Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lemon Scones

These are amazing!

If you're a lemon lover like me, you'll want to try these wonderful Lemon Scones.  Not only are they totally delicious, but they melt in your mouth!    The scones' density is perfect -- not too dense, not too airy -- and they were perfectly moist! 

You can use a food processor or by hand (which is what I did).  Just make sure your butter is cold and work as quickly as you can.  Be careful not to over-mix.  All those little pea-size clumps of butter create structure in the scones and give them a tender, fluffy consistency when baked.  The tartness of the glaze is perfect with the light and slightly sweet taste of the scone.  This recipe is a keeper!

Once you make scones, I promise you'll want to include them in your menu regularly, they're so easy to make!  I included a few tips that I like to use.  


Ingredients                                                 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes 
*2/3 cup buttermilk, add slowly until just wet enough to stick                          
1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Icing Ingredients:
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
*Yellow food coloring (opt.)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a baking sheet pan.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Using a fork, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.   Add buttermilk and lemon peel, stirring just until mixed.  Over-mixing will cause a tough scone, so be careful here.
                                                             
Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently six times.  Shape into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet.

On greased baking sheet, *using your hands, pat dough into a circle about 1/2 in thick and 8-1/2 in. in diameter.  Cut the dough in half then cut the pieces into half again, giving you 4 squares. Cut the squares in half on a diagonal to give you a triangle shape.  Makes 8.

Place 2" apart onto baking sheet

Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until tops are lightly golden and firm to the touch.

Prepare the icing by mixing the powdered sugar with enough lemon juice to make a drizzling consistency.  *Add a drop of yellow food color if desired.

Tips:
1.) Scones are best when served fresh out of the oven or on the same day.  For next day eating, reheat them in the microwave for just 8-10 seconds. 

2.) If you don't have buttermilk, just place 1 Tbsp. of vinegar into a measuring cup and add milk (or cream) to 1 cup...stir and use in place of buttermilk.

3.) Don't use a rolling pin, you want scones to be light and fluffy.


“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.”
-Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

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