Sunny Sour Cream Scones with Lemon Curd
Recipe Type: Breakfast
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Serves: 8 to 10 scones
  • 450g (3¾cup)self raising flour (see notes)
  • 2 rounded tsp baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 75g ( ¼ cup + 1 tbsp) cold butter
  • 50g (1/4 cup)sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300 ml sour cream
Lemon Curd
  • 4 unwaxed lemons, zest and juice
  • 250g ( 21/4 cups) caster sugar
  • 100g (1/3 cup) butter
  • 3 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
  1. Heat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Lightly grease baking a baking sheet.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and nutmeg into a bowl. Add the lemon zest. Mix in cold butter and rub it in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in sugar. Beat the eggs together and 300ml (10fl oz) sour cream. Put about 2 tbsp aside in a cup for later.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients stirring it in until you have a soft dough.
  5. Scatter some flour onto the work surface and turn dough onto it. Sprinkle the dough with a little bit of flour and then gently knead the dough until it is a little smoother.
  6. Flatten it to a thickness of 3cm-4 cm. Use a 21/2 inch cutter (smooth edged cutters tend to cut more cleanly giving a better rise) plunge into the dough, straight down then lift it out straight out. Repeat process. Gently push dough together, knead, flatten and cut out more scone.
  7. Arrange on the prepared baking sheets and brush the tops with the reserved beaten egg mixture
  8. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes until well risen and golden on top.
  9. Transfer to wire rack and leave to cool.
Lemon Curd
  1. Very gently grate the zest from the lemon being careful to avoid the white part. Squeeze juice from lemon and strain.
  2. In heatproof bowl combine lemon zest, juice, sugar and butter. Sit the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Stir the mixture frequently until all the butter has melted.
  3. Whisk eggs and egg yolk lightly and stir egg mixture into lemon mixture and stir all the ingredients until well combined. Leave to cook for 10 – 13 minutes, stirring every now and again, until the mixture is creamy and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  4. Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally as it cools. Store lemon curd in sterilized jars and seal once cooked. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.
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