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Small Batch Lemon Scones

Buttery Lemon Poppy Seed Scones Recipe - these delicate lemon scones are topped with a sweet lemon glaze. This wonderful small batch recipe yields 4 perfectly sweet scones.

One lemon glazed scone on a plate near a cup of coffee.

These tender lemon scones are light and buttery and perfect to enjoy with coffee or tea. They're easy to make and the ingredients used are ones you very likely already have in your pantry.

Scones are buttery baked treats that are similar to biscuits. Although they've increased in popularity, they still are thought of as a fancy breakfast or something to be served at a formal high-tea.

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Actually, scones are very easy to make. Once the dough is formed, the dough is divided into pieces and baked in the oven.

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Three scones topped with a white glaze and lemon zest on a baking sheet next to a half of a lemon.

Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • sugar
  • poppy seeds
  • butter
  • an egg yolk
  • milk
  • lemon juice
  • lemon zest

If you don't have poppy seeds, feel free to leave them out.

For the lemon glaze

  • powdered sugar 
  • heavy cream or milk
  • lemon juice

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

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How To Make Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, sugar and poppy seeds. Using a pastry blender, a fork or your fingertips, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, milk, lemon juice and lemon zest.  Pour into flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Knead very lightly and form a circle. (Add a little more flour to the dough if the dough becomes too sticky to handle).
  4. Cut the dough into 4 wedges and place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
A scone topped with white glaze cut in half on a white plate next to a cup of tea.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this lemon scone recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Egg white

Lemons

Poppy Seeds

Tips For Making The Best Scones

  • The trick to making perfect scones every time is to make sure your ingredients are cold. Don’t take the butter, milk or eggs out of the refrigerator until you are ready to make scones.
  • Don’t overwork the dough. Once you add in the liquid (eggs, milk, etc.) stir the dough very little to combine. Remember to handle the dough as little as possible. Over-mixing the dough will lead to scones that are rather chewy instead of light and flaky.
  • I am often asked if skim milk or low-fat milk can be substituted for higher fat milk or cream. The short answer is yes, but the scones will be dry and hard. Keep in mind that the higher the fat content, the more tender the scones will be.

How To Store Lemon Scones

This lemon scone recipe yields 4 delightful scones. They keep well in the refrigerator but are best eaten in a day or so after baking them.

Can You Freeze Lemon Scones?

Yes, you can! Make and shape the dough into scones and freeze them on a baking sheet, then transfer the frozen unbaked scones to a zip-top bag, and bake them straight from frozen, adding a couple of minutes to the baking time.

What To Serve With Lemon Scones

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Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keywords: scones
Servings: 4 scones
Calories: 339kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup cold butter , cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

FOR THE GLAZE

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar , sifted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

How To Video

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, sugar and poppy seeds.
  • Using a pastry blender, a fork or your fingertips, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, milk, lemon juice and lemon zest.  Pour into flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Knead very lightly and form a circle. (Add a little more flour to the dough if the dough becomes too sticky to handle).
  • Cut the dough into 4 wedges.
  • Place the wedges onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for a minute, then transfer onto wire rack.

TO PREPARE THE GLAZE

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cream and lemon juice until smooth.  Spoon over the tops of cooled scones.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 1.9mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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6 thoughts on “Small Batch Lemon Scones”

  1. 5 stars
    Easy to make and baked up nice. Bottoms burnt just a bit, and I took them out at 11 minutes. Next time, I’ll bake 10 minutes max. I am going to add a bit more lemon zest and juice to both the batter and the glaze as I felt it needed just a little more lemon for my taste. Thanks for the fabulous recipe.

  2. Ginger Masters

    5 stars
    I didn’t have poppyseed so I used the next closest thing, blueberries! Came out wonderful! Made them for Mother’s Day and my daughter who has travelled throughout the UK said they were the best she’s ever had.

    1. I bet those blueberries were a wonderful addition. I’m definitely going to add blueberries to my scones next time. Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed the recipe, I’m so happy you and your daughter enjoyed them.

      Joanie

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