Grapefruit Thyme Scones

 Tender yet crumbly on the inside and a crisp exterior you’d think Grapefruit Thyme Scones came straight from the bakery in time for tea. 
Grapefruit Thyme Scones | The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

There is a little surprise in store today and it’s not for you or you or you but it is for one of you. . . hey Ruthy I hope you’re reading today because *surprise* happy virtual baby shower to you!  Now I know the little person growing in there is ready to go any moment and it might be a little unfair to throw a bunch of delicious recipes at you now when you might not really be in the mood to cook or bake.  However. . . you’ll need something to do in a few months from now. Right? 

Grapefruit Thyme Scones Prep | The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Grapefruit Thyme Scones | The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Can we sit discuss for a moment the irony of the fact that I decided to make scones for the woman who lived in Ireland and is married to an Irishman?  I mean if anyone has a rock solid cream scone recipe it’s going to be Ruthy but hear me out for a moment.  I wanted to bake up something appropriate for a shower and needed a break from all the decadent desserts of December. 

Citrus is currently calling my name right now, which is perfect since winter is the season to get ahold of your grapefruits, oranges and lemons.  Paired with thyme these scones have the perfect balance of a little sweet, savory and tart from the grapefruit.  Enjoy it at breakfast or in the afternoon with a mug of hot tea.  Just make sure you smother it with some clotted cream, jam or fruit curd. 

Grapefruit Thyme Scones | The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen


Grapefruit Thyme Scones

After several years of scone making I finally decided to try grating my butter into the dry ingredients. By far this is the easiest method and resulted in perfect coffee shop quality scones. To keep your butter from melting while grating it, place it in the freezer about 10 minutes before starting.

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  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • zest from 1 grapefruit
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, grated
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus 2 tablespoons extra
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice


  1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, grapefruit zest and thyme.
  3. Remove the butter from the freezer and grate over the flour mixture. Stir to combine well.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together 1 cup of the heavy cream and the large.
  5. Make a well in the center of the butter/flour mix and pour the heavy cream. Stir until the dough comes together and add the grapefruit juice.
  6. Using your hands knead the dough until it just comes together, and scoop out on to a well floured surface.
  7. You don't want to work the dough too much, otherwise it will become tough. Bring the dough into a disc and pat out into a circle between 1/2 and 3/4 inches thick.
  8. Cut the scones into 8 triangles and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  9. Brush the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons heavy cream.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the scones are a nice golden brown.
  11. Let cool slightly before serving.
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Bread

Grapefruit Thyme Scones | The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen Since one recipe doesn’t make a party, here’s a whole bunch of other great recipes for to celebrate Ruthy from Omeletta‘s baby shower! 

All the Other Delicious Baby Shower Food:

Irish Lemon Pudding Tart – Sugar Dish Me

No-Bake Cookie Dough Bars – Food Babbles

Beef and Pepperoni Puffs – Food Ramblings

Mini Quiche Bites – Poet in the Pantry

Grapefruit Thyme Scones – Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Smoky Kale and Potato Cakes with Red Kale Salad and Quick Pickled Apples – Joanne Eats Well

Blood Orange Egg Tarts – Kelly Bakes

Irish Cheese and Bacon Popcorn – Chocolate Moosey

Little Red Kitchen Bake Shop

20 thoughts on “Grapefruit Thyme Scones

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  4. Ruthy @ Omeletta

    These look UNBELIEVABLE- you could not have picked a more perfect treat!! Thank you so, so much, Susan, I was completely bowled over today when I started seeing all these incredible recipes! And I love that you grated your butter- that is 100% what I do with my scones and shortbreads, and it totally works like a charm. Thanks so much, girl! <3

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    1. Susan Palmer

      No joke, that was my fear too but for starters I used good butter (geez I sound like the barefoot contessa). So it’s a lot easier to just freeze a a thicker block than 6 tablespoons from a regular stick. Second freezing helps and third by the end, I stopped and just chopped up the last bit and tossed it in. No extra parts!

  6. Joanne

    I really need to get in the habit of grating my butter..seems like it would make me life SO MUCH EASIER. And more scone-filled. I love the citrus twist you put on these!!

  7. kelly @ kellybakes

    How did I not know about grating my butter? I feel like I’ve been living in a hole! Anyway, these scones look simply divine–I love the combo of citrus + thyme and methinks these would be lovely with any kind of curd. Now I want a plate of these and a cup of tea …and a book 🙂

    1. Susan Palmer

      This was the first time I tried it too Kelly! I always read about people doing it but kept doing the old fashion pastry cutter method. Never again!

  8. Carla

    I totally hear you on needing a break from baking sweets. That’s why I opted for cheese and bacon. Love the sound of these grapefruit scones. I’ve been eating grapefruit lately for breakfast (especially since Dad bought me a grapefruit spoon to match his haha)

  9. Kate | Food Babbles

    Ahhh! I LOVE these! I am a recent member of the scone bandwagon. After learning to make ones that weren’t dry as a bone I’ve been on constant lookout for new variations and you hit the nail on the head here. I love pairing herbs with fruit so these scones are perfection in my book. I have to give them a try! And I happen to have a case of citrus fruit that was just given to me as a present. Now I know what to make with some of it!


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