Meyer Lemon, Pistachio & Cranberry Scones with Chef Dennis


Guest Postcard with Chef Dennis

Look what arrived in the mail!

I’m very excited to share this with you as a new feature at Cakewalker: The Guest Postcard series.


Much like a postcard, the series centers on food subjects sent in from my friends for all to enjoy. The guest post might cover a variety of topics in the form of a travelogue, a favorite food find, a regional recipe, technique or other treasures of the food world. The surprise element about postcards is—you never know who, when or from where in the world one will arrive in the mailbox.

It is my greatest pleasure to introduce you to a man with a most generous heart, Chef Dennis Littley. In a previous post, I stated that Chef was a catalyst in establishing my presence in the food world and on the web. Dennis has single-handedly impacted food bloggers in a dynamic, benevolent way by creating the G+ Food Bloggers Community; a place where publishers congregate to learn from each other by sharing experiences and educational events. To further demonstrate what a gem of a man he is, Chef Dennis sent this postcard in celebration of my website migration to WordPress—a gesture which is the benchmark of true altruism. To you good man I’m grateful and I thank you.

Ladies & gentlemen, please welcome…


For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Chef Dennis, from “A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis” and today it’s my great pleasure to be Guest Posting for Brooks at his new home on WordPress. 

A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Brooks Walker through Foodbuzz, and from the moment I saw his first creation I knew this man was destined for great things.   His blog name spoke to me…  “Cakewalker” which immediately elevated him to the level of Jedi Master of Cake Bakers… 

So today it is indeed an honor and privilege to share this recipe with his readers, I hope you enjoy it!


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One of the easiest breakfast pastries to make has to be scones.  They come together so quickly and can be made so many different ways, the possibilities are endless. 

One of my favorite flavor combinations is salted pistachios and dried cranberries, you get that salty crunchy flavor of the pistachio and the tart sweet flavor of the cranberry, and it’s just a match made in heaven. 

Now throw in a little Meyer lemon, and you’ve got a joyous celebration of flavors…sigh.


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Although I only seem to see Meyer Lemons during the winter months, I can’t help thinking of summer whenever I use them.  They’re a little taste of sunshine during these long cold grey winter days.


pistachio cranberry scone


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 8


The combination of Meyer lemon, pistachios and cranberries in this recipe is a joyous celebration of flavors. Bake a batch of these scones today for a little taste of sunshine during the cold grey days of winter! Author: adapted from a recipe by Tyler Florence.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 5 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of one Meyer Lemon
  • Juice from one Meyer Lemon
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup salted pistachios
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • Glaze:
  • 1 ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Juice from 3 Meyer lemons


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a food processor add in the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and lemon zest, pulse to blend.
  • Add the cubes of butter and pulse until the butter has been cut into the mixture, it should like coarse grains of sand.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, cream, Meyer lemon juice and vanilla until combined.
  • Add to the flour mixture and mix with a spoon until the mixture just starts to come together. (Do not over mix)
  • Add the cranberries, and pistachios, mix just enough to incorporate.
  • Form the mixture into a ball and place on the parchment paper.
  • Use your hands to form the dough into a large circle and flatten about one inch thick.
  • Cut the scones into 8 pieces and separate on your baking sheet*
  • Brush the finished scones with a little cream or milk to get good color as they bake
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a deep golden brown in color. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Glaze:
  • Mix Meyer lemon juice and zest with confectioners’ sugar until smooth, allow to set for a few minutes before using.
  • Spoon glaze over scones, smoothing over the scone with the bottom of the spoon.
  • Allow glaze to set up for 15 minutes before serving if you have the time. If not don’t worry about it and just enjoy!


* Separating the scones into individual portions you get more crunchy exterior, which is the best part of the scone.


What gorgeous, flavor packed scones from Chef Dennis! His irresistible photos draw you in and leave you inspired. Be sure to brighten up your family’s breakfast by making some of these pastries soon.

Kindly take a moment to say hello to Chef Dennis in a comment below and be sure to visit his place for a plethora of culinary creations.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Guest Postcard as much as I have. Until next time, happy baking!


  1. I’m a big fan of scones and this recipe sounds so delicious. I’m also a big fan of nuts in a recipe, so you have my heart with this one.

    Thank you both Brooks and Chef Dennis for sharing this recipe.

  2. Marvelous! And I love that Dennis chose to feature Meyer lemons when the first post he saw of yours was that lovely snowflake cake made with Meyer Lemons! 🙂

    And welcome to WordPress. I hope you love it, Brooks!

    • Brooks Walker says

      I love Dennis’ Meyer lemon choice too, Jenni. I’m enjoying the roomier digs here on WordPress. There’s more bells and whistles to come!

  3. Brooks, thank you so much for allowing me to guest post on your blog for the kind words in your opening, I feel so very fortunate to have made so many wonderful friends through food blogging.

    Here’s to many more years my friend!

    • Brooks Walker says

      You’re most welcome Chef, it’s been my pleasure to have you here today, but no more so than the friendship we’ve enjoyed for a couple of years now. So yes, indeed…cheers to many more years!

  4. these scones look wonderful I like the addition of whipping cream and yogurt in the scones

    • Brooks Walker says

      I know, right torview? I won’t have to imagine for long how rich the cream and yogurt make the scones. A wee Walker has assigned me these to make over the weekend.

  5. I’ve recently fallen for the meyer lemon. I’ve always loved lemons, but had no idea how much more lovely and sweet meyer lemons are until just recently! I also love the addition of both cranberries and pistachios–two of my favorite additions to muffins, biscotti and cookies, so why not add scones to the list? So glad Chef Dennis stopped by to share these. And yay for you–Welcome to WordPress, Brooks!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Thank you Kelly. I’m glad you’ve discovered the wonderful virtues of Meyer lemons. As a WordPress newbie, I can say it rocks! I’d like to give a shoutout to Robin of Grits Design (see link bottom right) for giving the new home its refreshed look!

  6. I love scones! They are just perfect for the not-so-lazy weekend mornings!
    Welcome to WordPress! And you couldn’t have picked a better 1st guest poster, than Chef Dennis!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Many thanks Heather. I’m glad you visited and you’re right, Chef Dennis delivered!

  7. What fun! Two of my favorite blog pals in one place! What a generous feature Brooks and I can’t think of a better person to kick it off than Dennis.

  8. Brooks Walker says

    Yay Toni! You’re a dear…it was so nice to take your call today. I’m tickled you like the feature. There’s no denying Dennis’ scones are a homerun. I implore you to try a batch!

  9. The scones look excellent, Chef Dennis and it’s great to visit you too, Brooks! What a fun idea for guest posts.

    • Brooks Walker says

      Thank you Mary. I’m glad you like the series and I know you’ll love the scones.

  10. Congratulations, Brooks, on the new site and this guest postcard series – great idea. What a way to start the zest with Chef Dennis, our super blogohero. One of these days I’ll get to try a Meyer lemon but in the meantime I’m glazing over the scones’ drizzle, or should that be dribbling over the scones’ glaze?

    • Brooks Walker says

      Hi Jill! Chef’s pictures captured the scones beautifully. I do hope you get to try a Meyer lemon soon. They’re available stateside now. I’m delighted you stopped by, thank you for the kind words.

  11. Accolades to both of you for a “sunny” post that has me grinning from ear to ear from the camaraderie — not to mention the scones. You’re a gracious host, Brooks (welcome to WordPress!) and a great first guest, Dennis. Gorgeous photos, too — can hardly wait to try these!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Much obliged Kim, so happy to have you here. I’m certain you’ll enjoy the scones!

  12. The scones looks awesome. Sure I am going to try your recipe since my earlier experiment tuned into brick. I think I can get it right now. . Nice to get know about Brooks blog. It is really beautiful.

    • Brooks Walker says

      Swathi, thank you for the compliment! Best wishes for success this time around with the scones. The recipe Chef Dennis shared with us is a sure winner.

  13. Congrats on your move to wordpress, Brooks! I know we have lots of wonderful treats to look forward to here!! It is so great to see Chef Dennis over here! These meyer lemon scones look wonderful, and I love the pistachios! Great post you two!

  14. I am a huge fan of what Chef Dennis is doing on Google Plus – what a gem of a human being for gathering us, teaching us, and elevating the quality of what we are all doing as food bloggers. AND I am the hugest fan of meyer lemons- I can’t wait to pick a few and try this creative combo with pistachios and cranberries. Terrific!


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