There is something about blueberries and lemon, they just go so well together, so when I came upon this recipe from the Pastry Affair blog, I just had to try it.
I’m afraid I’ve been away for too long. This past month has been crazy busy, and I’ve really missed my mixer and oven. I’m so happy to have had a small break today so that I could make these incredibly delicious Blueberry and Lemon Scones.
The recipe is from Pastry Affair and is simple and straightforward and I followed it pretty much as is except that since I had no heavy cream at home I used half and half. Because of this substitution the dough needed a bit more flour so I added about 4 tablespoons worth. The extra flour made it easier to work the dough into a circle and cut it into eight portions.
The scones came out beautifully and were absolutely delicious. They were tender and moist and you could really taste the lemon flavour. And since there is hardly any sugar at all in the scones I feel the lemon glaze is a must, though if you prefer things not so sweet then you could eat them on their own or maybe with some clotted cream.
Blueberry and Lemon Scones
Author: Slightly adapted from Pastry Affair
Ingredients for the scones:
- 2 cups and 4 Tbs. all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
- 1 Tbs. baking powder
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- zest of 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup of cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup of half & half cream
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup fresh blueberries, picked over and rinsed
Ingredients for the lemon glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 tsp. half & half cream (or milk)
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest in the bowl of your stand mixer, and with the mixer on low (fitted with the paddle attachment) combine the dry ingredients together. Add in the cubed butter and mix until the pieces of butter are the size of peas. Whisk the egg into the cream and pour the mixture into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients, mix until the dough comes together and then add the blueberries. Do not over-mix or the blueberries will burst (but don’t worry if they do it will still taste delicious).
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and using your hands shape the dough into a circle. Pat the dough so it’s about one inch thick. Cut into 8 even portions and place on lined baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for 22 to 25 minutes until scones are golden brown. Transfer scones to a wire rack to cool.
While the scones are cooling you can prepare the glaze by whisking the powdered sugar, lemon juice and cream in a small bowl. Adjust the glaze to the desired consistency by adding more cream or milk.