Orange Scones

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From cranberry scones to savory bacon-swiss scones to the scone that started it all: the vanilla bean scone (hubby’s personal favorite), I just can’t help coming up with new versions of this recipe. This time I went with orange; I’ve made orange scones in the past, but I used a different recipe that isn’t nearly as good as this one. I just loved the burst of citrus flavor in these; it was like a ray of sunshine in the middle of all this cold and dreary weather. Whether you’re looking for a new breakfast idea for the weekend or are stuck at home buried in all the snow, make these scones to help chase away the winter blues!

  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/8 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest

For the topping:

  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut the butter into tablespoon-sized pieces and incorporate it into the dry ingredients.

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In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, half and half, orange juice, and orange zest.

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Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

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Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead to combine. Separate the dough into halves. Shape each half of the dough into a circle and then cut each half into four wedges. Pull the wedges apart just a bit and then brush with orange juice. Sprinkle with the granulated sugar.

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Place the pan of scones in the freezer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. Then, remove the scones from the freezer and put them right in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. When the scones are done, remove them to a wire rack to cool.

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42 Responses to “Orange Scones”

  1. 1 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Oh my gosh… Panera’s orange scones are one of my favorite things. I bet I would love these!

  2. 2 Liz @ BLog is the New Black Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I’m a scone freak now, too! I love the idea of orange scones, and how fitting that I am buying orange extract today for something else?!

  3. 3 Maria Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I am loving all things citrus right now. I can’t wait to make your scones!

  4. 4 JenniferA Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Oh, these would really hit the spot right now with this cup of ginger peach green tea I am drinking!

  5. 5 Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Oh, those look delicious! You are making me want to do some breakfast baking!!

  6. 6 Sandy Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Hey have you had the chance to use your scone pan? I was wondering if it would work for you :)

  7. 7 Lisa Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I’ve been on a scone kick as well and am eager to try new versions, especially when the base recipe is a good one like yours. Your orange version sounds so zesty and I love citrus flavors. I’ll have to check out your other scones too.

  8. 8 Marie Baars Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I think I am going to make these for breakfast tomorrow.

    Putting the dough in the freezer is a trick I really need to try. It seems like the key to beautiful scones!

  9. 9 Tracy Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Sandy – I haven’t gotten to use the scone pan yet; I made these scones before Christmas. But I’m excited to try it out! :-)

  10. 10 SMITH BITES Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    i do love me a great scone – orange is screaming my name!!

  11. 11 Amanda Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Beautiful picks and what a neat recipe!!

  12. 12 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Tracy, these look really really good! I never thought to mix orange juice into scones. Innovative.

  13. 13 naomi Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I’m okay with all versions, keep it coming! I love scones!

  14. 14 Nancy @SensitivePantry Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Yum. Yum. Yum. I am in love with scones of all flavors. And, just made some orange oatmeal scones. Yours are absolutely lovely!

  15. 15 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Yum! These orange scones look wonderful. I really need to get back to baking soon!

  16. 16 Aimee @ Simple Bites Says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    You’ve sold me on scones tomorrow! One of our favorite add-ins is chopped candied ginger and lemon zest. So decadent!

  17. 17 bridget {bake at 350} Says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    These look DELICIOUS, Tracy!

  18. 18 Jenny Flake Says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Mmmm, if I could only order a dozen right now! Looks fabulous!

  19. 19 Katrina Says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    These scones look so perfect!

  20. 20 Kay @ The Church Cook Says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I just adore all types of scones but orange is my favorite! This looks beautiful, Tracy. I bet your your home was filled with heavenly citrus and butter aroma!

  21. 21 Margaret Says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I made and canned Manderin Orange Jam and Meyer Lemon Curd last week. They have been sitting in the pantry screaming at me to make them some scones. These will be perfect! Thank you, thank you! I’m headed to the kitchen right now!

  22. 22 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Love these! I love scones and your orange version looks fantastic

  23. 23 Joanne @ FifteenSpatulas.com Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I love taking a base recipe and experimenting with different flavors! I think orange flavored scones are just classic though =)

  24. 24 Maris (In Good Taste) Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    These look super refreshing! Perfect with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

  25. 25 Jamie | My Baking Addiction Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Scones make me weak in the knees…in fact, I’m mildly obsessed with them. These look and sound delicious!

  26. 26 Robyn | Add a Pinch Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Oh how I love scones. I think I might just have to make these this week. They look delicious!

  27. 27 Miss Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I love scones and these look so good right now. I try to make a different flavor combo every time and I can’t wait to try these.

  28. 28 Margaret Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    OOPS! That was supposed to be a link to All Recipies facebook page, not mine! How can I remove that?

  29. 29 Tracy Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Margaret – I deleted your comment, so you can re-post with the correct link if you like. I’m glad you enjoyed the scones!

  30. 30 Raina Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I love scones, but can you believe I have never made them? Yours would be perfect with my morning tea:)

  31. 31 Cookin' Canuck Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    What a wonderful way to bring a little sunshine into the kitchen on a gray winter’s day!

  32. 32 Wenderly Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I can just taste (and smell) the fresh, vibrant citrus right now! YUM!

  33. 33 Kristen Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Would you believe I’ve never made scones? I always want to but it is never the first thing that comes to mind when I’m baking. These look so good!

  34. 34 Karen @ Oldfangled Says:
    January 26th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I made your cranberry scones and I’m now a HUGE fan of scones! I need to make these orange ones next. Yum!

  35. 35 Joni Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Today was my first attempt at making scones and they turned out great. Love the orange flavor…..like a little bit of sunshine on a cold/gloomy day.

  36. 36 SweetSugarBelle Says:
    March 2nd, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Found these on stumbleupon! I will definitely be making them!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. 37 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I just blogged about these scones and they are incredible!! They have to be one of my favorites! Thank you so much for the recipe! :)

  38. 38 Laura Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    SOON.
    Very, SOON.

  39. 39 Jose Says:
    February 11th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Very good. Made them today

  40. 40 Corianne Says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Wow! Just made these, and they are AMAZING! I replaced half the flour with whole wheat flour and I LOVE them! Thank you for an amazing recipe! yum yum

  41. 41 marilyn f Says:
    June 7th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Just made these for afternoon tea with myneighbor….pictures don’t do them jusice,,,,outstanding

  42. 42 john Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Tracy, these are so perfect. I’ve never made scones, and since you made it look so easy (it is), and had great photos, I am happy to report I have just made my first batch, thank you!!!

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