Lemon Poppyseed Scones Recipe

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Lemon Poppyseed Scones Recipe

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  • Yield:Makes 12 scones
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time:35 minutes


  • 3 cups (15 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from 1 to 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup milk


  1. 1.

    Adjust oven rack to medium position and preheat to 375°F. Prepare a baking dish by lining it with foil, or using baking spray. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt, and whisk to combine. Using two butter knives or a pastry cutter, cut butter into dry ingredients until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.

  2. 2.

    In a separate bowl, combine egg, lemon juice and milk, and whisk to combine. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and, using a wooden spoon or your hands, mix until a dough forms, but take care to not over-mix.

  3. 3.

    On a lightly floured surface, pat dough into a 10- by 6 1/2-inch rectangle, then cut that rectangle into 6 equal squares; then divide each square diagonally through the center to create 12 triangular scones.

  4. 4.

    Place scones on prepared baking dish and bake for 18 minutes, or until scones have browned.