Easy Lemonade Scone Recipe – for when friends drop by!

I call this recipe my ‘Hurry-Up Scones’.  I have much fancier recipes that call for delicate hands, careful measuring and so forth.  But I don’t have time for that today.  The phone has rung, friends are on their way, and my cake tin is woefully empty.  Hurry-Up Scones to the rescue!

Here’s the basic recipe:

Ingredients:  2 cups self raising flour, sifted, 1/4 cup of castor sugar (optional), 1/2 cup of cream, 1/2 cup of lemonade.

Method: preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius if fan forced, or 220 degrees celcius if not.  You want a hot oven so the scones get a good rise.

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl, add wet ingredients and mix lightly with a metal spoon to combine. Tip onto a floured board and pat out with your hands to about 4cm thick.  Cut into squares with a floured knife and place on tray leaving room for spreading (I line my tray with baking paper), or form into a round on tray and slice into wedges with a floured knife.

For individual scones, bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.  For the round, leave for  20 minutes, but drop oven temperature to 180 degrees after the first ten minutes.


Sweet – add a handful of sultanas and a dash of cinnamon or grated lemon rind, or a handful of chopped seeded dates softened in a tablespoon of hot water.

Savoury – substitute soda water for lemonade. Add a handful of grated cheese and some fresh dill or parsley (see picture below), or a handful of crumbled fetta, chopped sundried tomatoes and a little fresh basil.

These are great in lunchboxes, and travel well. I usually make a double batch, because they never seem to last long around here. (I say that a lot, don’t I…)

Today I made one batch of sultana scones, and one of cheese and herbs. We feasted after a walk around the wet farm in our boots. A hot cup of French Earl Grey tea and some scones in our belly, good conversation and shared laughter and we were ready for the rest of the day!

Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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15 thoughts on “Easy Lemonade Scone Recipe – for when friends drop by!

  1. I have tried all these recipes before, but be ages since making them, and as I have been
    given a dozen gorgeous lemons I can see the “lemon butter” already in the jar………..
    Everybody seems to have some variation, which makes its interesting to taste.
    Also the Scones made with lemonade I have tried before and they too are yummy!
    Can’t beat the “homemade” products, do you agree?

  2. Hmmm, perhaps a saynora recipe to try. Love the idea of the ginger beer (along with some crystallised ginger pieces and dates *drool*). Easy recipe + friends in boots ftw!

  3. Lemonade in scones? You mean fizzy lemonade? I’ll need to try these, that’s very different from the recipe I use. Is the cream single pouring cream? They certainly look delicious and I love the idea of the feta and herb ones.

    1. I do mean fizzy lemonade. And the cream – I use whatever is to hand. Single cream, thickened cream, double cream. It always works out. I have also used ginger beer (should have put that in the variations – very yum!), ginger ale, tonic water and once I used lemon squash. They all had their own special taste, and at a pinch I think you can afford to be creative. 🙂

  4. I love having a few things in mind that I can get in the oven quickly when I learn that friends are on their way. And this recipe, in all it’s variations, sounds great–I never would have thought to put lemonade in scones! Love the photo of the boots as well, they look like the wearers may be in need of scones. 🙂

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