These lemon glazed Earl Grey Scones are a deliciously different way to enjoy your tea. They are also a perfect addition to Mother's Day breakfast or brunch.
What Exactly is a Scone?
A scone is a baking powder leavened quick bread, which is cut into shapes before baking. Scones originated in Scotland and are popular there and in the UK as a tea time treat, often spread with jam and clotted cream.
In North America, the scone is usually larger, denser, and sweeter. They can be a vehicle for all kinds of add-ins, like the berries in these Blueberry Scones or dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, and endless varieties of flavours. These Lavender Scones are one delicious example. They are often iced or glazed, and they are usually just eaten as they are, without jam or cream.
Scones can also be savoury, with cheese, herbs, ham, or vegetable additions.
Check out this fun article to find out more about the differences between American vs British scones.
What's the Difference Between a Biscuit and a Scone?
The method to make scones and biscuits are the same. Cutting cold butter into the dry ingredients, which include flour, baking powder and salt. Then adding enough just enough liquid, usually milk, or buttermilk, to form a soft dough. The dough is then briefly kneaded and cut into shapes, before baking.
The basic ingredients for making biscuits and scones are almost exactly the same, with the exception of eggs. Scones have eggs, added along with the liquid, while biscuits do not.
Tips For Perfect Scones
Although the basic method for making scones is very simple, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, make sure that your butter, eggs, and milk are cold. The butter should melt in the oven, and not during the mixing process. This will result in flakey, tender scones, which is the goal.
Secondly, for the same reason, be sure to handle the dough as little as possible. This prevents your warm hands from melting the butter.
Finally, again for the same reason, if your kitchen is warm, chill the shaped dough in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking.
A perfect scone will have a nice rise, with a crisp, golden exterior, and a tender, slightly cakey interior.
About These Earl Grey Scones
Scones and tea are naturals together, so why not bake your tea right in? Earl Grey, with its distinctive flavour, adds a delicate but delicious note to this scone recipe. And, because Earl Grey is always best with lemon, a tea-infused, lemony glaze completes the treat.
Can I Make Scones Ahead?
Scones are always best eaten freshly baked. However, they do freeze very well. There are two ways to freeze scones, baked, or unbaked.
To freeze baked scones, allow them to cool completely, then flash freeze them on a baking sheet for 30 minutes. Pack the semi-frozen scones in airtight freezer bags or containers until you are ready to use them. Remove them from their container or bags to defrost. This prevents them from getting soggy. You can also wrap the scones individually for freezing, which is a convenient option if you just want one or two.
You can also make the dough, cut it into shapes, and flash freeze on a baking sheet. Then transfer the unbaked frozen scones to a freezer bag or container. When it's time to bake the scones, put the frozen scones on a baking sheet while the oven preheats. Bake the scones from frozen, adding a couple of minutes to the baking time.
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Earl Grey Scones - Lemon Glazed
- 1 Earl Grey teabag
- 2.5 cups flour all-purpose
- 3 tablespoon Earl Grey tea approximately 6 tea bags, cut open
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 2.5 teaspoon baking powder
- 0.5 teaspoon baking soda
- 0.5 teaspoon salt
- .5 cup cold butter cubed
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg large
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Steep one Earl Grey teabag in ¼ cup of boiling water. Leave teabag in the water and set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 400° Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or dust with flour
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, tea, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
- Using a pastry blender, cut cold butter into the flour mixture until crumbly
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg
- Add buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Stir swiftly with a fork until dough comes together.
- On a lightly floured surface, lightly pat dough into a rectangle, about 9" x 6"
- Trim the edges of the rectangle to straighten, then cut the rectangle into three squares.
- Cut each square diagonally into four triangles. Transfer the triangles to the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in the center of oven 18-20 minutes until golden.
- Transfer to a rack and allow to cool
- In a bowl, combine icing sugar, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoon of the cooled, steeped tea.
- Using a spatula, spread the glaze over the cooled scones.
These were pretty good! I think tea is sort of a difficult flavor to get exactly right. I felt like the dough itself needed a bit more flavor, and I really like lemon, so if I made them again I would probably replace some of the milk with lemon juice.
Hi Kristin, I'm happy you liked the scones, and appreciate your feedback!
I'm absolutely obsessed with scon and my go-to recipe is sour cream scones. but about 2 years ago I made Earl Gray scones and I think it might have been from this recipe and they were delicious! I have the most luscious loose leaf Rose black tea.. I used my coffee grinder to grind it so it was the texture I needed for these scones and enjoyed a rose tea latte with the leftovers from the steeping for the glaze. also instead of Buttermilk I went ahead and used half sour cream half whole milk and it is so good! highly recommend as a buttermilk substitution. I have written this down on one of my recipe cards and it's going in the recipe box. thanks for a great recipe!
Hi Beth, I LOVE your sour cream sub for the buttermilk! Thank you for sharing that. And also, great idea to enjoy a latte with the leftover steeped tea. Your comment is very appreciated. Cheers!
I love Earl Grey! I just made cookies with Earl Grey glaze and I want to put it in everything lol. These scones look great! Pinned for later.
Hi Kelly, those cookies sound great! Enjoy.
I absolutely love the bergamot flavour in early grey tea and it works so good in these scones! Great tips for such a great texture, thanks!
Earl Grey tea in a scone is the perfect combo! I can't wait to make these!
Hi Terri, it really works and the lemon glaze is a must. Enjoy!
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I love how you provide tips for freezing! I have never attempted scones but will give it a whirl with your detailed steps.
Hi Cynthia, Scones are pretty easy, so I know you'll have success. Enjoy!
I would never have thought to make earl grey tea flavoured scones, but what a fantastic idea and perfect for brunch!
Hi Kristen, these are delicious and perfect for brunch. Enjoy!
love the use of earl grey! This would be make a great morning snack with my tea!
Hi Nancy, yes! Enjoy your tea. 😀
Tea and scones are the perfect pairing so this is genius to incorporate the tea directly into the scone!
Thanks, Vanessa. They are delicious, too!
Earl Grey tea is such a classic. I can just imagine how good it tastes in these scones. I haven't made scones in quite some time. You have made me decide to make these this coming weekend. Thanks!
Hi Krissy, I think you're going to love these! Enjoy.
Earl Grey Tea is my favourite. I cannot wait to add a spin to my scones recipe with Earl Grey Flavors.
Sandhya, if you love Earl Grey Tea, I know you're going to love these scones!
Earl grey is my absolute favorite tea, and I can't wait to taste that flavor in a scone! Thanks so much for sharing!
You're welcome, Jessica. Enjoy!
These earl grey scones are delicious! Love the flavoring in it and the texture was perfect!
Hi Emily, I'm so happy you enjoyed these scones!
The perfect tea time treats made with tea! It would be great for a springtime brunch too.
Hi Sharon! Absolutely, I'm making these again for Mother's Day brunch.
When do you add the steeped tea to the rest of the ingredients? Please enlighten me. Thanks
Thanks for your question. The steeped tea is for the glaze, and the instructions for that is in the recipe card. Please let me know if the instructions are unclear and I will try to clarify it better.
Was looking for a scone recipe for Mother's Day and this just may be it! We also happen to have a lot of Earl Grey tea. This is perfect!
These are perfect for Mother's Day, Joyce. Enjoy!