Friday, October 7, 2011

Lemon Curd Scones

The old saying that necessity is the mother of invention was definitely at work for these scones. Inspired by my favorite DISCONTINUED scone at Peet's Coffee, they make use of that extra lemon curd lurking in your fridge. What, you don't have a problem with leftover lemon curd taking up valuable space? Me neither, which is why I made my go-to recipe (you can find it here) the night before I made these, but a good quality jarred lemon curd would be just fine.

My favorite Peet's lemon scone had a lemon icing, which I made, but I served some with a dollop of lemon curd instead. They were yummy and lemony without being too sweet. For me, the secret of a good drizzle is to cut out as much sugar as possible. I hate it when the taste of the sugar overtakes the flavor of the lemon.

Things you should know if you make these:
  • Flour your board (or counter) liberally as the dough is VERY wet and sticky.
  • I use Ina Garten's mixer method to mix my scones, but you could use a pastry blender, two forks or your fingers if you prefer.
  • Don't mix the dough until it's combined, stop when it still looks a little clumpy and floury. 
  • Use a bowl scraper to transfer the dough to your WELL FLOURED work surface. Then flour the bowl scraper and use it to press the dough into a circle that's about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  • I like to cut my scones with a 2" biscuit cutter (flour it before each cut) but you can cut your dough into wedges if you like triangular scones (I find the triangular ones too large).
  • Brush the scones with a little cream before baking for a nicer finish, but that's unnecessary if you glaze them.

Lemon Curd Scones
Printer-friendly recipe

1 egg
1/3 cup cream
1/2 cup lemon curd
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes
Extra cream for brushing (optional)
Lemon glaze (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, a silicon baking mat, or butter it lightly. Set aside.
In large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl or 2 cup measure, beat together the egg, cream and lemon curd and set aside.

Working with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, drop the butter into the flour mixture and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles a combination of oat flakes and pea-sized pieces of butter. Still on low speed, pour in the liquid mixture and mix until flour is mostly worked in. Turn off mixer, and with a few swipes of a spatula, mix in any flour remaining on the bottom of the bowl. Dough will be very wet!

Flour a counter liberally and coax your dough onto the floured surface (a plastic bowl scraper is ideal for this). Flour your hands and/or the bowl scraper, and gently pat the mound into a somewhat cohesive disk about 1 1/2" high. Flour a 2" biscuit cutter and cut out scones, flouring your biscuit cutter before each cut. Place each on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with cream if desired.

Bake the scones for about 20 minutes (check after 18 minutes if your oven runs hot), until they are nicely browned. When cool, spoon on the glaze and serve immediately.

Lemon Glaze

Juice of 1 lemon
Approximately 2 cups of powdered sugar

Combine lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar in a bowl, stirring and mashing any lumps until the glaze is smooth. Add additional powdered sugar to get the desired consistency. Set aside until scones have cooled, then spoon on to scones.


Kayte said...

I was all set to head to bed when I felt a tug and decided to go around and see what was on the blog reader, this came up I will have sweet dreams and figure out how I can make this tomorrow morning...always a bit of lemon curd parked in my frig. Or did I spoon that out and eat it all and need to make some more? Hmmmm...either way, these are happening soon! Gorgeous photo of the scone on that beautiful plate.

Di said...

Ooooh, yummy! And I just happen to have some lemon curd in my fridge from last weekend... =) I think I've found breakfast for tomorrow.

A Textbook Case said...

The ice lemon curd scone is back at Peet's by popular demand! Yay! Now if ony they'd bring back their pecan bars...

A Textbook Case said...

The iced lemon curd scone is back at Peet's by popular demand.. Yay!

lia1810 said...

Tried making this for tea today and it turned out delicious! Wonderful aroma and the scones are moist and tasty. Simply perfect! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. Definitely going to make more next time.

lia1810 said...

Tried making this for tea today and it turned out delicious! Wonderful aroma and the scones are moist and tasty. Simply perfect! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. Definitely going to make more again.

Xan said...

Hmmm, I says to myself says I. Lemon curd scones. I wonder if anyone has figured this out, or will have I to make it up myself.

Silly me. Internets rule!