Light, flaky, and fragrant, these Earl Grey Scones are an easy and delightful sweet treat that is perfect for afternoon tea or as a snack. For the ultimate indulgence, cut one in half and fill it with cream and your favorite jam.
What if you could take your favorite tea and put it into your afternoon tea treats? Well, that is what is exactly happening here with these Earl Grey Scones. It is kind of like your favorite cup of earl grey tea but baked into delicious scones.
These Earl Grey Scones are tender, crumbly, and flaky with a delicate note of earl grey tea. They are delicious and fragrant, best enjoyed when still warm with some cream and jam. And since scones and tea are natural together, don’t forget to steep your tea on the side to complete the treat.
Make Ahead of Time
Scones are the best when they are fresh and warm from the oven. You will want to bake them off at the last minute. If you would like to get ahead, you can make and shape the dough ahead of time and leave them in the fridge overnight. Or you can freeze them on a baking sheet, transfer the frozen unbaked scones to a ziplock bag, and bake them straight from frozen, adding a couple of minutes to the baking time.
- Use cold ingredients. Similar to making pie crust, using cold ingredients prevent the butter from melting before the scones are baked, leaving it instead to melt in the oven and create a super-flaky end result. Keep your butter, egg, and milk in the fridge until you are ready to make your scone dough.
- Keep the dough cold. Do not allow the dough to get too warm. Keep it as cold as possible until they are ready to go into the oven. This will make them rise better.
- Don’t overmix. Mix just until the flour almost disappears and you’ll be left with flaky layers and a nice, tender scone.
- Don’t twist your cutter. Make sure not to twist your cutter when pressing down as this can make the scones wonky when they bake. This ensures the walls of the scones aren’t sealed so they can rise straight up and evenly.
The Best Ways to Enjoy Them
Here are some ideas of what you can add as add-ins or toppings for these Earl Grey Scones.
- Cream and jam. These Earl Grey Scones are lovely with whipped cream or traditional clotted cream and preserves like blueberry and strawberry jam.
- Butter. Spread the scones with butter straight from the oven.
- Citrus. You can make a simple glaze of powdered icing sugar with the zest on top of the scone for extra flavor. You can also use lemon curd or orange curd for the topping.
- Honey. Plain honey is one of the best scone toppings.
More Earl Grey Recipes
- Earl Grey Panna Cotta
- Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies
- Earl Grey Burnt Cheesecake
- Earl Grey Butter Cookies