Lemon Poppyseed Scones

Lemon Poppyseed Scones
I love the flavor of lemon. I mean I really really love it. I have always had a love affair for all things citrus.


Yield: 8 Scones

One of the major pitfalls of most scone recipes is a final product that is too dry and “tough.” This recipe includes plenty of liquids to keep the scones moist, however the “toughness” is often a result of over-handling the dough.

When handling the dough, it is important not to overwork the ingredients. Combine the ingredients just to combine them. Do not stress over creating a dough that is smooth and uniform, scone dough should be “just barely together.” The less you fuss with the dough, the better.

Finally, an egg wash is necessary for scones with a slight shine. As the scones bake, this light wash helps to develop golden brown color across the top. Adding a small amount of oil to the wash will leave a light, attractive shine on top.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
3 lemons, zested
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, small dice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 eggs


1 egg
1/8 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon oil

Lemon Poppyseed Scones CloseupDIRECTIONS

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, poppy seeds, lemon zest, and salt in a bowl. Cut in the butter using a fork until it is well-distributed throughout the dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the lemon juice, heavy cream, and eggs. Mix to combine, the pour into the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix the dry and wet ingredients just to combine them. Do not overwork the dough.
  4. Split the dough into two equal parts. Shape each half into a loose ball, then gently press down on each to form two, flattened, thick circles. Cut each circle into quarters.
  5. Combine the egg wash ingredients and whisk vigorously to combine. Lightly brush over each circle of scone dough.
  6. Top with fresh lemon curd.


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Indulge in this amazing Lemon Curd Trifle.

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14 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. Anna Pry

    i love scones, there are so many tasty varieties to try, the lemon curd will make a nice addition!

  2. Sherrie C.

    That looks delicious! It’s been a while since I’ve had scones and I do love Lemon so this is going on my ‘must make soon’ list. Pinning this now 🙂

  3. Sarah L

    I stopped trying scones because I thought they were too tough and dry. Your instructions are clear about fixing that. And topping them with the lemon curd would help too.

  4. They look super scrumptious. I love lemon treats!!!

  5. Katy

    Like you, I’m a huge lemon fan. Actually, fan may be too light of a word. These look amazing! I’ve bookmarked this to come back this weekend!

  6. Robin Wilson

    I think the lemon curd makes this over the top yummy. Love scones but have never attempted to make them. But I have started baking a lot more so my confidence level is up enough to try this!

  7. Anne

    As many times as I’ve made an egg wash for scones, biscuits, or pie crusts, I’ve never added oil to it. I’m definitely going to try that the next time, and the next time might even be these scones. Where I live, lemons are pretty expensive, so baking with them is always a special treat. Thanks for the recipe and the oil-in-the-egg-wash tip.

  8. Those look wonderful. I rarely make scones, but have had a hankering to do so lately.

  9. Cynthia R

    Yum, I just adore scones, its something about that texture that always gets me.

  10. Michelle Spayde

    I love scones, and while I don’t like to bake, these look so delicious that I just might have to make them. I pinned the recipe!

  11. Birdiebee

    Wow, these look so delicious. I love scones, I love poppyseeds and I love lemon so this would be the perfect treat for me. Thank you for the great recipe.

  12. I love scones, and the drizzles makes these even more appealing

  13. M.Clark

    These scones look delicious. Some people don’t like scones, but I like them. I’ve never made scones before but I’d love to give these a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  14. Hey Stacie, This is very new for me, The recipe is new and it looks tasty and healthy, I will try it, thanks for sharing it.

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