A few weeks back, my 7 and 10 year old neighbor buddies and I were supposed to get together and bake Raspberry Lemon Scones. I was really looking forward to it and I have a feeling those girls were just as excited as me. But, ya know, Covid-19 hit and instead of gathering in my kitchen to bake Raspberry Lemon Scones together, we have daily chats from across the street, that mostly consist of how we've kept busy and what we'd like to bake together when this is all over.
Last weekend, my sweet neighbor turned 11. My heart aches for all of the kiddos who are stuck inside instead of out celebrating these important milestones. Even as adults it's hard to wrap your mind around all that has happened, and continues to happen day after day. But kids seem to have this resilient ability to adapt. From what I've seen through the eyes of my friends and neighbors, the kids are alright.
Who knows, maybe all of this could end up being a much bigger and more important life lesson than anything they could have learned in school over the course of a few months. This outbreak is bringing families together in ways that have gone by the wayside. I see posts of kids helping out in the kitchen, making their parents breakfast in bed. And hopefully soon, baking these Raspberry Lemon Scones.
In recent years, I've noticed an uptick of kids interested in cooking and baking.
I don't remember any of my friends being remotely interested in cooking as kids. To me, and I think my generation on the whole, cooking was a chore. But now, kids are super into it! So many of my friend's kids are baking my recipes and sharing photos. It's been the most heartwarming feeling. I believe kids are highly capable in the kitchen when you give them the freedom to try. The cleanup afterward is another story but that's always the way it is.
Since my neighbor girls and I weren't able to bake these Raspberry Lemon Scones together this time, I figured what better 11th birthday gift than a box full of these scones? So I got after it and started developing this simple scone recipe in honor of a special someone's big 11.
Making scone batter
Berry scones can be tricky as the berries are tender, moist and tend to bleed into the dough if you aren't extra careful.
I've got a few tricks up my sleeve to make your Raspberry Lemon Scones baking experience as smooth as possible.
Top tips for scones
- First, I freeze the fresh raspberries so there is less of a chance of them turning to mush instantly when mixed in with the dough. Alternatively, you could use frozen berries, which are just as good in this scenario.
- The real key is to not over-mix the scone dough. Once the scone dough just comes together, you stop mixing and gently fold in the frozen berries.
- To shape the Raspberry Lemon Scones, it's just a matter of gathering and patting the dough disks together, no kneading is needed.
- Once they're shaped into the disks, I like the freeze them for at least 20 minutes before slicing them into wedges. This not only helps the raspberries from bleeding out into the Raspberry Lemon Scones but it also helps them keep their shape when they bake.
Zesty lemon and tart sweetness of the raspberries give these Raspberry Lemon Scones a bright springy flavor.
At this point, we all need more of in our lives. They've got just the right amount of crumbly crust to tender interior, drizzled with a lightly lemon scented glaze. Pretty much the perfect comfort for these strange times when the sun is starting to shine but our world feels dark.
These Raspberry Lemon Scones come together quick, with minimal effort.
Therefore, they are a great recipe to make with kids. You should know going in, things will get messy. There is no way around it. But isn't that half the fun anyway. I hope you are all finding solace in the kitchen these days. I encourage you to brighten your day with a batch of these Raspberry Lemon Scones. You might even get lost in the craft of baking and forget about the global pandemic for a brief and blissful moment.
Variations on the scone
Baking and icing the scones