Lemon-ginger scones

Lemony goodness

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This dessert is delightful but not overly sweet. Consider serving it with breakfast or at brunch. The lemony flavor is like a burst of sunshine!

Lemon-ginger scones

Yields 8

Somewhere between a muffin, bread and cake, scones are tasty treats that work well even without icing (but they also taste great with fruit jam spread on them). If you want to change the ingredients up a bit add almonds or walnuts -- or swap the ginger for cinnamon or nutmeg. These are perfect with coffee, tea or a big glass of milk.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (6 ounce) container of lemon yogurt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a baking sheet with the nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Blend together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix in the ginger and lemon zest.
  3. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter into the flour mixture until it's crumbly.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the egg and yogurt. Gradually stir this into the flour mixture until it's well blended.
  5. Lightly flour a work surface and lightly knead the dough, pressing and folding it several times. Pat it into a disk that's about 6 inches in diameter.
  6. Cut the disk into eight wedges and place on the baking sheet so there is about 2 inches between each.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the scones are golden. When you take them from the oven, carefully move them to a wire rack to cool.

Scones are a great dessert whether you're hosting an afternoon tea or looking for a treat to go with your morning coffee.

Fruit-inspired desserts to try

Lime bars
Almond cupcakes with orange frosting
Raspberry-almond tassies

Patricia Conte is an independent writer with more than 20 years of professional experience. She credits her love of cooking, baking, entertaining and eating to her Italian immigrant family who is also passionate about all things food! You can follow her on Twitter, or visit her food blog, Grab a Plate, where she shares her love of food, recipes and bites in between.