Here I am using a modification of the Milk Street recipe from Tandem Bakery’’s Briana Holt. These scones are not very sweet.
- 227 grams (1 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 33 grams (2 1/2 tablespoons) white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt (1/2 teaspoons table salt)
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup cold buttermilk
- 1/8 cup lemon juice
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled (75 grams)
- 2 tablespoons of grated lemon peel
- 1 egg, beaten (optional)
- Heat the oven to 375°F with rack in the middle of the oven position. Line 1 rimmed baking sheets with kitchen parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, poppy seeds and salt.
- In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk with the lemon juice and lemon peel.
- To a food processor, add about ½ of the flour mixture and scatter the butter over the top. Pulse until the butter is in large pea-sized pieces, 10 to 12 pulses. Transfer to the bowl with the remaining flour mixture.
- To the bowl of flour, pour in about ⅓ of the buttermilk mixture and toss just a few times with your hands, making sure to scrape along the bottom of the bowl, until the liquid is absorbed.
- Add the remaining buttermilk in 2 more additions, tossing after each. After the final addition of buttermilk, toss until no dry, floury bits remain. The mixture will be quite crumbly and will not form a cohesive dough.
- Lightly dust the counter with flour, turn the mixture out onto it, then give it a final toss. Gather it into a mound and briefly knead. It’s fine if the mixture is still somewhat crumbly.
- Gather the mound into a ball, then press firmly into a cohesive 5-inch disk about 1½ inches thick.
- Optional: Brush the tops of the disk lightly with beaten egg.
- Using a chef’s knife, (or bench scrapper) cut the disk in half, then cut each half into 3 wedges. Place 6 wedges on the prepared baking sheet, spaced evenly apart.
- Bake until the scones are deep golden brown, 27 to 30 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through. If using a convection oven, you don’t need to rotate.
- Cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer directly to a rack and cool for at least another 5 minutes.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
These are delicious hot as well. If you can find clotted cream, it is amazing with the scones.
If you don’t have a food processor, then scatter the butter over the the entire flour mixture and cut it in with a pastry cutter or fork. The butter should be pea sized.
Do not use frozen butter. It doesn’t work very well.