Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lemon Currant Cream Scones | Secret Recipe Club



Weekend mornings at our house are sometimes quite frankly lazy days.  Hubby and I work long hours all week and come the weekend, it is time to let our hair down, keep our pajamas on, sip on some freshly brewed coffee and enjoyed a handmade breakfast.  Lately I have been on a Steel Cut Oatmeal kick and can’t get enough.  The hearty flavor with a touch of brown sugar is simply love in a bowl.  Albeit, the time (almost 30 minutes) one must put into coking this bowl of love, it is very much worth the time for tasty and healthy reasons.

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On the polar opposite side of the scale is the ever popular scone.  It is rich with butter, flour, sugar and cream – oh and some sort of fruity addition.  Knowing that the Secret Recipe Club reveal was a week away, I jumped on my computer to search Cinnamon Freud’s website since I was matched up with Karen’s Blog for February.  Karen is graduate doctoral student who is studying Counseling Psychology but also loves food, cooking and baking.  I can completely understand that having an outlet to relax during studies is probably simple perfection.  She wanted to eat healthier so she explored food blogs and food TV then created Cinnamon Freud.  After searching her site over and over again, I kept coming back to the Classic Cream Scones.



Oh by the way, if you want to join in the fun or simply check out The Secret Recipe Club, simply click here.  As with each month of Secret Recipe Club, the most fun part is searching for a recipe that resonates with me and putting my simple spin on the recipe. And seeing on reveal day, who had my blog and what they selected.  Since my lemon tree is currently abundant with lemons, I knew I needed to infuse these classic scones with fresh lemon zest and serve with creamy lemon curb. These lemony delights were the perfect weekend morning nosh.


Lemon Currant Cream Scones

Makes 8 Scones

2 Cups Flour
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
5 Tablespoons Cold Butter, Cut into pieces
2/3 Cup Currants
Zest of 1 Lemon
1 Cup Heavy Cream
Turbinado or Demerara Sugar*

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.  Stir to combine.  Add the chopped chilled butter and blend into the flour mixture with your hands.  Break down each cube with your fingers and work quickly until pea sized pieces remain.  Add the currents and lemon zest and stir to coat.  Add the heavy cream and stir or use your hands to form a soft ball.

Transfer to a non-stick cookie sheet and form a 9 inch circle about 1 inch thick.  Use a sharp knife to cut into eight pieces.  Cut in half then half the other way and repeat on the diagonal until eight wedges are present.  Brush lightly the top with the heavy cream and sprinkle the turbinado or demerara sugar on top.  You can use regular sugar if desired.  Cook for about 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.  Let cool for 10 minutes and then serve with lemon curd or your favorite jam.



   
   


38 comments:

  1. I would love to wake up to these scones, the lemons and currants are such a delicious pairing!

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    1. They were a complete hit at my house and the neighbors! A must make again.

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  2. I have yet to make scones! These totally would be the ones though, I love lemon and these sound awesome!

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    1. Debbie - this is a simple and tasty recipe for you to make your first batch of scones.

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  3. I took my mom to tea last week for her birthday and fell in love with scones and lemon curd all over again - these look divine!

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    1. We just took my Mom to tea in the city (San Francisco) two weekends ago to her favorite spot - Lovejoy's!

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  4. You guys had a good selection this month. I didn't get my relaxing in this morning, so I'm sitting here this morning like a slug drooling over recipes. He he. Still waiting patiently for those biscuits, but I'd take a scone for sure.
    -Gina-

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    1. Believe it or not, I have made the biscuits and photographed them - just need to post soon - hopefully in the next week or so.

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  5. What a great baked good, Lisa!!! These lemon scones look fantastic.

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  6. It's wonderful to have a day or two to relax and you certainly deserve it Lisa as hard as you work at your job and then blog (beautifully) on top of it! These scones look amazing but don't be surprised if there's a knock on your door some Saturday morning. Now I know the kind of stuff you're serving! :)

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  7. Do you ship to my house? haha! These look soooo gooooood!

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    1. I would however they would not be as good a few days later. Let me know if you make them - you won't be disappointed!

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  8. i love the sound of these scones! delicious!

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  9. Those scones look fantastic...maybe not has healthy as your oatmeal, but worth the sacrifice, right? :)

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  10. Excellent choice with these scones- they seem just like a normal breakfast food but I love them so much! Great idea to add lemon. Glad you liked them! :)

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    1. Thanks for having so many wonderful things to choose from on your site! These will be made again really soon!

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  11. What beautiful photos and such a fabulous SRC pick, I love lemon curd too, and always make some every year! Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen for the kind words! I have yet to make homemade lemon curd, but on my cooking bucket list!

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  12. mmmmmm..yummy, yummy, they look so fluufy and stunish delicious, got to try this :D

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  13. Lisa, I feel as though I could have written this! Oats on weekdays, scones (or other treat) on weekends. I'm so glad you are putting your lemons to good use, I wish I had a lemon tree! These scones look divine!

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    1. You made me LOL that you could have written this post. I have tons of lemons - if you need some, just pop on over. Have a great week!

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  14. I love, love lemon. Really love all things lemony. And I adore scones...I have to make these I have a jar of Meyer Lemon curd waiting for them!

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    1. Trust me - you won't be disappointed! Let me know how you like them if you make them.

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  15. My mom used to make scones all the time for her catering business, since she was hired for a lot of teas and afternoon parties. These are bringing me right back to my childhood since we always got to sample the leftovers... YUM

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    1. Glad I could transport you back. Smile. I too love attending a high tea - there is just something so traditional about it and regal. Hope you have a great week!

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  16. Lisa, lazy weekend morning are the best! I often stay in my jammies until well after noon and I love the indulgence.
    Speaking on indulgence... your scones look amazing! Flaky, buttery... just right. And your love of lemons always speaks to me.
    Have a great week Lisa!
    xoxo
    E

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    1. Love that you like the lazy days too! These were pretty darn good scones - the lemon just put it at another level. Hope you are doing well!

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  17. I am a scone freak. I love scones. Always happy to find a new one. And these look fantastic. I just happen to have fresh lemon juice squirreled away for just an occasion like this. YUM!! With Lemon Curd! Double YUM!!

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    1. Me too! You will love these. My husband was in love with them.

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  18. Oh, just what I need on this lazy Saturday afternoon! It's been too long since I last enjoyed something lemony.

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  19. Beautiful scones! Wish I had some with my tea right now! They look wonderful!

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