Tender strawberry buttermilk scones with lemon zest and ginger.

Strawberry Lemon Scone for Easter brunch

When life gives you lemons, make scones.

We have a lemon tree in our backyard, and since this is our first year in our new home, it’s our first year for lemons. It gives me such a happy feeling when I look out the back window and see sunny globes hanging from the branches like Christmas ornaments.

I’m adding zest and juice to everything. Pasta, vinaigrettes, lentils, and these scones.

Strawberry Lemon Scone for Easter brunch

This week’s theme for #SundaySupper is the Easter / Passover Feast. Next year I’m seriously considering hosting a seder here for my husband and friends, but since our new kitchen is being completed just this week, I took the easy route this year with scones for  Easter brunch. Fresh strawberries are everywhere now, perfect with lemon from our tree, and then I decided to throw in some ginger at the last minute. It’s totally optional, but I highly recommend it if you make these in your own kitchen. They’re easy to make, and so tender from the buttermilk.

Strawberry, Lemon and Ginger Scones

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Serves: 8 scones

  • 2½
 cups (11¼ ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 
Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½
 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ 
cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 12 
Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ pound strawberries (about 14 strawberries)
  • 4 ounces candied ginger (about 1 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp turbinado sugar
  1. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, lemon zest, and allspice together in large bowl or in the bowl of food processor.
  2. Cut the butter into the flour mixture by hand (or whiz with food processor) until the mixture becomes a meal texture and turns a slight yellow. Pour into a large bowl.
  3. Slice strawberries and the candied ginger. Toss into the bowl with the flour and butter mixture.
  4. Form a well in the middle and pour in the vanilla extract and buttermilk. Stir until a dough forms and spill out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead a few times to completely incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet. Place on a sheet of parchment paper and flatten into a disk a little more than ½ inch thick. The disk should be around 8½ inches in diameter. Slice into six equal triangles. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  5. Freeze for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425˚F.
  6. Transfer dough and parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until reddish-brown on top.

And now go see what the rest of the #SundaySupper family is bringing to the table this week. Big thanks to Alaiyo at The Pescatarian Journal for hosting us this week!!



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  1. Dionne Baldwin April 19, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    I love the touch of ginger and I would totally add it if I made these! I must confess, I am jealous of your lemon tree. :) I love lemons!
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  2. The Ninja Baker April 20, 2014 at 2:34 am #

    How cheery to have lemons peeking in at you. Lemons truly do add that little extra zing to a dish…I am intrigued by your idea of adding ginger =)

    Happy Easter & Post Passover, Susan =)

  3. Liz April 20, 2014 at 3:37 am #

    Lucky you with the fresh lemons at your disposal! Your scones sound amazing!!!
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  4. Manu April 20, 2014 at 3:57 am #

    Ohhh I wish I had lemons too! In fact I am considering planting a lemon and lime tree in my yard soon! These scones sound delicious!
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  5. Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes April 20, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    Perfection! Your scones are perfect for a leisurely Easter Morning breakfast.

  6. Cindys Recipes and Writings April 20, 2014 at 5:12 am #

    I love scones thanks for a great breakfast idea!
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  7. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 20, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    Oh my gosh! Your scones look to die for. They are just simply beautiful!!
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  8. Susan April 20, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    What I would give to have a lemon tree of my own! Well I guess for now I’ll just continue to buy and then make your lovely scones.
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  9. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere April 20, 2014 at 6:35 am #

    I’ve never thought to add ginger to the strawberry lemon combo. This sounds amazing!
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  10. Seduction In The Kitchen April 20, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    These look Great! I love to have one now on my Brunch Table :)
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  11. Stacy April 20, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    Gorgeous scones, Susan! There is nothing better than being able to go out and pick your own fruit and vegetables. Such a great feeling! Love the strawberry lemon combination but the addition of the candied ginger is inspired!
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  12. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious April 20, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    I feel exactly the same way about my lemon tree out back. Happiness!
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  13. Tara April 20, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    I sat staring at those for the longest time, I want one badly. I am in love with ginger lately, man those look good!!

  14. Shannon R April 20, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    I’m going to a seder today but spent “Easter” on the couch eating chocolate. Man, these scones look fab, I might have to figure out how to have a second breakfast! I have strawberries too, yum.
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  15. Shaina April 20, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    I’m a sucker for anything that has ginger in it. I would love these scones! Yum! BUT…if you do decide to have a seder next year, no scones allowed! 😉
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  16. cheri April 20, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Hi Susan, I love adding a little of this and that when I cook or bake, adding the candied ginger at the end sounds brilliant. Happy Sunday to you, nice that your kitchen is back together.
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  17. Sarah April 20, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Definitely a winning combination here!
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  18. Melanie | Melanie Makes April 20, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Just love the combination of flavors here – Pinning!
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  19. Martin D Redmond April 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Love this combination of flavors Susan! I bet that ginger makes your scones pop!

  20. Jennifer Miller April 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    There is nothing better then warm homemade scones! I love your recipe and can’t wait to give it a whirl!
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  21. Choc Chip Uru April 21, 2014 at 2:29 am #

    Mmm these scones could make my breakfast very delicious 😀

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  22. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom April 21, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    I adore scones!! and what a lovely combo of strawberry, lemon and ginger! love this!
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  23. Julie April 21, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    I love a good scone – and this flavor combo sounds perfect!

  24. Courtney @ Neighborfood April 21, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    Mmm…strawberry and lemon is one of the best combos and so great for spring! Wish I had some coffee to go with this!
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  25. Rita April 21, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Yumm. We’ve an orange tree, and even with the drought, we’ve never had more oranges or orange blossoms. What a delightful spring fragrance in the yard.

  26. apuginthekitchen April 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    I envy your lemon tree. the scones sound wonderful, and a lovely combination of flavors!
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  27. Norma Chang April 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    I too wish I had a lemon tree. Go to the backyard and pick tree ripened lemon as needed, what a treat.
    Love scones, definitely adding the candied ginger.
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  28. mjskit April 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    Congratulations on your lemon harvest!!! Now you’ve made it really difficult. Do I want these scones of Dutch baby for breakfast this weekend. These scones look quite moist and definitely chock full of flavor!
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  29. Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily April 24, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    How lovely to have fresh lemons for those delicious scones! We have small lemon trees and they are so much joy to use in the kitchen. J+C
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  30. Christy April 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    These sound and look fabulous! Our lemon tree had an off year, and I really miss all the fresh lemons.
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  31. Jane's Adventures in Dinner April 25, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    I have had a total lemon of a day but I think these scones will make it all better. C:
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  32. Oui, Chef April 26, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Love the shot of them oozing delicious strawberry goodness!
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  33. laurasmess April 27, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    These look beautiful. Love the combination of the fruit with the ginger, I can imagine how delicious these would be when eaten warm with butter. Hope that you had a lovely Easter Susan. I’m hugely behind on all of my favourite blog reading but I’m feeling inspired already x
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