Lemon Nutmeg Scones
When my oldest daughter was in Girl Scouts, we attended a Christmas mother-daughter tea, in Sugar Land, Texas, at the Sweetwater Country Club, a posh and grandiose place with waiters and white tablecloths. We dressed up, took homemade strawberry shortcake to the event, and thoroughly enjoyed making polite conversation while sipping a cup of tea with our pinkie fingers extended.
We took away from that tea more than good memories and mother/daughter bonding. We also took away a recipe my family has treasured ever since: scones made with lemon yogurt and nutmeg, sprinkled with sugar. They were amazing, and best of all, the mother had made copies of the recipe for us to take.
Now I pass it on to you!
Lemon Nutmeg Scones
1 ¾ cups flour (I do half all-purpose and half wheat)
¼ cups cornstarch
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. nutmeg
6 tbsp. margarine
8-oz. carton lemon yogurt
1 tsp. lemon peel
1/3 cup golden raisins
4 ½ tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
Combine first four ingredients, blending well. Cut in margarine with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbles.
Combine ½ cup yogurt, lemon peel, raisins, and eggs; add to dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.
On a greased cookie sheet, press dough into a 9-inch circle, ¾ inch think.
Combine sugar and 1/8 tsp nutmeg and sprinkle evenly over dough.
Using a knife or dough scraper coated in Pam cooking or baking spray, cut dough into 12 wedges and slide them apart so the wedges are 1 inch from each other. You could use a scone pan, but I never have. I’d love to know if it makes the process easier. Anyone know?)
Bake at 450 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes.
Combine remaining yogurt with cream cheese and serve with warm scones.
As with all my recipes, there’s definite wiggle room. I admit I added the lemon peel to the recipe because I love, love, love extra lemony goodness. If you’re not a fan of the tart taste, take it out! You could substitute blueberries or currents or cranberries for the raisins, or serve them plain (I do.) I never make the cream cheese dip — that would be gilding the lily.
Of course, this is supposed to be a food and wine pairing. But as much as I love wine, I find it’s not much of a breakfast food (mimosas excepted). Instead, let’s talk tea. These scones go well with English breakfast tea, or Republic of Tea’s Ginger-Peach tea. Best of all is a good, hearty Earl Grey.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends and food, and may your scones always remain crisp and tart.