In the perfect lunch world, there are only a few things better than cardamom and lemon together like in these fluffy and fragrant Lemon Scones with Cardamom. Don’t just take my word for it (although actually you should), try it yourself and see.
It’s the “go-to” scones recipe you have been waiting for and the “quick and easy” treat your guests will drool over. Use whichever kind of lemons you have, add a bit more lemon juice if you prefer and you can also try them with some additional orange zest.
LEMON SCONES ARE PERFECT FOR A LUXURY LUNCH
Let’s talk lunch… actually a luxury lunch. Nothing is better than pulling together a fancy lunch menu, gathering round a few good friends and chatting away over good food and drink. I think we all need these glamorous and indulgent moments in our lives every once in a while.
What has me thinking about hosting a luxury lunch? This fab Designer Italian Button Upholstered Modern Chaise Longue from Juliettes Interiors. Yeap, you know you are a food blogger when a piece of furniture has you dreaming up lunch menus.
Can you imagine inviting your friends round, hanging out on that luxury chaise longue, eating good food and drinking good drinks? (Fab chaise longue-friendly food and drinks, of course… definitely no tomato soup.)
For a luxury lunch with a centrepiece like that, the lunch menu would have to be the best. Something like this:
Dessert: Lemon Scones with Cardamom
We would eat this fab food whilst sitting on our fab Juliettes Interiors chaise longue (fighting over who gets the best spot) and chat and chat till we ran out of food (not out of things to say – because that never seems to happen). This luxury lunch sounds so good that I think I need to make it a reality very soon.
If you would like to be inspired to have your own luxury get-together, make sure to check out the Juliettes Interiors site and see what catches your eye.
How to Make Lemon Scones with Cardamom
As you can see from the below these Lemon Scones are pretty easy to whip up and do not need any special equipment. Luxury results, non-luxury effort.
Step 1. Mix together flour, sugar and salt, add to your food processor, add butter and whizz into a breadcrumb consistency.
Chef’s Tip: I used white self-raising, just because it makes the scones fluffier but you can make these with half white and half wholemeal flour, although the scones may not be as light.
Step 2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the lemon zest, lemon and ground cardamom.
Step 3. Make a well in the centre, pour in the milk and mix into a dough and knead for a min.
Step 4. Transfer dough onto a lightly floured surface, pat till it is about 2cm thick.
Step 5. Cut out 6cm rounds using a pastry cutter. Reform the trimming and cut out a few more.
Chef’s Tip: If you don’t have a pastry cutter then simply use a glass.
Step 6. Place the scones onto a lightly flowered baking tray, brush them with some milk and bake.
Chef’s Tip: To refresh your day-old scones, simply warm them in a preheated oven for about 10 mins.
Lemon Scone Variations
Can you make a variation of these Lemon Scones? The answer is yes. These scones are pretty flexible and you can add other spices or fruit to your taste. I give you a few ideas below.
Lemon Buttermilk Scones
To make these lemon buttermilk scones, simply substitute the milk for buttermilk and enjoy.
Blueberry Lemon Scones
Blueberry Lemon Scones are really really awesome, and all you would need to do to make these is to skip the cardamom and add in about 100g (0.5 cup) blueberries at step 2 of the recipe.
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A luxurious lemon and cardamom scones recipe.
- 225 g self-raising flour
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 50 g chilled unsalted butter
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp juice
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 125 ml milk, plus extra for brushing
- Preheat the oven to fan assisted 180C / 200C / 400C / gas 6.
- Mix together flour, sugar and salt and place in a food processor. Add in the cold butter and whizz until it reaches a breadcrumb consistency.
- Transfer the mixture into a bowl and stir in the lemon zest, lemon and ground cardamom. Make a well in the centre, pour in the milk and mix into a dough. Knead for a minute to combine all the ingredients.
- Then transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat out till the mixture is about 2cm thick. Cut out 6cm rounds using a pastry cutter. You might need to reform the trimming and cut out a few more.
- Place the scones onto a lightly flowered baking tray, brush them with some milk and bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden.
- Serve with some clotted cream and jam.