Strawberry Lemon Scones

This is my go-to scone recipe. Until our recent kitchen renovation, this recipe was taped into the cupboard door where I could have quick access to it. I made it so often over the years whenever we needed a pick-me-up during a long, tedious school day.
I still recall all of my children sitting on our old, long Queen Anne’s couch watching an old version of The Railway Children with a table of tea and these scones spread before them.
This recipe is a “base recipe” and can be adapted for whatever fruit is in season: a generous handful of cut strawberries, wild blueberries, or juicy peaches.
I copied the recipe out in watercolor for a friend and thought I’d share it with you here.

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~Old Fashioned Scones~
2 cups flour
3 T. sugar
2 t. baking powder
Pinch of salt
6 T. shortening
1/2 cup milk
whatever “add-ins” you want, about a cup’s worth total: strawberry slices, blueberries, peach, Craisins, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. You can add a teaspoon of lemon or orange zest as well.

My favorite variations: lemon zest and strawberry, lemon zest and blueberry, white chocolate chips with chopped Craisin and a few crushed walnuts.
Preheat oven to 400. Sift dry ingredients. Cut in shortening. Stir in milk and form a ball that just holds together. Press in your “add ins”. ┬áPress into a 1/2″ circle shape on an ungreased cookie sheet. Cut into 8 wedges. Brush with egg. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly browned.

Though these are sprinkled with sugar, you can also add a glaze made of powdered sugar and lemon juice or water if you like, as well.

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Enjoy.

8 comments

  1. Karen Todd says:

    What a beautiful recipe card! Sarah that’s beautiful! Are you practicing your calligraphy like Rebecca? Her work is gorgeous!

    • Sarah Beals says:

      Thank you!! I love using a dip pen, which is what I used for this piece, but, no, I just write cursive with it. Rebekah is so talented with Spencerian calligraphy. She’s the pro! :)

  2. Kim says:

    Can’t wait to make these!

    • Sarah Beals says:

      They are SO good. When I make strawberry/lemon, I always use the powdered sugar and lemon juice drizzle on top. It looks so pretty.

  3. CynD says:

    Sounds Oh so yummy. I am about to try this yet this morning thank you for the food and art work inspirations.

  4. Kathi says:

    I love your blog! These look wonderful and I can’t wait to try them! I do have one question, which I have wondered about with other scone recipes. When you cut the circle into wedges, do you separate the wedges before baking? It doesn’t say to, but I wondered if they would get done if you left them together in a circle. Thanks.

    • Sarah Beals says:

      Hello! Yes, I cut them through in wedges but I don’t separate them. I cut them when they are done baking. This is the lazy way to do it!! Haha