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Friday, July 1, 2011

Lemon Scones

This week I celebrated my birthday. This was one of those that throws you into a higher category when you take a survey the big 45. I honestly never intended to turn 45. Somehow when I was 20 that seemed so very far away. Now, I'm lucky to have made it! Regardless, I needed a little pick-me-up for my birthday and decided I'd forgo the cake for something a little bit lighter. I opted to make some lemon scones.

I love scones and this recipe was pretty good. I think it might be improved upon a little bit and I may play with it again in the future to see if I can get a more "layered" scone effect. However, these are delightful just the way they are. They have a lovely light lemon flavor that paired with a tart lemon glaze is a real taste treat! Perfect with a cup of tea or some coffee.

I have to thank my blogging friend Theresa from Sleeping Kitten, Dancing Dog who sent me a lovely birthday gift certificate as well as a donation to my friend Karin's homeless project. Karin and I had a wonderful time going to the mall to spend the gift certificate and ended up spending most of the afternoon together browsing, eating frozen yogurt and just shooting the breeze. It was a great escape for both of us! Thanks, Theresa and Joe!

This weekend is the ramp up to Independence Day on Monday. I doubt we'll be doing much since Michael is working but I did order some peanuts from Nutsonline.com and will be boiling some for the holiday. Yum!

Happy Independence Day! I wish each of you a wonderful holiday filled with lots of fun, great American classic food, friends and family.


: Lemon Scones
: A perfect lemony compliment to tea or coffee.
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs. heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tbs. lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. On slow speed mix in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add buttermilk and lemon peel, stirring just until mixed.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently six times. Shape into a ball. On a greased baking sheet, pat dough into a circle about 1/2 inch thick and 8-1/2 inches in diameter. Using a sharp knife, cut wedges in the dough, being careful not to cut all the way through. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before glazing.
Glaze:
  1. In two cup measuring cup mix together powdered sugar, cream and lemon juice until glaze reaches consistency to drizzle over scones. Add more sugar or lemon juice if necessary to get desired consistency. Drizzle over cooled scones and allow glaze to set before serving.
These can also be done in a food processor using the metal blade. Process dry ingredients with butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs then drizzle in milk and lemon peel until dough comes together. Proceed as in directions.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8
Culinary tradition: English


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