I have been sadly absent from the blog the past month! Many, many thanks to my hubby, Josh, for keeping the blog going. I mentioned at the beginning of May that three of our kids have birthdays in May (plus there is Mother’s Day to think about) so I was concentrating on those things as well as a big model rocket launching birthday party we had out in the desert on May 13th. That was definitely one of the more unconventional birthday parties we’ve done!

As Josh said, we have an overabundance of lemons coming from our lemon tree. And that means finding ways to use them other than in lemonade or lemon curd, although lemon curd is definitely something I want to make!

I had been wanting to make blueberry cheesecake scones for a while, but then I realized that they would be even better with lemon added as an extra layer of flavor. I also nailed down my recipe for lemon poppy seed scones. I had never actually written it down in recipe form.

So here are two new lemon scone recipes for you all!

Let’s start with the lemon blueberry cheesecake scones. The most difficult part of making these scones is… how do you get the cheesecake part in? These aren’t the prettiest scones in the world, and I actually thought they tasted just okay. But… I’m not the most reliable taste tester right now as nothing really tastes good to me! So I have to depend on what my family tells me. Josh said these were yummy and I should post about them! They probably could have used some glaze just to make them look prettier but I don’t think the glaze would have added anything in flavor since the cheesecake filling was there to add a punch of lemon.

The cheesecake filling was just 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of sugar beaten together until smooth. The filling was too much for one batch of blueberry scones so I ended up making two batches. I attempted to keep the filling from oozing out of the scones too much by patting the each batch of scone dough out into a rectangle, spreading half of the filling over the rectangle, and then folding the dough in a gate fold like you would with paper.

Then, I sealed up all the open edges as best I could. Mostly, the sealing is to prevent the filling from coming out while patting the dough out again and then cutting the dough into wedges. One batch made 16 small scones.


AuthorLynn-MarieCategoryBreakfast, Scones

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Scones

Note: You can easily double all the ingredients to make 32 scones if you want to use a whole brick of cream cheese.

Yields16 Servings

Scones:
 2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 tbsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt
 2 tbsp sugar
 zest of 2 lemons
 5 tbsp cold unsalted butter
 1 cup heavy cream plus juice of 1 lemon
 ½ cup dried blueberries, soaked in water and drained
 1 - 2 tbsp heavy cream for brushing tops of scones
 Coarse white sugar, optional
Cheesecake filling:
 4 oz cream cheese, softened
 ½ cup sugar
 1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:
1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2

Rub the lemon zest into the sugar using your fingers or a spatula until fragrant.

Sift together dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar/lemon zest mixture. Using pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat pieces with flour. Mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Make well in center and pour in heavy cream and lemon juice. Fold everything together; do not overwork. Fold in the dried blueberries until you have what looks like shreds of dough.

3

To make the cheesecake filling: Use a hand mixer to beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth.

4

On a floured surface, knead the dough gently as if you were making pie crust, until the dough comes together to form a smooth ball. Pat the dough out into a rectangle. Using a spatula, spread the cheesecake filling over the rectangle, leaving some room at the edges for sealing. Fold the dough in a gate fold and pinch or fold over the edges to seal. Don't forget to seal the middle where the folds meet. You will now have a square of dough. Carefully pat the square out into a rectangle again and using a bench knife, cut the rectangle in half. Cut each half in half again, then cut down the middle of the rectangle so that you have 8 squares. Cut each square on the diagonal to get 16 triangles.

5

Using the bench knife, transfer each wedge to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure there is an inch or two separating each wedge. Brush the tops of the scones with heavy cream and sprinkle sugar on the scones if desired. Bake for 12-17 minutes on the middle rack or until golden brown. Allow scones to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Ingredients

Scones:
 2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 tbsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt
 2 tbsp sugar
 zest of 2 lemons
 5 tbsp cold unsalted butter
 1 cup heavy cream plus juice of 1 lemon
 ½ cup dried blueberries, soaked in water and drained
 1 - 2 tbsp heavy cream for brushing tops of scones
 Coarse white sugar, optional
Cheesecake filling:
 4 oz cream cheese, softened
 ½ cup sugar
 1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions

Directions:
1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2

Rub the lemon zest into the sugar using your fingers or a spatula until fragrant.

Sift together dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar/lemon zest mixture. Using pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat pieces with flour. Mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Make well in center and pour in heavy cream and lemon juice. Fold everything together; do not overwork. Fold in the dried blueberries until you have what looks like shreds of dough.

3

To make the cheesecake filling: Use a hand mixer to beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth.

4

On a floured surface, knead the dough gently as if you were making pie crust, until the dough comes together to form a smooth ball. Pat the dough out into a rectangle. Using a spatula, spread the cheesecake filling over the rectangle, leaving some room at the edges for sealing. Fold the dough in a gate fold and pinch or fold over the edges to seal. Don't forget to seal the middle where the folds meet. You will now have a square of dough. Carefully pat the square out into a rectangle again and using a bench knife, cut the rectangle in half. Cut each half in half again, then cut down the middle of the rectangle so that you have 8 squares. Cut each square on the diagonal to get 16 triangles.

5

Using the bench knife, transfer each wedge to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure there is an inch or two separating each wedge. Brush the tops of the scones with heavy cream and sprinkle sugar on the scones if desired. Bake for 12-17 minutes on the middle rack or until golden brown. Allow scones to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Scones

The lemon poppyseed scones are pretty straightforward so I will just post the recipe. I will note that instead of drizzling the glaze on, I brushed it on so that each scone was covered evenly in the glaze.


AuthorLynn-MarieCategoryBreakfast, Scones

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Yields16 Servings

Scones:
 2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 tbsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt
 2 tbsp sugar
 zest of 2 lemons
 5 tbsp cold unsalted butter
 1 cup heavy cream + 1 tbsp lemon juice
 2 tsp poppy seeds
 1-2 tbsp heavy cream, for brushing tops of scones
Lemon Glaze:
 ¾ cup powdered sugar
 1 tbsp lemon juice
 1 tsp water or milk, until desired consistency

Directions:
1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2

In a small bowl, rub the lemon zest into the sugar using your fingers or a spatula until fragrant.

In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat pieces with flour. Mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Make well in center and pour in heavy cream and lemon juice. Fold everything together; do not overwork.

3

When you have what looks like shreds of dough (almost like when you are working with pie crust), pour the dough out onto a floured surface and finish kneading it there until the dough comes together and forms a smooth ball. Pat the dough out into a rectangle and using a bench knife, cut the rectangle in half so that you have two squares. Cut each square in half, then cut down the middle of the rectangle so that you now have eight squares. Cut each square on the diagonal to get 16 triangles.

4

Using the bench knife, transfer each wedge to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure there is an inch or two separating each wedge. Brush the tops of the scones with heavy cream. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired.

5

Bake the scones for 12-17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Allow scones to cool completely before brushing with glaze.

6

To make the glaze, stir together the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add water or milk 1 tsp at a time and continue stirring until desired consistency. Brush the glaze onto the cooled scones.

Ingredients

Scones:
 2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 tbsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt
 2 tbsp sugar
 zest of 2 lemons
 5 tbsp cold unsalted butter
 1 cup heavy cream + 1 tbsp lemon juice
 2 tsp poppy seeds
 1-2 tbsp heavy cream, for brushing tops of scones
Lemon Glaze:
 ¾ cup powdered sugar
 1 tbsp lemon juice
 1 tsp water or milk, until desired consistency

Directions

Directions:
1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2

In a small bowl, rub the lemon zest into the sugar using your fingers or a spatula until fragrant.

In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat pieces with flour. Mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Make well in center and pour in heavy cream and lemon juice. Fold everything together; do not overwork.

3

When you have what looks like shreds of dough (almost like when you are working with pie crust), pour the dough out onto a floured surface and finish kneading it there until the dough comes together and forms a smooth ball. Pat the dough out into a rectangle and using a bench knife, cut the rectangle in half so that you have two squares. Cut each square in half, then cut down the middle of the rectangle so that you now have eight squares. Cut each square on the diagonal to get 16 triangles.

4

Using the bench knife, transfer each wedge to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure there is an inch or two separating each wedge. Brush the tops of the scones with heavy cream. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired.

5

Bake the scones for 12-17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Allow scones to cool completely before brushing with glaze.

6

To make the glaze, stir together the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add water or milk 1 tsp at a time and continue stirring until desired consistency. Brush the glaze onto the cooled scones.

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

I know that finishing the dough on a floured surface does add one step to the usual scone method, but this extra step helps me very much not to overwork the dough. It usually only takes 5-10 kneads before the dough comes together, smooths out, and forms a ball.

Also, baking time is very important! 2-3 minutes makes a big difference between a moist scone and a dry scone! Once the scones are golden on the edges and still pale on top, they only need about 2 more minutes to be perfect. There is also the burnt scone! Which I have done before.


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