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Lemon-Cream Scones with Candied Ginger

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Yield: Makes 8 scones.

Lemony and lovely, these rich scones are a welcome addition to any holiday breakfast or brunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2/3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons minced candied ginger
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • extra cream for the glaze

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly butter a large baking sheet. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, and zest. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. In a separate bowl, combine the cream, lemon juice, and lemon extract and stir this mixture into the dry ingredients until a soft dough forms. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead twice with floured hands. Place the dough in the center of the greased baking sheet and flatten into an 8-inch circle.
Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 wedges. Separate the pieces slightly. Lightly brush the surface of the dough with cream. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Cut the wedges apart. Transfer to a cloth-lined basket and serve at once.
Updated Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
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