Start your morning off on a sweet and tangy note with these delicious lemon almond scones. Made with freshly squeezed lemon juice and topped with lemon glaze and a sprinkle of slivered toasted almonds, these lemon scones are the perfect balance of zesty and nutty flavors. This easy scone recipe will be ready in under 30 minutes, perfect for a quick breakfast or as a sweet treat with your afternoon tea. So why wait? Let’s get baking!
Add some zest to your breakfast with a delicious Lemon Almond Scones recipe with a tangy lemon glaze! Perfect for any occasion, easy to make and a crowd pleaser.
Why I Like Lemon Almond Scones
Simple – Scones use simple ingredients and don’t require any special tools to make.
Versatile – These scones can be enjoyed with a variety of toppings and accompaniments. Whether you prefer them plain or with a dollop of homemade berry jam or honey, these scones are sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
Lemon Almond Scone Ingredients
For a perfect lemon almond scones, you’ll need all purpose flour, sugar, cold unsalted butter, heavy cream, baking powder, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and sliced almonds.
Just mix them all together and you’re good to go! These lemon almond scones are perfect for breakfast, brunch or even as a snack. Your entire family will love this easy recipe.
How To Make Lemon Almond Scones
These scones are very easy to make, even for new bakers. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, lemon zest, salt and almonds. Quickly cut in the butter with a pastry blender and mix until mixture resembles coarse meal.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until dough begins to take form but be careful not to over mix.
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until it forms a ball. Form dough into a circular shape and cut it into wedges with a sharp knife. Bake on the prepared baking sheet until golden brown.
Let the scones cool completely before you drizzle with lemon glaze and slivered almonds.
Tips for Baking Scones
Scone recipes are typically very easy, but here are some tips for success:
- Make sure your butter is cold when incorporating it into the flour mixture, as this will help create a flaky texture in your scones. Even frozen butter will work and many use frozen grated butter with success.
- Be careful not to overmix the dough, as this can lead to tough scones.
- If you prefer a sweeter scone, you can increase the sugar to 1/3 cup.
- You can also add dried fruit or chocolate chips to the lemon almond scones for added flavour.
Scone Recipe Variations
There are many variations you can make to the lemon almond scone recipe:
- Add dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries or apricots for a burst of sweetness and added texture.
- Substitute the almonds for poppy seeds other nuts such as chopped walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts.
- Chocolate chips added to the recipe would be a sweet and chocolatey twist.
- Replace lemon zest with orange zest for an orange almond scones.
- Use 1:1 gluten free flour to make gluten free scones.
- You could use almond extract or lemon extract instead of the vanilla for a more intense lemon or almond flavour.
- Make a savoury variation by omitting the sugar and lemon zest and adding herbs such as chives, rosemary or thyme.
- Add berries like fresh blueberries or fresh raspberries to add additional flavour.
- You can also add a streusel topping to the scones instead of the lemon icing.
Why are They Called Scones?
This Scottish quick bread is said to be named after the Stone of Destiny (or Scone) which is the place where Scottish kings were once crowned. The original triangular shaped scone was made with oats and believe it or not, it was griddle-baked. Today you will see scones in triangles, but sometimes a circular shape, too.
When to Serve Scones
Lemon almond scones would be a great addition to a variety of events, special occasions or holidays such as:
- Brunch: Lemon almond scones are an absolutely perfect option for a brunch or breakfast gathering. They pair well with coffee or tea and can be enjoyed plain or with a variety of toppings.
- Mother’s Day: These scones would make a great homemade gift or addition to a Mother’s Day brunch or breakfast in bed.
- Baby Showers: Scones are a classic option for baby showers. The lemon almond flavor of these scones would be a nice change from the traditional scones and would be a great addition to the refreshment table.
- Easter: These scones would be a great addition to an Easter brunch or breakfast. The lemon flavor would be a nice change from the traditional sweet breakfast foods that are often served during the holiday.
- Springtime: Lemon and almond scones are perfect for Spring, the lemon flavor is refreshing and the almond gives a nice taste, perfect for the season.
- Tea Time: These scones would also be perfect for a tea party or afternoon tea. The lemon and almond flavors would complement a variety of teas and would be a nice change from traditional tea sandwiches.
Lemon Scone FAQs
Buttermilk will work as a substitute for the heavy cream.
You can use gluten free flour or whole wheat flour in place of all purpose flour, but it may affect the texture of the scones.
Cold butter creates the flakiness. The bits of cold butter melt and make steam pockets and fluffy layers. You want the butter to be as solid as possible before working it into the dough, so that it will stay in little bits instead of seeping into the dough resulting in a denser scone.
Yes, you can make the scones in advance and store them in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat them in the oven or microwave before serving.
Yes, you can freeze the scones for up to 3 months. Make sure they are completely cooled before placing them in an airtight container or freezer bag.
Lemon Almond Scone with Lemon Glaze Recipe
Lemon Almond Scones
For the Scones
- 2 cups flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 lemon zest from 2 lemons
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 1/2 Cup almonds slivered
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter cold, cut into cubes
- 1 Cup heavy cream plus 1 tablespoon, divided
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice fresh
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Lemon Glaze
- 1 Cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 Juice of lemon
- 1/2 cup almonds toasted, slivered
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a large baking sheet with Silpat and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, lemon zest, salt and almonds. Quickly cut in the butter and mix until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a feel larger butter lumps.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of heavy cream, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Pour mixture over the ingredients and stir with a spatula until dough begins to form. Don’t over mix.
- Transfer dough to a floured counter and knead dough by hand just until it forms a ball. Form scones by patting the dough into a 3/4 inch thick circle. Cut the scones into 8 triangles.
- Place scones on prepared baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush scones lightly with the additional heavy cream. Bake scones for 15 to 18 minutes, or until light brown. Cool.
- While the scones are cooling, make the lemon glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over the scones. Top with toasted almonds.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Lemon almond scones are a delicious and refreshing breakfast or snack option that is sure to please your taste buds. The combination of tangy lemon and nutty almond flavors creates a perfect balance that is hard to resist. These scones are easy to make and are perfect for a variety of events and holidays such as brunch, Mother’s Day, baby showers, Easter, springtime, and tea time. So, next time you’re looking for a new recipe to impress your family and friends, give these lemon almond scones a try. You won’t be disappointed!
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