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Blueberry Lemon Scones from Scratch

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Blueberry Lemon Scones from Scratch

The Day I Fell in Love with Scones

I will never forget the day my love affair with scones began. It was a brisk spring morning, and I was browsing the pastry section of my local bakery, looking for something to pair with my freshly brewed cup of Earl Grey. As my eyes scanned the glass display, they landed on a tray of golden-brown triangles, dusted with a delicate sugar topping. “Scones,” I muttered to myself, feeling a sense of indifference. You see, up until that point, scones had always been nothing more than dry, crumbly disappointments – the kind of pastry that reminded me of cardboard, no matter how much jam or clotted cream I slathered on top.

But as I took that first bite, something magical happened. The exterior was perfectly crisp, giving way to a soft, tender interior that practically melted in my mouth. The flavors of lemon and blueberry danced on my tongue, creating a symphony of sweet and tart that left me utterly captivated. In that moment, I knew I had to learn the secret to making scones this good.

The Anatomy of a Perfect Scone

As it turns out, not all scones are created equal. The key to achieving that coveted bakery-style texture and flavor lies in a careful balance of ingredients and technique. Home Cooking Rocks has the inside scoop, thanks to our resident scone expert, Sally.

Sally’s go-to scone recipe is the foundation for all her delicious creations, from chocolate chip to pumpkin. The secret? Frozen grated butter. That’s right – by incorporating tiny frozen bits of butter into the dry ingredients, you create a flaky, crumbly exterior with a soft, tender center.

“As with pie crust, work cold butter into the dry ingredients,” Sally explains. “The cold butter coats the flour, creating tons of flour coated butter crumbs. When these crumbs melt as the scones bake, they release steam which creates all the scone flakiness we love.”

But the magic doesn’t stop there. Sally also recommends chilling the shaped scones for at least 15 minutes before baking, and even refrigerating them overnight for a quick breakfast treat. This extra step helps to keep the dough as cold as possible, ensuring those perfect layers of flakiness.

Blueberry Lemon Scones: A Summer Delight

Now that we’ve covered the basics of scone-making, let’s dive into the star of the show – these incredible Blueberry Lemon Scones. Packed with juicy blueberries and a bright, tangy lemon zing, these summery treats are bound to become a new breakfast (or anytime) favorite.

The process starts with mixing the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and fresh lemon zest. Then, you’ll cut in that all-important frozen butter, creating those precious flour-coated crumbs. Whisk together the wet ingredients – heavy cream, an egg, and vanilla extract – and gently fold them into the dry mix, being careful not to overwork the dough.

As Sally mentioned, you can use either fresh or frozen blueberries, but avoid thawing them if you opt for the frozen variety. Fold them in gently, then shape the dough into a disc and cut it into wedges.

Before baking, brush the scones with heavy cream and sprinkle them with coarse sugar for that irresistible bakery-style crunch and golden sheen. Then, just pop them in the oven and wait for the magic to happen. The result? Flaky, buttery perfection, with pockets of sweet-tart blueberry goodness in every bite.

The Finishing Touch: Lemon Icing

Of course, no Blueberry Lemon Scone is complete without a drizzle of tangy-sweet lemon icing. This is where the recipe really shines, taking these scones from delicious to downright irresistible.

All you need to do is whisk together some confectioners’ sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice until you have a smooth, pourable glaze. The icing seeps into the tops of the warm scones, creating a heavenly flavor and texture combination that’s almost too good to be true.

As one of our readers, Lynne, described it, “The icing seeps into the tops of the scones making these summer-y treats almost more than you can handle. They’re so good!!!”

Whether you’re serving these Blueberry Lemon Scones for a fancy brunch, a cozy afternoon tea, or just a delightful solo indulgence, they’re sure to impress. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and get baking!

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