Earl Grey Blackberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
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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.
Oh hi there! Are you ready for more tea recipes? Yes?! Great. Wondering where I’ve been? Read on below. Not wondering? Just keep scrolling. I won’t judge, this recipe is pretty damn good.
You may have noticed I haven’t been around the past couple months. It wasn’t by accident or from lack of enthusiasm. My last blog post was April 8th. On April 27th, my grandpa finally passed away AND also on April 27th, my fiancé’s mother unexpectedly passed away as well. I traveled to St. Louis for a week to say goodbye to my soon-to-be mother in law.
Since then it’s been sort of a flurry of putting pieces back together and lots of self care. On top of those 2 deaths, my dad was diagnosed in April with stomach cancer and is currently undergoing chemo. And.... also our wedding is in umm, yeah 8 days.
ANNNNDDD…. queue need for space, self-care, reflection and no extra time.
I’d love to do a blog post or even just a few social media posts after the wedding (and honeymoon!) about self-care during a rough patch and also about giving yourself the grace to not uphold all your commitments.
The short version?
Ask for what you need.
Keep up some sort of physical activity (even if it’s just walking or stretching).
Allow prior commitments and new opportunities to pass.
Detach from unnecessary negativity (news, politics, unsupportive friends, social media).
Make time and space for more love (possibly at the sake of other priorities).
Whew! It’s been a hard couple months and I’m ready for the next phase — the getting married, going on our honeymoon to Ireland, turning 30 in August phase.
All that is to say… I’ve had this AMAZING Earl Grey scone recipe sitting in my to do list patiently waiting until I had the spare brainspace to get it up. I tested and took photos of this guy back in April thinking I would have it up for you about a week after my life decided to kind of fall apart.
On the plus side, I can now tell you with confidence that if you freeze these bad boys, and reheat them in a toaster oven they will be oh-snap-omg-still-so-great.
Alright, I decided to make these guys because TBH I was watching a lot of Great British Baking Show and eating a ton of blackberries and the two just needed to combine into a single activity.
But the reason I LOVE these scones is because of the amazing balance in flavors between the Earl Grey with the blackberry & lemon. The Earl Grey tea brings so much depth to these scones — they’re rich, bold, nuanced. And then the fresh blackberries and lemon drizzle come in and brighten the whole thing up! You top that combo off with butter or clotted cream and you’ve got yourself a winner!
Also! One of the secrets to great scones (and pie crusts and pastries…) is keeping your ingredients chilled. My directions tell you to throw the scones back in the freezer a couple times, this keeps the butter cold which makes the scones super flaky. The more you can keep on the chilly side — your buttermilk, your flour, your bowl! The better these scones will be.
For this recipe I used Townshend’s Tea Crème de la Earl Grey which has blue cornflower blossoms and an essence of French crème.
You can feel free to use your favorite Earl Grey tea or try some of my other favorites:
Earl Grey Blackberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
Makes 16 scones. Adapted from Joy the Baker. Keep all ingredients chilled until needed.
Lovely little things
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