Southern Mom Loves: It's Tea Time + Meyer Lemon-Glazed Blueberry Scones

It's Tea Time + Meyer Lemon-Glazed Blueberry Scones

Monday, January 2, 2017

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts. All opinions are my own.


Did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month? It makes sense since a hot cup of tea is the perfect warmer on a cold winter's day, so go ahead and brew one up! And since you're already having tea, you might as well make some scones to go with that cuppa. ;) Luckily, I have the ideal recipe for wintertime scones using seasonal ingredients that are so perfectly paired, it's a match made in foodie heaven. Blueberry buttermilk scones + a sweet Meyer lemon glaze = Yes, please.



If you've never had a scone, they're very similar to biscuits, but use cold butter instead of shortening and have a bit of sugar in the dough. They're fairly easy to make and hard to mess up, so if you've never made them, you should give it a try. 



These are stuffed to the gills with dried blueberries that when baked up in the scones have a texture like raisins, but with that bold, delicious blueberry flavor.


I've glazed these with a Meyer lemon icing that's so simple, you can whip it up while the scones are baking.


If you're not familiar with Meyer lemons, they're a cross of lemons and mandarins, so there's a bit of sweet orange flavor at the end of the lemon's tartness.


And nothing goes better with these sweet scones than a strong cup of steaming hot tea.


I'm drinking a Bold Breakfast Black Tea from Dunkin' Donuts.

Dunkin’ Donuts has relaunched its hot tea offerings with a brand new lineup of premium teas, available in five vibrant flavors. These are high-quality full leaf teas and herbal infusions for the optimal steep. The new premium hot tea lineup offers both caffeinated and caffeine-free options.


Yes, that's a Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App (available for iPhone or Android.) You can pay at the register with it, pre-order to pick up later, and get perks like discounts, specials, and free drinks. <3

Free drinks, you say? Yes. Dunkin’ Donuts isn't just amazing donuts anymore. They offer a wide range of delicious food and beverage options, including hot and iced coffee, espresso beverages, frozen beverages, iced tea and new premium hot teas, along with a selection of sandwiches and baked goods and their full menu, including breakfast items, are available all-day. BREAKFAST ALL DANG DAY, YOU GUYS!


The new premium hot teas are now available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide by the cup or you can grab a box of 15 individually-wrapped pyramid tea sachets to enjoy at home any time.


You can go bold like I did, or go for the Harmony Leaf Green Tea, the Chamomile Fields Herbal Infusion, the Hibiscus Kiss Herbal Infusion, or the Cool Mint Herbal Infusion. Choices, choices....



Then, scones.


They are surprisingly easy to make, so I hope you give them a try. They're sure to wow any afternoon guests. Or yourself. You're worth wow-ing too. ;)


Pro tip: If you want to make these right now, but don't have any buttermilk, you can make a buttermilk substitute. For each cup of buttermilk, you can pour 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice into the bottom of the measuring cup, then pour in enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand for 10 minutes. Voila! Bake on!


Blueberry Buttermilk Scones with Meyer Lemon Glaze

Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2-1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 6 Tbsp. cold buttermilk
  • 1/2 c. dried blueberries
Icing:
  • 1 c. powdered sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, softened 
  • 2 Tbsp. Meyer lemon juice 
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and
  3. salt. 
  4. Use a pastry cutter (or your hands) to cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. I cube my butter ahead of time to make this quicker, but you don't have to. 
  5. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolk and buttermilk together.
  6. Add it to the flour mixture and stir with a fork until you make a crumbly soft dough.
  7. Gently stir in the blueberries, then use your hands to compress the dough crumbs into a ball.
  8. Place the dough onto a floured surface and fold/knead 5-10 times, then form it into a round disc about an inch thick.
  9. Cut into 6 wedges and place them on your baking sheet.
  10. Bake on the upper rack for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  11. While they're baking, make the icing by mixing together the powdered sugar, softened butter, and vanilla.
  12. Add the Meyer lemon juice and beat with a mixer until incorporated. You will have a glaze a little thinner than the consistency of cake icing.
  13. Spread it over the warm scones and serve.
For those of you who are a little more visual, I made a video showing you what each step looks like.


Mmmm. You will be left with a panful of warm glazed scones that are perfect for teatime!


If you would rather ice these than glaze them, just wait until the scones have cooled before spreading on the lemon-y goodness.


You could also let your guests ice them themselves by serving a dollop of the icing alongside a warm un-glazed scone.


Don't forget to serve these with steaming cups of tea! If serving a group, you can set out sugar, honey, lemon, and milk and let everyone make their own perfect cup.



I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you try it, let me know what you think in the comments!


Don't forget to stop by Dunkin' Donuts for one of their new premium hot teas and enjoy the comfort of a hot cup of tea and a warm scone during your busy day.


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Do you enjoy a hot cup of tea? Will you be trying these scones? I love to read your comments!

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