How did I end up with this Easy Lemon Scones Recipe?? Every now and then I have an hour to kill between driving assignments. Generally I carry a book, and just sit in the car and read while the kid plays soccer, gets tutored, or visits the orthodontist. Some days, I get a craving for a little something, so I find a nearby bakery and scope out the competition…
Last week, I saw these Lemon Scones on a glass pedestal covered in a fancy crystal dome. Now… we all know… anything served under a crystal dome HAS to be good… so I tried them. Turns out, the dome seems to have been specially designed to keep the lemon flavor OUT of the scone.
Boring Flat Nothing.
We can do better….. (that’s not the royal We… I’m talking about you and me)
This Easy Lemon Scones Recipe is LOADED with Lemon flavor… both in the scone itself, and in the tart icing that covers it. They are simple enough to make in time for breakfast… and you can cut them small enough so that eating one (or two) doesn’t feel like a total diet blaster.
I love it when Lemon Scones taste like actual Lemon. The best way to make this happen is Lemon Zest… Best way to get lemon zest? Use fresh Lemon and a Micro-plane Grater. Don’t have one? Put it on your wish-list. I use mine a lot! It’s great to get the full flavor of citrus. (My daughter likes to redecorated my kitchen with Parmesan Cheese sprinkles …buy a wedge… you’ll NEVER go back to the green can)
The secret to light scones?… Cold butter and minimal handling. I keep butter in the freezer, and when it’s time to make scones, I grate the butter into the dry ingredients. Rub it in a bit with your fingertips. Minimal effort, minimal heat, maximum effect.
These are Lemon Scones worthy of being served under a Crystal Dome.
As usual, I’ve added loads of step-by-step photos and tips.
Easy Lemon Scones Recipe
Step By Step Lemon Scone Instructions
Combine Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice and Yogurt
Grate the butter into the Dry Ingredients
Pinch the Butter into the Dry Stuff
Then carefully knead the whole thing together with cold hands and limited touching
It’s tricky, yes, but worth it!
Pat the dough into a rectangle… and cut into 8 squares (or 4, or 6….)
Cut the squares to triangles
Put the Triangles on a parchment covered baking sheet
Bake until Brown
For the Glaze
Put powdered Sugar and Lemon Zest into a bowl… add lemon juice
Stir until it’s the right Consistancy
Brush or Spoon over Scones