These honey scones are soft, buttery, and have a subtle lemon flavor. They pair perfectly with homemade jam and clotted cream for a delicious breakfast.
Scones are a traditional British treat, but they have become popular in many parts of the world.
These honey scones are a sweet variety of traditional plain scones.
The honey adds a touch of sweetness, while the lemon gives them a refreshing zing. They are perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or coffee or as a snack any time of the day.
What is so great about honey scones?
They are ready in less than 30 minutes. I love having a variety of easy breakfast options, and these homemade scones with honey and lemon are one of my favorites!
They are so simple to make, and they come out fluffy and delicious in less than half an hour.
Perfect breakfast to go. Make them the night before a busy morning so you can grab a scone on your way out the door or pack it in your lunch bag.
Kids love them. Add some fruit or chocolate chips to make them more interesting, or let them help with making this recipe!
Flour - I always use all-purpose flour for my honey scones, but you can substitute half of it with whole wheat flour for a healthier option.
If you're looking to use gluten-free or oat flour instead, keep in mind that the moisture absorption may vary, so the amount of milk needed might need to be adjusted accordingly.
Butter - Butter adds a flaky texture and luscious flavor to scones. For a lactose-free option, use plant-based butter or margarine in the recipe.
Honey - Honey is our secret ingredient for these scones. It makes them more moist and tender than the ones with sugar.
Milk - for this recipe, I recommend using whole milk. You can substitute the milk for almond or oat milk.
Baking powder - to create pillowy scones, you need to add a rising agent. That is why you need to add baking powder.
You can replace the flour and baking powder with self-rising flour.
Salt - Unless you are on a low-sodium diet, do not skip the salt because it enhances the flavor. If you're using salted butter, there's no need to add extra salt!
Add fruit. Fruit like apples, pears, dried cherries, or blueberries are amazing in this recipe!
Use different types of honey. Don't be afraid to experiment with different kinds of honey or even combine them! Try it out and see what works for you!
Spices. Honey is a natural sweetener that pairs well with warm and aromatic spices like cinnamon, ginger, and thyme.
You can enhance the flavor of your batter by adding ½ teaspoon of these spices. It will make your baked goods more delicious and fragrant!
To give your honey scones some extra crunch sprinkle some cinnamon sugar over the top before putting them in the oven.
My tips for the best honey scones
Make sure your ingredients are cold. To ensure a nice and flaky dough, it is recommended to use cold butter and milk.
Never over-mix the dough. You want your honey scones to be light and fluffy, but overmixing the dough will make the scones tough due to the gluten.
Use a kitchen scale. When baking, it is always best to be as precise as possible. That is why I always recommend using a kitchen scale for the best results.
To make this honey scones recipe, you will need a mixing bowl, kitchen scale and measuring cups, a spatula, and parchment paper.
You don't have to eat all your scones right away. They'll last for about five days if you keep them in a tight container. That way, they won't get dry and crumbly.
If you want to keep them longer, it is better to freeze them.
Wrap the scones in plastic wrap before freezing. This way, you can store them for at least six months.
Take them out of the freezer well in advance and let them thaw at room temperature.
More easy scone recipes
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 stick cold butter diced
- ¼ cup honey
- ⅓ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 F or 180 C.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt, and cold butter to a mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until it resembles bread crumbs, but avoid making the butter flakes too small.
- Pour the milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and honey into the mixture and stir gently until just combined.
- Remove the dough from the bowl, form a disk that is ½ inch thick, and divide it into six pieces.
- Put the scones on a parchment lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.