Source: Family Fun Magazine "Light and lemony, these biscuit-like cakes will make a refreshing addition to any Easter brunch menu. Plus, they're a fun and easy pastry for kids to help prepare, particularly when it comes time to pat and slice the dough and drizzle on the glaze."
- 2 cups flour
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 lemon, zest of, finely grated
- 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, plus a little for brushing
- 1 egg yolk, beaten slightly
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- Heat the oven to 400°F
- Grease a large, heavy baking sheet (preferably not a dark one) and set it aside.
- Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the lemon zest and toss the mixture with your hands.
- Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
- Pour in the cream, the yolk, and the vanilla extract and use a fork to blend the liquids within the well.
- Then use a wooden spoon to combine all the ingredients, just until the dough holds together.
- Scrape the dough onto a flour-dusted surface and then, using floured hands, knead it gently three or four times to form a ball.
- Flatten the ball into a disk about 3/4-inch thick, then cut it as you would a pie into 8 wedges.
- Transfer the pieces to the baking sheet, leaving at least 1/4 inch between them.
- Brush the tops lightly with cream.
- Bake the scones in the center of the oven until golden brown, about 16 to 18 minutes.
- Allow them to cool on the sheet for a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack.
- While the scones continue to cool, make the glaze.
- Combine all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk them until the mixture is smooth.
- If necessary, you can thin the glaze with water, stirring in no more than 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
- When the scones have cooled for another 10 minutes, drizzle each one generously with glaze.