Cornmeal and Cheddar Scones

Scones are an easy way to impress your friends and family since they’re easy to make (and fresher than store-bought). Add some sharp cheese for a bit of extra zing.

Number of servings : 12 scones

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 12 to 14 minutes

Type of meal : | Breads and muffins | Breads and muffins

Special diet : | Low fat | Low calorie


1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour
1/4 cup (50 mL) cornmeal
2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
1 tbsp (15 mL) sugar
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/3 cup (75 mL) cold butter, cut into bits
1 cup (250 mL) grated smoked or old cheddar
7/8 cup (225 mL) buttermilk or sour milk


  1. Combine flours with cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.
    With a pastry blender or your finger tips cut in butter until it is in tiny bits. Stir in cheese and sprinkle with buttermilk. Toss together lightly with your fingers until it forms a dough.
    Gently flatten dough to 1-in./2.5-cm thick on a floured surface. Cut into rounds with 2-in. (5-cm) cookie cutters. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheets.
  2. Bake in a 425°F (210°C) oven for 12 to 14 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
  3. Remove from pan and cool 5 minutes on a wire rack. Serve warm. Makes 12 scones.

Bonnie says: Scones are a quick way to make a homemade bread. Serve these for brunch with red pepper jelly or your favourite jam. When you use a really flavourful cheese, you don’t need very much, so even though smoked cheddar and old cheddar are fairly high-fat cheeses, you can use them in smaller quantities. If you don’t have buttermilk, simply place 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice or vinegar in 7⁄8 cup (225 mL) milk. Let stand about 10 minutes. It will curdle slightly.

Fran says: Buttermilk’s name makes it sound rich and creamy, but it actually contains less fat and calories than 2 percent milk. A one cup (250 mL) serving contains 104 calories, 2 grams of fat and 300 milligrams of bone-building calcium. One of these scones contains 180 calories and 9 grams of fat, considerably less than a typical coffee-shop scone.

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