Spring started today. We can actually see it here in Tennessee. It was a nice sunny day and the temperature was pretty great, like 59 degrees.
So to celebrate Spring's arrival, I made these Lemon Ginger Scones. Lemon screams springtime to me, so I couldn't resist this recipe I saw on Joy of Baking. Plus, I had some crystallized ginger in my pantry. I found it at Trader Joe's pretty cheap and I was really wanting to use it.
I like these scones. I like the bits of sweet, yet spicy ginger throughout and they are not too sweet, so the sweet lemon glaze is perfect on them. My rule: Scones should always be glazed. ALWAYS!! :)
Lemon Ginger Scones
Recipe from Joyof Baking.com
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, unsalted and cold, cut into cubes
1/2 cup crystallized ginger, chopped into small pieces
Zest of a large lemon
2/3 cup cold buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry blender, or two knifes, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it looks like coarse crumbs. Then, stir in the ginger pieces and the lemon zest. Add the buttermilk to the flour mixture and stir until all the dough comes together. Try not to over mix the dough.
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough together about four or five times. Do this gently. Then pat the dough into a circle, about 7 inches round and 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut the circle in half, the cut each half into 4 pie-shaped wedges. Place the scones on a baking sheet and brush the tops with some cream. (I used half and half).
Bake at 400 degrees for around 20-23 minutes or until nice and golden brown. Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool. I let them cool completely before I glaze them with the lemon glaze.
For the Lemon Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T. fresh lemon juice
Mix both ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. Drizzle over cool scones.