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Glazed Lemon Tea Scones

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I drink a LOT of tea, but cooking with it definitely isn’t commonplace. These Glazed Lemon Scones are enhanced by the flavors of lemon zest and English breakfast tea for a delightful morning treat.

Scones Recipes are a delicious accompaniment to a morning cup of coffee or tea! Tender and irresistible!

Two Glazed Lemon Tea Scones on a white plate with lemons in the background

Why You Should Make Lemon 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.
  • Fresh scones are so tender and delicious! They’re a nice change of pace from pancakes and waffles for a breakfast or brunch treat.
  • The accompaniments can clinch the deal. Lemon curd, jam, butter, and/or clotted cream will push these over the top!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Scones?

Scones are a Scottish quick bread that was first made with oats on a griddle. Now they are more likely to be flour-based, made in the oven, and in the original triangle shape or round, square and even diamond shaped. Eaten for breakfast, brunch, or tea, scones can be sweet or savory.

Why Do Scones Get Stale So Quickly?

Scones are best fresh out of the oven, but that’s not always possible. Bake them as close to serving time as possible, and once cooled to room temperature, store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. If they’re left out uncovered at room temperature, they’ll dry out quickly.

2 Glazed Lemon Tea Scones on a round white plate

How to Make Scones Infused with Tea

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 teabag. My friends all loved nibbling on the lemon teas scones smeared with my accouterments!

Tips for Making Scones

Scones are a great change of pace from muffins and quick bread when gathering with friends or family in the morning for coffee or tea. Keep in mind these tips when making your scones.

  • Bake them right before you’re going to eat them for the best results.
  • Do not overmix. Start shaping and cutting as soon as the dough comes together.
  • Bake when the dough is cold so the bits of chilled butter can steam and create flaky scones.
  • Place your scones in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before baking if needed to rechill the dough.

Progressive Eats

Progressive Eats


Welcome 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)

Drinks

Bread

Main Course

Veggies/Side Dishes

Desserts

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Glazed Lemon Tea Scones

The Recipe: Glazed Lemon Tea Scones

Cream scones flavored with lemon zest and tea, then garnished with a lemon drizzle.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 8 scones

Ingredients

Scones::

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1-2 tea bags (I used 1)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Scones are best eaten on the day they're made.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 scone

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 431mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g

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28 comments on “Glazed Lemon Tea Scones”

  1. The buttermilk made these so soft and perfect!

  2. I sreiously loved these scones! So delish and easy to make!

  3. I’m gonna check it out! Happy weekend, dear! xoxo

  4. The lemon curd is perfect with these and how lucky are your girlfriends!

  5. Haha…you had me scrambling over to Google accouterments! 😉 Looks like there could be two ways to spell it; not sure. These scones look lovely. I adore scones…the British in me, I imagine.

  6. LOVE lemon scones! So does my husband’s assistant…Thank you for the lemon-tea in a scone recipe =)

  7. I love lemon curd but I haven’t enjoyed it like this. What a treat!

  8. Such pretty scones, Liz! Love that glaze!

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