a fork, stir flour with baking powder, sugar and salt until evenly mixed. Then, using your fingers, a fork or a pastry blender, work in butter until flour mixture is crumbly. Stir in cheese, ham and onions.
  • Whisk egg into buttermilk mixture. Then pour into flour mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir until just combined. Gently gather into a ball. Then slice into 2 equal-sized portions.
  • Sprinkle remaining 2 tbsp (30 mL) cornmeal on a cutting board. Place 1 portion of dough on top and gently pat into a 6-in. (15-cm) circle. Cut into 6 wedges. Repeat with remaining dough, pressing into remaining cornmeal on counter before cutting.
  • Place wedges on baking sheet at least 1 in. (2.5 cm) apart. Lightly brush with remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) buttermilk. Bake in centre of oven until lightly golden, 14 to 16 min.

Make ahead

Prepare scones up to step 4, then place scone wedges on a baking sheet. Freeze, uncovered, until firm, then place in a freezer bag and keep, frozen, up to 1 month. To bake, remove scones to a baking sheet. Defrost, uncovered, about 1½ hours. Continue with step 5.


Calories 182, Protein 7 g, Carbohydrates 20 g, Fat 8 g, Fibre 1 g, Sodium 389 mg.
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