Earl Grey Blackberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

Fresh blackberries, zesty lemon and rich Earl Grey tea make up this super delicious breakfast scone. Perfect for guests or just a lazy Sunday afternoon. Easy to freeze and reheat.
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Earl Grey Blackberry Scones with Lemon Glaze


  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (416 grams) — plus extra flour for kneading
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoon earl grey tea, ground until fine
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Extra buttermilk & granulated sugar to top scones before baking


  • 1.5 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
Earl Grey Blackberry Scones with Lemon Glaze


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Move baking tray to upper 1/3 of the oven. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Grind 1 1/4 tbs earl grey tea in a small blender or with a mortar and pestle.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, tea, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Discard any pieces that don’t go through sieve with ease. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture is course and butter is pea-sized or smaller. Place dry mixture in the freezer or refrigerator for 5 minutes while you prepare the wet ingredients.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine egg and buttermilk and beat lightly with a fork. Rinse and dry the blackberries.
  5. Take the dry mixture out of the freezer or refrigerator. Mix wet and dry mixtures with a spoon until combined. Continue to combine with your hands until a soft dough is formed. Knead by folding the dough in half 3-5 times.
  6. Add blackberries and continue to fold until blackberries are combined. The blackberries may get crushed a bit, that’s okay. Add more flour as needed. Don’t overwork.
  7. Shape dough to a 1 inch thickness. Cut dough into 2 inch circles using a round pastry cutter or cut into 2 inch squares with a knife. Reshape excess dough, fold and re-cut.
  8. Place scones onto your prepared baking tray. Place tray in the freezer for 5 minutes so that the butter can firm up again.
  9. Brush scones with buttermilk and sprinkle with granulated sugar before placing in the oven. Bake for 16-20 minutes until tops are golden brown. Place scones on a metal rack with a piece of parchment paper underneath until scones are cool.
  10. Prep the glaze. Mix powdered sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and lemon zest with a fork until smooth. Add extra lemon juice or powdered sugar as needed until you get the right consistency.
  11. Drizzle glaze evenly onto the scones, allowing excess to drip onto the parchment paper. Let scones sit for 10-15 minutes until glaze sets.
  12. Serve as soon as possible. Scones will keep about 2 days. You can freeze extra scones (wrap in saran wrap) and reheat later as needed.

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