Citrus season is upon us once again and I have a few lemons to say the least. Let me tell you that there is no substitute for freshness when you cut into a lemon fresh off the tree. These scones were bursting with fresh lemon flavour that filled the kitchen with a lemony aroma. A little lemon zest goes a long way.
Just the other day I was talking about cutting back on "treats". It is what were are meant to do in January right? Well, I have been trying so hard, but it isn't made easy when I love to cook, bake and eat all the time! It is so easy to pile the counter up with butter, chocolate and eggs and just let it all happen. The temptation is real friends.
We are now well into the second week of January and so far this was the only thing I baked. And guess what? It doesn't even have sugar. So it has to be healthy...ha! Okay, I know these scones don't fall into the category of healthy eating, but I am not complaining because they were worth every single bite and more. I may have eaten more than one.
Anyway, how could I resist with a lemon tree by the front door just bursting with the freshest lemons you have ever seen. Needless to say, I am using lemons in just about everything at the moment. From drinks to dinner, it's all about lemons right now. In fact, I am about make a new dinner today with lemons. If that turns out, it will be hitting the blog next shortly. Let's see.
Apart from cooking with lemons, I am still on a culinary low. Still cooking every single day, but not finding any inspiration for many new dishes. I find myself in the kitchen repeating the same ol' family favourites that I have been making for years. It's easy and I know everyone is going to eat it. So for me that works. But I do find it somewhat depressing. I not only love whipping up new dishes, I love digging into them as well. Clearly. So, when dinner is on repeat from Monday to Friday, it can get a bit boring.
When I was shopping this morning, I was wondering why I always resort to the same ol' same ol'. Of course I realized why, because I am constantly trying to please two teenagers!!! You see when I cook, I like for everyone around the table to enjoy the meal. I don't like putting food in the garbage and I most definitely don't like cooking two dinners. So, I most often opt for dinners that all four of us will eat. As for me, I am easy to please. I will eat pretty much everything except bananas. That is something I will not in a million years eat, EVER. Apart from that, I am willing to try just about anything but sure I have my dislikes like the next person.
As for the two teenagers that turn up at the dinner table every evening, not so much. My son is willing to try just about anything and will (under duress) eat most of what I put down in front of him. The 15 year old daughter is not so adventurous. But I am working on that. She has even realized that part of growing up is growing your pallet. So, let's see if she smiles when I put dinner on the table this evening. Stay tuned.
As for these scones, they were a hit. And even if you have almost no time, you will probably find time to make these. From start to hot of the oven just 20 minutes! I mean, you can't complain with that.
The recipe is pretty self explanatory as you will see below. They really are best out of the oven, but can be eaten at room temperature. You could always reheat them, which is what I did when we wanted to have one. Because I don't have a microwave, I put them in foil wrap and put them in the oven for about 10 minutes. That does the trick the old fashioned way. I also served them with whipped honey butter. Ah, there's the sugar. Just whisk a little honey into room temperature butter and you are done. Yum!
Happy baking and see you all shortly. Stay warm!
Makes 8 / Prep time: 5 minutes / Bake time: 15 minutes
2 Cups/250 grams of flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
Zest of one lemon
1/3 Cup/40 grams of butter
2/3 Cup/160 ml of milk
1 Egg, lightly whisked for brushing
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a baking tray.
In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk lightly to combine. Add the lemon zest and combine.
Cut in butter and use the tips of your fingers to incorporate it until it resembles a bread crumb mixture. Add milk all at once and stir until it comes together as a dough. Don't over mix.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and lightly press it out with your hands. With a small 2 inch circle cutter, cut out 8 scones. You can also spoon the dough onto a baking tray.
With a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash. Place on your baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes. Serve immediately.
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