Treat Mom to These Buttery Lemon Scones With a Tangy Lemon Curd

lemon curd scone
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
18 x 2-inch rounds or 8 triangles

Every year for Mother’s Day, I make my mom scones. This year, while I can’t celebrate with her in person, I’m keeping the tradition alive and dropping these off so we can enjoy them together, but separately (over video chat). These Baking Therapy lemon scones are buttery, super easy to make and just scream springtime! Spread on a healthy layer of the tangy lemon curd to take these scones to a whole new level.

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Lemon Scones

cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
Tbsp white sugar
tsp baking powder
tsp baking soda
tsp salt
cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
1 ½
Tbsp lemon zest (about 3 lemons)
mL buttermilk
Tbsp vanilla extract

Egg Wash

Tbsp milk

Tangy Lemon Curd

cup sugar
egg yolk
cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
Pinch salt
stick butter



Scones require 45 minutes rest time. Tangy Lemon Curd requires 5 minutes prep time, 10 minutes cook time, and 2 to 4 hours rest time.

lemon curd scones ingredients
Step 1

For the scones, in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter to the mix by rubbing/crumbling it between your fingers. Work quickly so the butter stays cold, you want pea-sized bits throughout. Add the lemon zest.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract.

Step 3

Create a well in the middle of the dry mix and pour in the buttermilk mixture. With a fork, start to work the dry ingredients into the wet until the dough starts to come together, it will be a bit shaggy at this point.

Step 4

Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface, flour your hands and begin to press the dough together. Form a rectangle, about one inch thick. Cut the dough in half and stack it on top of one another. Repeat the process three times, dusting with flour if the dough gets too sticky.

Step 5

Finally, roll out the dough to about ¾ inch thick. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter or a knife, cut out your scones. Make sure to press straight down, this will ensure the scones will rise straight up as they bake.

Step 6

Place the scones on a lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer to firm up for 30-45 minutes.

Step 7

Preheat oven to 375°F

Step 8

Mix together the egg wash ingredients and brush the top of the scones with it. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on the size of your scones, until they rise and are beautifully golden brown on the edges. (Tip: You can make these scones ahead of time. Once the scones are frozen on the cookie sheet, transfer to a freezer-friendly plastic bag or container. Bake from frozen for 12-15 minutes.)

Step 9

Serve immediately with your homemade lemon curd or your favourite jam.

Step 10

For the Tangy Lemon Curd, in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, whisk together the sugar, eggs, lemon juice and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. When the mixture starts to bubble, whisk in the butter, one Tbsp at a time. Bring the mixture to a boil again and let it bubble for 1 minute.

Step 11

Remove from heat and strain the lemon curd. Place plastic wrap directly on the curd and refrigerate until it sets, about 2-4 hours.

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