These lemon buttermilk scones are light, flaky, delicious and ready in 15 minutes! You don’t even need an electric mixer.
I’m a huge fan of scones. My recipe for Classic Buttermilk Scones was one of the very first recipes I shared here and it’s become one of the most popular. And for good reason – it’s so easy to make, it’s absolutely delightful and it’s ready in no time at all.
One day though, as is usual in the TUB household, I had extra lemons lying around. So I experimented with my time-tested recipe and made a lemon version. And it turned out quite lovely too!
Change #1: lemon sugar
I didn’t change the recipe drastically (why fix what’s not broken, right?). I just added lemon sugar by rubbing lemon zest and sugar together using my fingertips until our whole house smelled like lemon heaven.
Try it even if you don’t really need lemon sugar (though I’m sure we’ll find a use for it). It’s amazing.
Change #2: lemon glaze
Then I added a lemon glaze to make it even more lemony. I like my lemon buttermilk scones plain but if you’re looking for a touch of lemony sweetness, the glaze is for you.
Change #3: frozen grated butter
Instead of using cold and cubed butter, I froze my butter, grated it, then put it back in the freezer while I prepped everything else. It was a tip I saw on The Kitchn. It’s genius (albeit a bit of work)! It results to flakier scones and it’s how I make even my classic scones now.
Change #4: rounds instead of triangles
I bought this cookie cutter from the baking supplies store which I have not used ever and for which Red constantly gives me the side-eye for (what can I say, it was cute and less than $5!). So I finally used it and made round scones.
You can shape your scones any which way you like, no side-eyes from me. Just keep them all the same shape so they bake evenly.
Result: lemon buttermilk scones nirvana
All these little changes resulted to a scone as lovely as the original. It’s not overtly lemony and like my original scones recipe, not excessively sweet. I love it freshly baked, slathered with butter (or clotted cream if I can get my hands on a jar), perfect for brunch.
Great for Easter!
Speaking of brunch. If Easter brunch is your thing, these lemon buttermilk scones would be perfect. Make them just before guests arrive. Or you can make them the night before – just freeze in Ziploc bags, then reheat when you’re ready to serve. They won’t be as flaky but they will still be delicious.
Did you make lemon buttermilk scones? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
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