Monday, February 20, 2012

Lemon Scones for Breakfast

It’s a long weekend here in the States, “President’s Day”, and I am thankful for a long weekend! The Hubsters is a work-a-holic and long weekends are always a great for us to unwind.

This morning he is waking up to freshly baked Lemon Scones! But shhhh he doesn’t know this!


This is a very simple recipe, and if you have lemons in your fridge I would be willing to bet you have everything else that you need to go make these right now!

As always the recipe is located at the bottom, skip ahead if you want, otherwise enjoy the picture show!

1) First get out your butter. You don’t want your butter to be too soft, so don’t take out the butter too far in advance. It' needs to be in a state such that it can hold it’s shape without melting into the batter.LemonScone

2) Put all of your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and using a pastry cutter or two knives, start cutting the butting into the flour.

***You don’t want your butter mashed into the flour, instead it should look like crumbs. You will see the dough come together when you add the milk. In the meantime, the chunks of butter are what will eventually create a light and fluffy scone. When the scone is put in the oven to bake, the butter melts and leaves a cavity in the dough, thus leaving air pockets for a fluffy end product! Moral of the story, you are NOT trying to mash the butter in to flour to create a batter or dough… the milk will do that.


3) Once finished cutting in the butter, add your lemon zest and gently fork that into the mixture as well.


4) You are going to fold and cut the milk mixture into the flour until just combined. Do no over mix. Remember we are trying to save our butter chunks!LemonScone-11

5) Then pour the batter out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and shape into a circle. 


6) For the sake of ease, make a pile of flour and dip your pie cutter into the flour before making each slice. Just trust me on this!LemonScone-5

8) Last step, lightly brush the tops of the scone slices with an egg wash. This is an important step because the proteins in the wash help the scone develop a nice golden crust on top.

***Optional, I also shake out a little extra white sugar on top of scone after the egg wash.


Bake at 400* for 20 minutes and devour!



Don’t hesitate to leave a message if you love scones, have a question, or a flavor suggestion!



Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi first time here - hopped over from a friend's blog - You know as a child we'd read SO much about scones in Enid Blyton books that I was always salivating when I heard the word -And then in 2002 I tasted them for the first time in London and my reaction was one of slight disappointment - because in my mind, I was thinking sweet, altho they always had it with jam in the books - perhaps I did not try the best kind - These lemon scones make me want to give this another shot - And making it at home always makes a big difference and I like the Lemon touch! So thanks for this post - surely encourages me to give this another go - cheers, priya

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Anything with that amount of butter MUST be good! I love scones, and wish that I had these to wake up to this morning :)

Miss Apple said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm sure it was a delicious breakfast with those!! Gotta try them!! :D

Vicki Bensinger said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This sounds so good. I went into a shop today and they had lemon bread out to sample and I thought wow, I need to make some of this. The lemon tasted so amazing. Now these I know would taste even better especially with all that butter. Of course your photo looks like it has 5 sticks of butter but the recipe only calls for 1/2 stick, thank goodness. As if that wasn't enough.

Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Bobbie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yeah, the picture looks like a lot of butter but it really wasn't that much... they way I cut it up looks like more than it is!

Paris Pastry said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So delicious! Scones are one of my favorite things to bake (& eat!) Quick, easy & satisfying! I love how you made the scones like cake slices :) :)

Val said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How beautiful are those.......perfect with my morning coffee.

Nisha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Never made scones, but really want to, especially after I saw a Strawberry Shortcake recipe somewhere.
Just curious - Step # 2: why knives, why not 2 forks?
(you may answer here, I'll come back to check) :)

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