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Strawberry Lemon Scones

Savor the taste of summer any time of the year with these bright and fragrant Strawberry Lemon Scones.Drizzling lemon glaze over strawberry scones.

Light and tender scones are given the summer treatment in this recipe, full of the fresh flavors of strawberries and lemon and topped with a tangy lemon glaze.

I’ve given a lot of thought over whether I would talk about my blogging break or whether I would just ignore it. It’s kind of the elephant in the room at this point, because I haven’t blogged in nearly a year. Here’s the sweetened condensed version of what’s happened in that time:

  1. I decided to pause the blog for the holiday season to enjoy that time with my family. Then…
  2. We moved to a new house. (All the packing, ugh.)
  3. I got influenza B and was pretty sick.
  4. We had to get the old house ready to sell.
  5. My daughter graduated from high school. (So much stress.)
  6. I took her on a graduation trip, just the 2 of us. We went to San Juan and some Caribbean islands.
  7. Got back just in time for the busiest season at the library where I work. 
  8. I went on vacation with my family.
  9. We got my daughter all enrolled and ready for college.
  10. I discovered that my website looked really terrible on different web browsers, so I redesigned the site and tried to improve the search functions and indexes.

And then just as I was getting my life back together and gaining ground on the redesign process..

     11.  I dislocated my ankle. (This is by far the worst item on the list. Recovery is going to be a slow and arduous process.)

So you can see, it’s kind of been a doozy of a year. But enough about that, back to these scones! A bowl of lemon zest and chopped strawberries.

There’s nothing that says summer to me quite like fresh strawberries. In my household we are obsessed with strawberry lemonade and go through gallons. So as I was trying to decide what to do with the few strawberries I had left after making some fruit salad for a work party, I knew that strawberry lemon would be a winner. Since scones are my favorite thing to bake, that’s the direction I took. Strawberries are a nice addition to scones because they are a more firm fleshed berry and stay intact better than raspberries or blackberries which are easily mashed and broken as you work the scone dough. The one drawback is that strawberries are also more juicy than other berries. There are times when I’ve had to add a couple tablespoons of flour to compensate for extra juicy strawberries.Chopped strawberries and lemon zest are ready to be mixed in to the Strawberry Lemon Scone Dough

I recently realized that I don’t make scones like a lot of other people.  When it’s time to pat the dough out into a round, I do that directly on the baking sheet and then very slightly separate the cut wedges, giving them around a centimeter of space in between. I give my scones a little bit of space, but not too much. I would rather them grow up, not spread out. Just like my kids! But really, I would rather have a tall fluffy scone then a thinner crispy scone. If you’ve never tried it this way, give it a shot when you bake these strawberry lemon scones and tell me what you think of this method.Strawberry Lemon Scones cooling on a wire rack.

Strawberry Lemon Scones

Strawberry Lemon Scones

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Light and tender scones are given the summer treatment in this recipe, full of the bright flavors of strawberries and lemon and topped with a tangy lemon glaze.

Ingredients

For the Scones

  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest, approx one lemon zested
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with either a silicone baking pad or a sheet of parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the flour. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture is crumbly and no large lumps remain. 
  3. Stir the strawberries and lemon zest into the flour. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and milk. Pour the mix mixture over the flour and stir until completely combined. The dough should come together into a loose, somewhat sticky mass. 
  4. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and with floured hands, pat into a 9 inch round. Cut the round into 8 wedges, separating them slightly. 
  5. Bake for 23-27 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool. 
  6. While the scones are cooling, in a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until the glaze is nice and smooth and no lumps remain. 
  7. Drizzle the lemon glaze over the cooled scones and enjoy! 

Notes

These scones are best eaten the day they are made. Store in an airtight container. 

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Maryann

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Halved recipe.....turned out great. Just had to add a little more flour since I used a whole egg. Put cinnamon sugar topping on instead of icing. Made 4 giant scones, will make again.

Nancy Mikkelson

Sunday 7th of February 2021

I feel like I did something wrong 😢 I read the reviews and was so excited...but my dough was an ooey gooey mess. I had to add about another cup of flour, and the dough was still gooey but I could work with it. They taste good but can someone please tell me why this would happen. Non-baker, FYI!!!!

Amy D

Friday 12th of February 2021

Aw man Nancy, that's such a bummer. I hate it when you've finally found the time and bought the ingredients to try something new and it just doesn't turn out. But, you're not alone in having trouble with scones they seem to be a problem area for a lot of people. One thing in particular that seems to be a common theme is that adding fruit can cause problems with the consistency of scone dough. The reason for this is that fruit can add so much more moisture to the dough, especially if it's overworked. The more those berries are handled, the more juice they give out, especially strawberries. So I would make sure that your berries are pretty dry before you start, maybe even coating them with a touch of flour before adding them to the scone dough. And your instincts were spot on in handling the problem, even if you are a non-baker!

Hope this helps, Amy D.

Monique

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

In the “Great Baking Frenzy” of 2020 I came across your recipe for Strawberry-Lemon scones...... I keep coming back to it! It is so easy and they are so delicious! Thank you for sharing.......this is one of the great things to come out of 2020!

Amy D

Friday 29th of January 2021

These scones are just something that lift my spirits, the smell as they are baking is something else. So glad you have enjoyed these also and that they were able to brighten your day Monique.

Marie

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Have you ever prepared the dough and frozen it before baking? Or do you think I’d be better off freezing the strawberries and making the dough later?

Amy D

Saturday 25th of July 2020

You can make the scones and then freeze them before baking!

Chichi

Friday 28th of June 2019

I love scones. This strawberry lemon combo is ace

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