Lemon Scones

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Hello– Are your friends handing you bags of lemons these days?  We have a generous teacher at school that brings them in from her tree– fresh and bright. So when the Monday night study buddies were coming a couple weeks ago, I put on the tea kettle and put these in the oven.  Easy, sweet and tart.

LEMON SCONES
1/3 cup sugar
grated zest of 1 large lemon
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1  1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 egg
2/3 cup heavy cream

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tab. freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tab. melted butter
!/2 tsp. vanilla extract

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In a mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, lemon zest, flour, salt, and baking powder.  Use a pastry blender (or a food processor) to cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Then stir in the egg and cream until it’s all blended.

Turn the dough out onto a floured counter.  Cut it into 2 halves.  Shape the first half into a disk, about 7″ in diameter.  Cut the disk into 6 wedges and set them on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Repeat with the remaining dough for 12 medium sized scones.

Put the scones into a 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the scones are beautifully browned.

Whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, melted butter and vanilla until it is smooth.  Drizzle it over the scones when you’re ready to serve them– best warm from the oven!   Add tea, a a little jam, perfect.

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12 thoughts on “Lemon Scones

    • Hi Kristen!! Yep, I made them for my ladies who come on Monday nights– and–I didn’t know you had a book club! do you have any favorite books recommendations that you’ve read together? always looking for suggestions. thanks.

    • Hey Kat– yep I like the flavor of that glaze a lot! I wish it were a bit more transparent– or may be I just need to be a little more sparing with it. But I liked it a lot. We’re having a Downtown Abbey last show part at a friends house, so I think I’ll be making these as my contribution. Always fun to hear from you Kat!

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