An English Tea with a Lemon Scone Recipe

Doesn’t it look like Spring in the picture below?? We went to the flower market and bought some fresh flowers. January is so blah outside.  After arranging the flowers in the tulipiere, my Mom and I sat down and have a lovely Afternoon Tea like the Brits! Tea time certainly raises the mood on a blustery, wet ,and dreary day.

 I like the ombre look this arrangement. Dark pink tulips on the bottom, light pink tulips in the middle, and white tuberose on top. The tuberose smells heavenly.

Now, onto the simple scone recipe. It was really easy to make. Took me less than an hour from start to finish. 

Now, I initially wanted to make these scones from Simply Suzanne’s, but I didn’t have vanilla beans. But you know what I have? LEMONS. Lemons are coming out of my ears over here. We have so many Meyer lemon trees it borders on ridiculous. (I like the look of a lemon tree surrounded by lavender in the garden). So I added some lemon zest and made a lemon glaze to the simple cream scone recipe.

Lemon Scone Recipe


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into little chunks and chilled
  • 1 cup heavy cream (slightly less than 1 cup)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon ** note: measure it out in a measuring cup so you know how much liquid you added!


  1. Preheat oven to 450F. (I actually did it on 425 on convection bake)
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together.
  3. Add the zest of one lemon and the lemon juice and pulse, about 3 times total.
  4. Scatter the butter on top of the flour mixture, then pulse together until it looks like coarse meal, about 12 pulses. (Or you can always cut the butter in with a pastry cutter, fork, small knife or even your hand!
  5. Now for measuring the cream… remember you measured the juice of 1 lemon? Now subtract the amount of juice of lemon from 1 cup and then add that amount of cream to the scone. For example, my lemon made 1/8 cup of juice, so I added 7/8 cup cream. I don’t have an exact number of how much cream to add because every lemon is a different size.Or if that’s too hard just add 1 cup of cream. Ok, stir the cream into the flour mixture.
  6. Now, put the mixture of the dough onto a floured counter surface and knead together until a slightly sticky ball forms, only about10 seconds. You do not want to over work the dough. Some large chunks of butter are okay.
  7. Pat the dough into a circle that’s about 9 inches, then slice into 8 wedges.
  8. Transfer the wedges to a baking sheet lined with Silpat or parchment paper.
  9. Bake until the the tops of the scones are lightly golden brown, approximately 12-15 minutes.
  10. Transfer to the wire rack and let cool at least 10 minutes before enjoying!

Lemon Glaze Recipe

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon 
  • 3-4 tsp of water, lemon juice, or milk

Mix together all of the ingredients in the glaze, adding more sugar or less liquid depending on how thick it is. Spread it on the scones.

The tea we enjoyed was purchased on our trip to Paris. It is Laduree’s House tea and it is really nice.  I wrote about my trip to the Laduree Tea Room here.

One last look at our nice little afternoon tea. We certainly felt British with the rain pouring outside today!

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  1. January 14, 2016 / 8:04 am

    Quite literally, I gasped when your page opened up! It's beautiful and of course I'm digging the peony background.

    Tuberose is one of my favorite scents! Unfortunately, I don't think we even have those up here in Alaska. Have you ever used Laura Ashleys lotions in peony or tuberose? They can be rather difficult to find. On occasion, I have found them at stores like TJ Maxx and Tuesday morning. They are the perfect scent for year round, but especially so during the summer months. Another one that I really like is Nougat London- Tuberose & Jasmine. I'll be honest, it is quite pricey in spas and boutiques, but it can be found at Tuesday Morning too. There is a hand polish that works beautifully. That just means it's an exfoliating scrub. LOL. Then there is a peony, aka pivoine, perfume and a wee bottle of roll on perfume for travel that smells so beautiful and light. If you love those scents, as I'm most certain you probably do, I highly recommend those three brands.

    I noticed the harlequin tray and teapot, too. That pattern is one of my favorites! Is it a MacKenzie Childs tray? Huge fan, but don't own one single piece of that artwork.

    Your tablescape is gorgeous, though! I love the contrast between the light and dark colors. I'm going to subscribe to follow you through email and Instagram. I'd love to follow you on Facebook if you have a business or fan page.

    Thank you for linking up with Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I'm so glad you came by and left a comment for me too.

    • January 14, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      Oh, thank you! I just redesigned the blog for the year. I always have peonies in the background (except for Fall and Christmas) but redesigned the header for the year. I will be looking out for those peony and tuberose scents! The tuberose here unfortunately pretty much wilted after the second day… BUT the scent stayed around all week (They cost a pretty penny, I wasn't about to just *toss* them after 2 days!).
      The black and white check tray and teapot are indeed Mackenzie Childs! Husband bought the tray for me at a clearance sale one day… then naturally I had to get a teapot for it! (And I didn't have a teapot!) I own a few pieces of MK… I mainly by them at one of their sales or on eBay.
      I don't have a Facebook page, but I do have bloglovin', google plus, pinterest, twitter, and instagram. I can just barely manage all of those social media sites, another one might just make me throw the towel in!

  2. January 14, 2016 / 8:06 am

    I have you on Bloglovin too.

  3. January 14, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    Very pretty! Will have to try your lemon scone recipe!

  4. January 18, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    As a MC fan, I was drawn to your post thru FF. I love the tea pot!! Your centerpiece is so unique- I imagine it is lots of fun to decorate with fresh flowers, especially in the warmer weather! Enjoy your tea – I am having a cup on this snowy afternoon – I can barely see across the street in this white out!!

    • January 19, 2016 / 7:48 pm

      I love picking garden roses and putting them in the tulipiere! The shorter garden rose stems fit really well in it! I can't believe it's snowing… I haven't been in the snow in 4 years… And I don't miss it!

  5. January 22, 2016 / 12:20 am

    Love MC, love lemons, love scones, love your flower frog tower (tulipiere) – what's not to love on this post?? May I ask your source for the tulipiere?
    Rita C at Panoply