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I think I’ve mentioned before that we are HUGE Biscuit fans in this house! We love mile high buttery moist biscuits…more than dinner rolls! (eek!) There’s just something so “down home” about a great buttermilk biscuit smothered in thick berry jam. (Are ya drooling yet? My goal is get you all drooling so I’m not the only one. It could be an age thing and not a food thing? Hmmmm!)
The only thing better than a delicious biscuit? A SCONE! A Scone is nothing more than a biscuit all dressed up in its sparkling sugar panties for breakfast or afternoon tea! (Sugar panties? We may have to re-think that one…lol) I love scones.
I love scones. (Have I mentioned that I love scones?!) My love affair with them started back when I worked in an Escrow office and every day a little gal came in,a basket on her arm, loaded with fresh scones and lemon curd. (She was evil!)I would get the Cranberry Orange Scone or the Lemon Poppy Seed Scone. Drenched in that lip-smacking Lemon Curd…it was my Happy Place for an entire 3.5 minutes…which is how long it would take me to inhale it!
The one thing you need to keep in mind when making scones…don’t over work the dough! Same principal as biscuits or pie crust. The more you handle the dough…the tougher it gets. That said…these Lemon Poppy Seed Scones are absolutely delectable.
Preheat your oven to 350°. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets or line them with parchment paper or your silicone baking sheet.
I absolutely love my silicone baking sheets from Amazon. Click HERE to check them out. I use mine all the time and they work beautifully. I don’t even know how I baked without them.
Grate 3/4 cup of frozen unsalted butter. Say What? Yep, I said “grate” frozen butter. Scones always call for “chilled” butter. I learned from another baker that grating the butter when frozen works wonderfully in scones. It makes it super easy to cut the butter into the flour mixture, and it creates little chick pea size butter/flour balls which in turn will create wonderful buttery air pockets in your scone.
Once your butter is grated…stick it back in the freezer until you are ready to use it.
In a small bowl, using a fork or your finger tips, rub one Tablespoon of lemon zest and 1/3 cup of sugar together until fully combined and fragrant. This step smells so refreshingly wonderful!
In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, all of your lemon sugar, 1/2 teaspoons of salt, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1 Tbsp of poppy seeds.
Add in the 3/4 cup of grated butter and cut with a pastry cutter/blender or a fork until the mixture looks coarse. You should have those flour/butter balls about the size of peas.
Make a well in the middle and add 1 cup of buttermilk. Mix until just combined. This is where “not overworking” the dough comes into play. You’ll notice mine doesn’t even look very “combined”. It’s okay you are going to turn it out onto a floured surface and gently knead it about 3-4 times. All those “dry” bits will work in the wet dough. No worries.
Transfer the dough onto a flour surface and lightly knead into a 3/4 inch thick rectangle. I kneaded the dough about 3-4 times very gently.
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I trimmed the edges of my rectangle with my pizza cutter. I wanted nice straight edges since I was making these for my Mother’s Day Brunch. I also cut them into smaller triangles. I wanted a petite scone rather than a huge scone.
Space them out evenly, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. In the meantime you can prepare your glaze.
For the glaze whisk together 1 cup of powder sugar with 2 Tablespoons of fresh squeeze lemon juice until your mixture becomes “pasty”. Add more sugar or juice to achieve the desired consistency. Place your scones on a cooling rack with foil underneath. Drizzle the glaze over the warm scones and…the best part…SERVE! Which translated means EAT!!!
Aren’t those just the most beautiful scones ever! You can see how high they rise while cooking. We can thank those “pea” sized flour/butter balls for that!
I have to tell you…I did the photo shoot on this brunch and as soon as it was over…my daughter and I were digging into those scones and drenching them in the Easy Microwave Lemon Curd…we barely made it up for air!
When our husbands came home, they are living with us while their house is being built…and they saw the scones…they asked what they were? We told them, and then said “They’re awful! HORRIBLE! We’d stay clear of them.” I have no idea why they didn’t believe us? It could have been all the lemon curd and scone crumbs around our mouths! Maybe? 😉
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To make grating butter easier, place the butter in your freezer at least an hour before you plan to grate it. I use a regular standard cheese grater. Once you've grated all the butter, put it back in the freezer until ready to use.
Rather than rolling the dough into a rectangle to make smaller scones you can divide the dough into two 3/4 inch thick, 6 diameter rounds. Cut each round into 8 wedges.