Tuesday, March 22, 2011

When life gives you lemons....

....make Lemon Glazed Scones! That is what Emma and I did together today. This was the ideal activity to do on a day that was cold and blustery. The weather outside might have been frightful, but the smell inside, emanating from our kitchen,
was delightful!
Emma checking if the lemon is fresh

Emma stirring the dry ingredients together
 Lemon Glazed Scones:
2 cups all purpose floour
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cold butter, cut up
1 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 egg
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Yellow food coloring, optional

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut in cold butter with pastry blender until crumbly. In a seperate bowl, whisk together zest, juice, cream, and egg. Stir egg mixture into dry mixture just until dough begins to form. Knead a couple times until dough just starts to hold together. On a lightly floured surface, gently press dough into a large circle, about an inch thick. Use a pizza cutter and make 8 wedges. Place scones on ungreased baking sheet, not touching each other and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes just until edges are light brown. Remove from oven and let rest on sheet for 5 minutes.
Prepare icing by mixing powdered sugar and remaining juice together in bowl. Add coloring if desired. Place scones on wire rack. Drizzle or brush icing onto warm scones.
(recipe courtesy of www.tammysrecipes.com --a great site!)
My husband gave this recipe a thumbs up! I will be sending a few scones tucked inside of his lunch box for him to enjoy tomorrow on his morning break at work.
Next time that I make these, I think I will experiment and try orange juice and zest, and maybe add some dried cranberries, too. There are alot of different combinations of flavors that would be yummy together.
The finished product

Treat time!

So good paired with a cup of hot chai tea. Ah...my one indulgence today! :) This is the perfect treat after a long day of toddler chasing, laundry, meal preparation, teaching.............especially on a night where the wind is howling around the house and we are in the middle of a March snow storm. Time to curl up with a book and relax. Good night!

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