These light and fluffy homemade lemon scones with a lemon glaze and a sprinkle of lavender are perfect for Mother’s Day.
Scones have always been one of my absolute favourite breakfast treats. My mom is British, so I grew up eating the more traditional round scone, but I have to say, I’m kind of partial to the North American triangular variety.
When I set out to develop this recipe, I dove into some research. What are the differences between a traditional British scone and an American scone (other than the shape)? This piece from Cook’s Illustrated breaks it down pretty well, and I learned that the biggest difference has to do with the fat. British scones typically have less fat than North American varieties (a nice pat of butter, jam or clotted cream are usually served alongside a scone in the UK).
We also tend to stuff our scones with a million different fillings and flavours, while the Brits are more partial to scones that are a little simpler, think currants or literally nothing at all.
But here’s the thing, this lemon scone recipe is my idea of the perfect scone. It’s pleasantly sweet, with a strong lemon aroma both baked into the scone and in the glaze. I also like to sprinkle my scones with a touch of dried lavender to give them a subtle, floral note, but this is totally optional.
The lavender also looks really pretty, so there’s that too.
The trick when making scones is to be careful that you don’t overwork the dough as the scones will end up being tough instead of flaky and tender. The other important element? Always use cream. You’ll find recipes that call for milk, but in my experience, cream is the way to go. Look, we’re making scones, I never said they were going to be good for you!
Another trick I learned from a pastry chef friend of mine is to use the cream leftover in the bottom of the measuring cup to brush over the dough before you bake the scones to help with browning.
So, now I leave you with what I think is pretty much the perfect lemon scone–it’s a great treat to bake for Mother’s Day, or you could even make these to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding! Just an idea.
Let me know if you give these homemade lemon scones a try in the comments below.