I am the number one fan of Victoria Magazine! Years ago, I stumbled upon the first issue in a doctor’s office waiting room, and I have been enamored ever since. This beautiful magazine with gorgeous features and breathtaking styled photoshoots speaks to my soul. I anxiously await every issue, knowing my favorite magazine will not disappoint; each issue is a visual delight, from the articles to the recipes.
I’ve made many of the recipes featured in Victoria, and I find their recipes simple to duplicate, achieving the same results as the magazine. This is not always the case when you attempt a recipe from a magazine. Many times I have been disappointed with my results, and I am a good cook. Not with Victoria!
I love Victoria’s tagline, “For lovers of charming homes and gardens, decorative touches, and world travel, Victoria nourishes the feminine soul and promises a return to loveliness.”
Below is the recipe for Lemon and Lavender Scones from Victoria Magazine, the May/June 2020 issue.
Lemon and Lavender Scones with Lemon Curd
2 cups self-rising flour*
¼ cup of sugar
¼ cup cold salted butter
2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
½ cup cold heavy whipping cream
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Garnish: fresh culinary lavender flowers
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and sugar, whisking well. Using a pastry
blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add dried lavender and lemon zest, stirring well.
In a small bowl, combine cream, egg, and vanilla extract, whisking well.
Add cream mixture to flour mixture, stirring to combine. Continue to bring
the dough together with hands. (If the mixture seems dry, add more cream, 1
a tablespoon at a time until uniformly moist.)
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 3 to 4 times.
Roll dough into an 8-inch round and to a ½-inch thickness. Cut into 8
Bake until edges are golden brown and a wooden pick inserted
in centers comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Remove scones to a wire
rack, and let cool completely.
Garnish with creamed honey lavender flowers, if desired.
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 cup strained lemon juice
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubes
In a small heavy saucepan, whisk, together lemon zest, and lemon juice
until blended. Add butter; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until
the mixture is very thick, and the thermometer reads at least 175, about 10 minutes.
Do not boil; immediately remove from heat.
Strain through a fine-mesh side into a small bowl. Press plastic wrap
onto the surface and let cool for 15 minutes. Refrigerate until serving, at
least 1 hour.
*If you have all-purpose flour, add 3 teaspoons of baking powder and 1
I love the magazine too, Elaine. I first came upon it when I opened my inn, a large Victorian, and I got lots of little table decorating hints from the pages of this lovely publication. I also had good luck with the recipes.
This one speaks to me on all levels!
I didn’t know you own an Inn. How lovely!