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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lemon Scones

My sister recently came to visit, and so I decided to make us something fancy for breakfast.  I've only made scones one other time with a mix that we got for our wedding, and they turned out awfully, so I was a little bit skeptical about making them again.  So many people loved them though, that they seemed to be worth a shot.

Oh baby.  Were they ever.  They were light and fluffy and biscutty and lemony, and glazed...

Now they're gone (just like our visitors, sadly)...but writing up this recipe is making me want to whip up some more.  Not a bad idea, considering that they're so easy to make.  

Glazed Lemon Scones (adapted slightly from all recipes)

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar

2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water, or as needed

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.  Mix flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk milk, lemon juice, and vinegar in a small bowl and stir into flour mixture until moistened; turn out onto a lightly floured surface. The dough will likely be very sticky.
3.  Knead dough briefly for 5 or 6 turns.  Be sure not to over-knead it.  The dough should be nothing like bread dough. Pat or roll into a 1 inch-thick round. Cut into 10 wedges and arrange on a baking sheet leaving 1 inch between each wedge.
4.  Bake in preheated oven until bottom edges are lightly tan, 11 to 14 minutes. Allow scones to cool for 15 minutes.
5.  While scones are cooling, stir confectioners' sugar, melted butter, 2 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth. Add in water, if needed, to make more of a glaze texture.
6.  Drizzle glaze over warm scones

Katie was really excited about the cake for breakfast.

Grayson was too!

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