Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

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Blueberry scones with lemon glaze are the perfect healthier morning pastry. Each crumbly scone is packed with ripe fruit and yogurt.

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

As cooking buddies, I have a secret obsession that I feel like I need to share with you. It’s no surprise that I have a sweet tooth, so I certainly do my best to balance those occasional indulgences with healthy meals and exercise. Moderation is key right? However, if you are like me, it’s hard to resist freshly baked SCONES. Those lightly sweetened fancy cousins to biscuits. It has to be those crunchy edges and crumbly centers that have got me hooked.

There is a lovely organic coffee shop walking distance from our home, on weekends, I sometimes grab a cup of chai latte and a pastry. They have the most incredible scones! I wanted to recreate my two favorite flavors together with a healthy twist. If I’m going to bake, I like to add some whole grains to the mix.

bowl of blueberries next to sliced lemon wedges

Gorgeous plump blueberries. You really can’t ask for anything more spectacular than mother nature’s edible gifts! I am hooked on anything blueberry. I like to throw a handful into my morning smoothie or to top on healthy oat pancakes.

Creating the dough for scones is crucial to the crisp exterior and tender crumb. You know, when you rip off a piece, take a bite, and it’s so flaky you end up with crumbs all over your face, fingertips, and shirt. That’s a good scone.

top down view of raw dough cut into pie shapes

I make sure to start with cold butter. I freeze a few sticks and then pass it through the largest holes of a grater. This adds subtle layers to the scones. The next thing to remember is not over to mix the dough, or you’ll end up with hockey pucks. You just want to moisten the dry ingredients with the liquid, gently form into a round disc and then cut.

Check out the golden edges and blueberries exploding from the pastry, yum! I like to press a few whole berries into the top of the dough, so each scone is pretty and irresistible. The egg wash makes the scones glow.

close up pf blueberry scones on a baking sheet pan

I sprinkle some coarse sugar on top for a little crunch. You can stop here and enjoy the scones immediately with a cup of tea, of you can take it to the next level. It’s all up to you, keep reading to see what makes the scones even more SUPER.

The cherry on top is the lemon glaze. I love the brightness and zing it adds to each bite. I don’t usually skip this step. It’s just too good to miss. I used a blend of white whole wheat flour and non-fat Greek yogurt.

scones with lemon glaze drizzled on top

The flour adds a nice texture, and the yogurt helps to cut down on some of the butter and add more tenderness to the scone. With that said, don’t be afraid to add a little lemon drizzle on top.

What culinary factors make scones rise?

Scones are a quick bread that uses baking powder and baking soda to help them rise and become light and crumbly after baking. These leavening agents help to create a tender baked product quickly without waiting for yeast to ferment and rise like in other pieces of bread. The high oven temperature of 400°F also creates an “oven spring” effect, when the steam produced from the high heat release and the proteins in the dough set. All of these elements give those great thick scones, with crunchy edges and moist pastry centers.

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Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

Whole wheat blueberry scones with lemon glaze recipe are the perfect healthier morning pastry. Each crumbly scone is packed with ripe fruit and yogurt.
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4 from 11 votes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings 8 scones
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

Ingredients

Blueberry Scones

  • 1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cold, 1-stick
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup greek yogurt, non-fat
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, pure
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen plus extra for topping

Egg wash

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon whole milk

Lemon Glaze

  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus lemon zest for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon greek yogurt, non-fat yogurt, or whole milk

Instructions 

  • Set rack to the center position of the oven. Preheat to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and lemon zest.
  • Grate cold butter or cut butter into small cubes then quickly work it into the flour mixture using your fingers until a coarse meal is achieved. Gently fold in the blueberries with a spatula.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, Greek yogurt, milk, and vanilla, then add to flour and butter mixture. Use a fork to stir everything together until just moistened.
  • Pour the shaggy dough out onto a clean floured work surface and shape the dough into an 8-inch circle. Cut the dough into 8 wedges. Lightly press in more blueberries on top of each scone of desired. Carefully transfer to the lined baking sheet.
  • Whisk together egg and milk in a small bowl. Lightly brush each scone with the egg wash. Bake for 15-16 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden brown.
  • Cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • For the lemon glaze, whisk together confectioners sugar, lemon juice and yogurt in a small bowl. Add more sugar or juice if needed for a thicker or thinner consistency.
  • Drizzle the glaze over warm scones and sprinkle with lemon zest if desired. Best served immediately or within a few hours.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container for up to one day.
  • If the scone dough feels dry and does not come together right away when shaped, add more milk to the dough, 1 teaspoon at a time until it forms a circle when pressed together.

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Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 420mg18%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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17 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Paula says

    Love your recipes Jessica … thinking of making these today for my husband’s birthday. Can I interchange whole wheat flour for white WW flour? Thank you.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you Paula! You can absolutely substitute white whole wheat flour for whole wheat flour. I think it will be even more tender and yummy! Happy birthday to your husband!

  2. Paula says

    Made these last week and they are WONDERFUL! We travel a lot, so we froze them and then refrigerated until ready to eat and they were fine thawed out. Have tried 3 of your recipes so far and they are all WINNERS. Having been the cook at our B&B, I know how difficult it is to come up with new recipes. Thank you for all your hard work… you can tell u truly LOVE what you’re doing because you are so very good at it.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Aww you made my day Paula! That’s a great idea to freeze and defrost the scones for eating later. That’s so awesome that you have a B&B, I nee to come visit someday! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me such a kind note, you keep me motivated to cook and share 🙂

  3. Beth M Negrey says

    Sorry, but I didn’t have a good experience making these. The liquid didn’t seem enough for all the dry ingredients (mainly the 2-1/2 cups of flour). The dough just didn’t want to come together to where it wasn’t crumbling apart. They do smell good and will hopefully taste OK, but it probably won’t be a repeater. 🙁

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Beth- I appreciate your feedback! Since the wheat flour has more fibers, it sometimes requires more liquid to help hydrate and encourage gluten bonding as you mix. Depending on how the flours were measured, sometimes a more gets in the recipe. You can always add a little more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time until it starts to form a more cohesive dough. I will add those notes to the recipe. Thank you for taking the time to make the scones!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Olive- I reduced the butter and replaced with greek yogurt to reduce the fat a bit. However, you could try just using an extra 1/2 cup butter and remove the yogurt to get more flakiness. Let me know how it goes!

  4. Carol says

    These scones were amazing! I’ll definitely make them again. Because they were huge, in the future I will divide the dough into two circles, then cut into eighths. These will be a regular feature on our family’s Sunday brunch menu!

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