Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow! My husband and I officially have no plans, no babysitters, no dates, and I have no presents (and the likelihood of him having anything is not good), but we do have lots of candy, so we might be able to salvage the day.

So when I was growing up, my dad would always make scones for our neighborhood 4th of July party and for super special occasions. And by scones, I mean fried pieces of sweet bread dough that we would douse in honey or dust with powdered sugar.

One night when I was in middle school, it was pronounced that we had scones in the house and I was simultaneously puzzled and thrilled because scones were strictly a holidays-only affair. Imagine my horror when I discovered that these scones resembled triangular biscuits. HORROR.

And then I tasted one and all was forgiven. Sweet but not too sweet, melt-in-your mouth texture, flaky, buttery, and crumbly in the best possible way. Call me weird, but I think scones are totally romantic food. If my husband made me scones, I would a) wonder who he was (especially since upon eating these scones for the first time, he said, “What are these supposed to be like?) and b) I would let him pick our next date night, which would probably involve The Phantom Menace in 3D and no talk of scones.

Sara has a fabulous basic scone recipe, but constantly feeling the urge to wander culinarily (I’m 98% sure that’s not a word), I adapted this recipe from Allrecipes and it comes from Pam Anderson at Three Many Cooks.

First, place the oven rack on the lower-middle position (unless your oven bakes hot like mine does or not hot, like mine doesn’t–then use your pretty brain to figure out where it should go. Mine needs to go in the middle). You’ll need 2 cups of flour, lightly spooned into measuring cups and leveled with a knife, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, frozen butter, sour cream, an egg, lemon zest, and poppy seeds.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds. Add in the zest of 1 lemon and whisk again.

Grate the frozen butter (a food processor will make the job even easier!) Take a picture because I have determined that grated butter is one of the prettiest, most photogenic things ever in the history of the universe. The fact that I find grated butter so pretty probably says something about me.

Toss the grated butter into the flour mixture and use your fingers to combine the mixture so it appears like coarse meal.

In a small bowl, combine the egg and sour cream…

and then whisk it together until it’s smooth. Drizzle it over the flour mixture and then toss the mixture together with a fork, trying to ensure the flour mixture is evenly moistened with the egg/sour cream mixture.

Use your hands to press the dough into a ball. It will come together slowly–some portions of the dough will be more moist than others, and it may seem like it’s too crumbly, but be gentle and consistent and it will all come together. I promise. There’s probably some cheesy life lesson in there somewhere.

When the dough has come together into a ball, form the dough into an 8″ disc on a lightly floured surface (I just sprinkled a little flour on the Silpat I was baking the scones on–one less mess to clean up, right?!)

Use a butter knife to cut the dough into 8 equal triangles.

Have I ever mentioned how very bad I am at geometry?

Separate the triangles and evenly space them on a lined baking sheet.

Bake until golden, or about 15-17 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

While the scones are cooling, whisk together 1/4 cup strained lemon juice, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar (more if you want a thicker glaze). Place the glaze in a Ziploc bag. If you want a thin glaze all over the whole scone, you can drizzle it over the scones while they’re still a bit warm. If you want the squiggles, wait until they’re completely cool. Personally? I would go for a bit warm, glaze dripping down the sides. Seriously…to die for.

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  1. So I went to make these this morning, and then realized my sour cream had been left on the counter all night. So I substituted it with the only ingredients I had that were somewhat similar. I thinned out some cream cheese with milk. The scones actually turned out delicious and looked just like the picture! Haha! Sweet! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Made these tonight, they turned out amazing! I have made my fair share of scones before but none ever called for an egg, so I was curious how they would turn out. Definitely not disappointed! I did the whole thing in the food processor; first pulsed all the dry ingredients together to combine, then added the butter (I just diced mine right out of the fridge, didn’t bother freezing or grating it), then the wet ingredients. I also added the juice of half a lemon right to the batter. It came together really fast and easy and I had no trouble getting it to form into a disk. Can’t wait to experiment with other flavors using this recipe as a base; I have made oatmeal scones by replacing half the flour of my standard scone recipe with oatmeal, which I might try with this recipe sometime. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  3. The Utah scones are indeed, fried bread, my grandmother always used to save bread dough for scones whenever she made bread. Now its Rhodes frozen bread dough for the lazy part of me….The sweet biscuit-like scones (pronounced with a short “o” vowel- “scons”)are from England. I love both!!

  4. This was my first time making scones and it was a major success!!! It totally made my family’s Valentine’s Day! Thank you! 🙂

  5. These are my absolutle favorite type of pastry. I used to get Lemon Poppy Seed scones on my way to class in college and it just made the day better. Thank you for posting this recipe! If you ever make blueberry ones, please share those too 🙂

    1. I’m 99.9% sure you could leave out the poppy seeds and lemon (or heck, leave ’em in if you want!) and then just add 1/2-3/4 cup chopped blueberries. Blueberry scones are one of my FAVORITE things in the universe! 🙂

  6. I have everything in my pantry except full fat sour cream…..I have light sour cream. Do you think that would work? I *really* want to make these scones right now….lol!

      1. Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly! We get scones from this little bakery in town and I always find them really dry, but my husband loves them, so I’m sure that even if yours turn out that way he will think they are great. No worries! 🙂

        PS I have never heard of fried scones, but they sound so yummy!

    1. Rebecca, I always use low fat substitutes and don’t have any complaints, in fact a lot of compliments. You could also use plain greek yogurt, it would even be better for you and no fat! with lots of yumminess! Good Luck!

      1. These scones were delicious! The low fat sour cream worked great! Angie, thanks for the tip about the greek yogurt too! 🙂

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