Glazed Lemon Tea Scones #ProgressiveEats

I drink a LOT of tea, but cooking with it definitely isn’t commonplace. I added some of my favorite English Breakfast  tea to enhance these Glazed Lemon Tea Scones.Glazed Lemon Tea Scones | A citrus infused scone enhanced by English breakfast tea

Glazed Lemon Tea Scones

I meet up with some girlfriends every other Friday morning and they are excellent guinea pigs! Last week I shared these citrus and tea infused scones. I upped the ante by serving them with lemon curd and sweetened whipped cream. I think that clinched the deal! They got a thumbs up from my friends.Glazed Lemon Tea Scones | A citrus infused scone enhanced by English breakfast tea

Tea Time!

My first attempt to get a tea flavor into these scones was to add a tea bag to the liquid ingredient, which happened to be cream.  Even warmed, the thick cream was not accepting of the infusion. So I went the easier route by dousing the tea bag with hot water and squeezing that into the cream. Super simple and it added a subtle nuance of English breakfast tea. If you want a more pronounced tea flavor, I’d repeat with a second tea bag. My friends all loved nibbling on the lemon teas scones smeared with my accouterments!

Progressive Eats

Progressive EatsWelcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. Our menu this month features recipes that have one special ingredient in common – TEA! We had a lot of fun creating them, and hope you’ll enjoy trying them, too. Our event is hosted by Heather who blogs at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen. Our menu includes everything from beverages to bread, an entree to sides, and of course some desserts so we can finish on a sweet note.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

TEA Party (recipes featuring tea)



Main Course

Veggies/Side Dishes


Glazed Lemon Tea Scones | A citrus infused scone enhanced by English breakfast tea

Glazed Lemon Tea Scones
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Cream scones flavored with lemon zest and tea, then garnished with a lemon drizzle.
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
Serves: 8 scones
  • 2 cups flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter
  • 1-2 tea bags (I used 1)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Coarse or granulated sugar
Lemon drizzle:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Lemon zest, optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda. Cut butter into cubes and using a pastry blender, two knives or your fingers, incorporated the butter until it's the size of small peas.
  3. Wet the tea bag (use a second for a more pronounced tea flavor). Squeeze the tea bag into the buttermilk, being careful not to break the bag.
  4. Stir the tea infused buttermilk, vanilla and lemon zest into the flour mixture until a dough forms. You do not want to over-work the dough.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, pat or gently roll the dough into an 8-inch circle and place onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Cut the round into 8 wedges and separate them slightly. Sprinkle with sugar if desired.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool. To make drizzle, place the powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Whisk in the melted butter and milk. Drizzle over cooled scones. Sprinkle with lemon zest if desired.
Scones are best eaten on the day they're made.



  1. Look so good with that lemon curd!

  2. That “Progressive Eats” idea is ingenious! And your Lemon Tea Scones look delicious. That madeleines recipe looks intriguing, too.

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes! ^_^

  3. I love adding tea flavors to baked goods and especially ice cream – and I love that you get together with friends. Taste testers are the best!

  4. Yum, believe it or not I still haven’t tried lemon curd… Gotta get on that:@)

  5. What a fun, delicious idea – tea and scones, all in one package! Love it! I want to be one of your guinea pigs!


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