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Poppy seed and lemon is one of my favourite combinations. I have been making these flaky scones for years and they never disappoint.  I like to make the lemon curd ahead of time and then bake up the scones to serve fresh and warm for breakfast or for coffee with friends.

Poppy Seed Lemon Scones with Lemon Curd

LEMON CURD:
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel

SCONES:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold butter
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Additional sugar

Directions

In a heavy saucepan or top of a double boiler, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in butter, lemon juice and peel. Cook and stir over low heat or simmering water for 15 minutes or until mixture reaches 160° and is thickened. Cover and refrigerate until chilled (may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week).

For scones, combine the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Combine milk and lemon juice; stir into crumb mixture just until blended (dough will be soft).

Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead gently six times. Shape into a ball. Pat dough into an 8-in. circle; cut into eight wedges. Separate wedges and place 1 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional sugar.

Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan to wire rack. Serve warm with the lemon curd. Yield: 8 scones

A great treat with a cup of Starbucks!

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