Lemon and Cranberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

  • For the scones
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup semi-skimmed milk, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 375F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the lemon zest. Cut in the butter until the mixture is rough and crumbly but still small pieces of butter are visible.

In a separate bowl, whisk the cream, milk, egg and vanilla together. Add this to the flour mixture and stir to just bring the dough together, turning out onto a work surface to complete bringing it together with your hands. Flatten the dough out and press the cranberries into the dough, folding it over and flattening it out a few times to incorporate the cranberries.

Shape the dough into a disc about 10-inches across. Cut the disc into 8 wedges and place them on the prepared baking tray, leaving a few inches between them. Brush the scones with a little milk and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the scones are lightly browned on top. Cool completely before glazing.

For the glaze, whisk the icing sugar and lemon juice together and drizzle over the scones using the whisk or a fork. Let the glaze set for an hour before serving.

The scones are best enjoyed the day they are baked.

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