Certain smells and flavors conjure up the essence of Christmas! Just like the aromas of the spices baking in the oven of my favorite Gingerbread Scones. Gingerbread is an Old World recipe that has somehow become synonymous with the Christmas Season around the world including both Ireland and America. These Gingerbread Scones are perfect for holiday brunch are always a hit especially when served with Lemon Curd and Fresh Whipped Cream. Enjoy the season and the spices of Christmas.. It’s the time!
Gingerbread Scones with Clotted Lemon Cream
Gingerbread scone ingredients (makes ½ dozen):
- 1 lb. (4 cups) self-rising flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 oz. (¼ cup) dark brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. ground powdered ginger
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- ¾ tsp. cinnamon
- 6 oz. (¾ cup) butter (cold and cut into small pieces)
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 4 fl. oz. (½ cup) buttermilk
- 2 fl. oz. (¼ cup) molasses
- egg wash (1 egg beaten with a little water or milk)
How to make them:
- Preheat your oven to 425° F.
- Sift the flour with the baking powder then combine the remaining dry ingredients together in a food processor or a large mixing bowl.
- Cut the cold butter into the mixed dry ingredients then rub the mixture together with your fingertips or add them slowly to a food processor to form a breadcrumb-like texture.
- Beat the buttermilk, egg, and molasses together in a small bowl and combine with the dry ingredients, mixing well.
- Turn the resulting dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Knead the dough a few times and then roll it out with a lightly floured rolling pin until it’s about ¾” thick.
- Cut the scones out of the flattened dough using a 1” biscuit cutter.
- Brush dough scones with egg wash and place onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Bake 12–15 minutes until well risen and golden brown on top, turning the baking tray halfway through baking time to ensure even baking.
- Best served warm. Serve sliced in half and slathered with clotted cream.
Happy Holiday Baking!
Judith the Irish Foodie