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Lemon Scones


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Lemon scones is an amazing treat for any time of the day, scones for breakfast, brunch, late-night snack bring it on. I could eat this all day!

image of triangle big and fluffy triangle scones with lemon drizzle

I never want to go into the argument that comes with how to eat scones, especially among Brits, should the cream come before the jam or the jam before cream. There is a saying where I come from that no matter how you tie a wrapper around yourself, all is well so far you are not naked.

It is amazingly unbelievable how easy scones recipe is.  In fact super amazing when you add something as little as lemon zest and juice to the recipe, that just takes it up to a 100. You know me and how I like quick recipes, lemon scones is one of the tasty brunches you can whip up in 30 minutes. It is that quick and not forgetting how tasty they are too.

These lemon scones are big and fluffy, they are very easy to make as I mentioned earlier. Honestly, this recipe is great and safe, and you can bake along with your children too. I had help from my daughter at making these scones and she was very happy ‘baking with mummy’. It was cool in her words and actually, there is nothing stopping us for starting them young. She is 6 by the way going on 7.


Self-raising flour




lemon zest

lemon juice

How to make lemon scones

Preheat the oven at 200C/390F or 180C/350F (fan oven).

This is a 3 steps recipe, first you mix the ingredients to form a dough

lightly knead the dough and cut into desired shapes

lastly, bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until scones are risen and golden brown.

Now make yourself a delicious cup of tea or coffee and indulge with some scones and vanilla coffee creamer

a close shot of lemon scone with a rind of lemon as garnish

Can I make it plain, I don’t like lemon?

Absolutely, just omit the addition of lemon juice and zest and you would still get some great fluffy scones

Tips to making the best lemon scones

Don’t overwork the mix or you end up with tough scones

You can make scones into any shape you like but a classic scone is round. Now don’t ask me how I have made mine this way (covering face) I thought to make it this shape so I can achieve good photos for you.

Depending on the quantity you are working with, you only need about 5 minutes max from mixing to cutting up.

Use cold butter for optimum result.

You can add sugar to this recipe but it is not necessary since you would likely be eating it with jam

Above all scones are easy to make and I can’t scream it enough.

ingredients in bowls, it includes flour, butter,lemon, milk and lemon zest

a close shot of triangular scone with a rind of lemon as garnish
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Lemon Scones

Lemon scones is an amazing treat for any time of the day, lemon scones for breakfast, brunch, late night snack bring it on. I could eat this all day!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: British
Keyword: how to make scones, lemon scones, scones
Servings: 8
Author: Ajoke| My Active Kitchen


  • 400 g self-raisin flour
  • 70 g full fat cold butter
  • 150 ml full fat milk
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp table salt


  • Preheat the oven at 200C/390F or 180C/350F
    (fan oven).
  • Add the flour, salt and butter to a bowl, rub the butter into the flour with your fingers till it resembles breadcrumbs.
    Add lemon zest and gently mix to combine
    Add milk and lemon juice to the flour-mix and gently combine without over working the mix
  • Turn the dough to a lightly floured work surface and smoothen it up (knead for about 30 seconds but don’t be heavy handed doing this)
    Form a disk with the dough and about 1 inch high, cut the dough into equal triangles.
  • Transfer the dough to a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the scones are risen and golden.
    Take the scones out of the oven and leave to cool
  • Scones can be eaten with whipped cream and of course jam. If you would rather have the a glaze, use ½ cup of icing sugar to 1 table spoon of lemon juice and a bit of vanilla extract, mix it up and use as desired.

 a dollop of cream and jam

There you have it lovelies, delicious lemon scones!

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  1. There is no oven temp listed for the lemon scones. Could you provide one please? I can’t wait to try these. Thanks Shelly

    • Hi Shelly, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I can’t believe I left out that vital info since I posted the recipe. I have updated the recipe accordingly and I can’t wait to hear all about it when you make these delicious lemon scones.

  2. Would all-purpose flour work for this recipe?

    • Hi Funmi, I should think so. If you would be using all purpose flour, I would suggest you add some baking powder. Thanks

  3. 5 stars
    Please, what is full-fat butter? is it just regular butter? also, is full-fat milk the same as skimmed milk? Lastly, can canned evaporated milk be used in this recipe?

    • Hi Funmi, you don’t use light or weight watches butter, when you check the ingredients, fat content should be about 70% +. Also you can use evaporated milk for the recipe


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