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Lemon Poppyseed Scones

Lemon Poppyseed Scones – A delicious baked treat perfect for breakfast with tea! A classic scones with fresh lemon juice and poppyseeds!

Lemon Poppyseed Scones

Lemon Poppyseed Scones

So if you haven’t noticed, I’m a little scone obsessed.  It really feels like I make scones at least once every few weeks, I just love how easy they are to whip up and how customizable they with so many different flavor combinations or even just plain scones with a bit of jam!

Since I got back from England last night, I’ve been craving more scones and decided that these lemon poppyseed scones would be perfect! This is just a classic scone recipe with fresh lemon juice and poppyseeds right in the batter and then topped with lemon icing.  It’s basically scone perfection.

How to make scones

Tips and tricks on how to make scones

What can you put in scones?

Scones are really customizable, you can add blueberries, cheese, chocolate chips, dried berries, sliced almonds, etc.  This recipe uses poppyseeds and fresh lemon juice in it.

What do you put on a scone?

Clotted cream is a British favorite but jam, jelly, or butter and great on top also.

Do I need to warm scones?

Yes, they are best served warm either right out of the oven or heated up in the oven a little later.

How long can you keep scones?

They are best if eaten immediately but you can keep for about 1-2 days if you cover them with foil or plastic wrap.  If you are not eating them immediately, then just put the icing on right before you eat them.  The icing will last if you make it ahead of time but the scones do not save well with the icing on top, they will get soggy.

Can you freeze baked scones?

Yes, let the scones completely cool before putting them in a ziploc bag.  Close the bag up and then place in the freezer.  When you are ready to pull eat the scones, let them defrost for at least two hours before placing them in the oven to warm up for 10 minutes at 300 degrees or in a toaster oven on warm for 5-10 minutes.  For these scones, do not put the icing on until you are ready to eat them.  You cannot freeze them with the icing on them.

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Lemon Scones

Yield: 8 scones

Lemon Poppyseed Scones

Lemon Poppyseed Scones

Lemon Poppyseed Scones - A delicious baked treat perfect for breakfast with tea! A classic scones with fresh lemon juice and poppyseeds!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Lemon Poppyseed Scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup milk, cold
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons poppyseeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon

Lemon Icing

  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Lemon Poppyseed Scones

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and butter. Using a pastry cuter or two knives, cut in the butter until pea-sized crumbs form.
  3. Add in milk, egg, poppyseeds, and lemon juice. Mix until dough comes together.
  4. Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and form the dough into a circle that is 1" thick. Use a pizza cutter or knife to slice the dough into 8 wedges. Transfer to baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until edges are golden.

Lemon Icing

  1. Combine confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a bowl until well combined and thick enough to drizzle but not overly runny.  If it is too thick, add in an additional 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.


  1. Let scones cool and then drizzle lemon icing on top.  Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g

This nutritional information can vary depending on the specific products you choose so this is a general guess of the correct nutritional information based on the products I used. Please keep that in mind when making the recipe.

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Sunday 23rd of May 2021

You mention adding salt but it is not listed in the ingredients for how much


Thursday 29th of April 2021

In the directions is says to add salt to flour and sugar mixture, however no salt in listed on the ingredient list. How much salt is needed?


Saturday 23rd of May 2020

Great recipe, but a few notes on errors. You mention salt in step 2, but it’s not listed in the ingredient list. Also, you call for lemon zest and then never mention it in the recipe steps.


Sunday 10th of May 2020

A half-teaspoon of salt is about right if using unsalted butter. I assume to add the zest in with the wet ingredients. It is not the mark of a good recipe to have missing information.


Wednesday 6th of May 2020

How much salt do you add? Instructions say add salt but not listed in ingredients

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