Quick Breads

Lemon Ginger Scones

Lemon Ginger Scones
Recipe type: Quick Bread
Serves: 6-8 Scones
Scone Dough:
  • 2 cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup (113 grams) (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • ½ cup (70 grams) crystallized ginger, chopped into small pieces
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • ⅔ cup (160 ml) buttermilk
Egg mixture for brushing tops of scones:
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  1. Preheat oven to 400⁰ F (200⁰ C) and place rack in middle of oven. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Stir in the chopped crystallized ginger and lemon zest. Add the buttermilk to the flour mixture and stir just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix the dough.
  3. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches (18 cm) round and about 1½ inches (3.75 cm) thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 3 or 4 pie-shaped wedges (triangles). Place the scones on the baking sheet. Make an egg wash of one well-beaten egg mixed with 1 tablespoon milk and brush the tops of the scones with this mixture.
  4. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and then turn your broiler on high. Sift confectioners’ (powdered or icing) sugar heavily over the tops of the scones and place them under the broiler. Broil for just a few seconds, turning the pan as necessary, until the sugar has melted and turns golden brown. Make sure to watch the scones carefully as the sugar will burn very quickly. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 6-8 Scones.