Buttermilk Lemon Scones

buttermilk lemon scones

Often when I want a quick solution to fill out and complement a meal, I will make up a batch of scones or biscuits. They don't take long to prepare and there is no substitute for homemade preparations. Over the years I have gained a bit of a reputation for making some fine quick breads, and after years of practice and the quest to create that perfect biscuit that rises well with a flaky and layered texture, I think my efforts have been rewarded. Key to the process is to use cold butter, not to overwork the dough, and to fold the dough over a few times during the kneading stage.

These savory scones with just a hint of sweetness have a citrus-y burst from fresh lemon zest and go well with any number of meals or just on their own with a pat of butter. They are certainly fancy enough to serve as part of your holiday meals too.

lemon scones

Buttermilk Lemon SconesButtermilk Lemon Scones
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Published on December 19, 2014

Simple, soft and flaky buttermilk biscuits with a burst of fresh lemon flavor

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  • 2 cups spelt flour or unbleached white flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or other sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • Preheat the oven to 425° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and sea salt. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs.

  • In a small bowl, beat the egg and then whisk in the buttermilk and lemon zest. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and stir in wet mixture until just combined and the dough starts to come together.

  • Turn out onto a lightly floured board and gently knead a few times. Flatten into a square shape roughly 3/4 inch thick. Fold over itself and flatten again. Fold over and flatten once again. Cut into 6 squares and cut each diagonally into 2 triangles. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack and serve warm.

Makes 12 scones

lemon buttermilk scones

Other quick breads to enjoy from Lisa's Kitchen:
Apple Cheddar Scones
Classic Southern-Style Buttermilk Biscuits
Mini Gruyère Scones
Skinny Masala Biscuits

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Vanamala Hebbar said...


Shaheen said...

They look really lovely.

Joanne said...

These are some gorgeous biscuits!

Niki said...

Just finished making these. They turned out amazing!
Thanks Lisa xx