This simple scone recipe with dried orange makes the best scones. Scones are best served fresh out of the oven, they become stale very quickly.
Adapted from Taste of Home, this scones recipe is easy and makes a small batch so there is less waste.
They are crumbly around the edges with a super flaky and buttery interior. They taste just like Panera orange scones, if not better.
With just a few ingredients and following the proper mixing method you will look like a Master Baker to your friends and family!
How to Make Perfect Scones?
There are 3 secrets to making the perfect scone:
First, use COLD ingredients. Keep the butter, milk and egg in the fridge until you are ready to use them. Cold butter releases steam during baking process, which helps to create a flaky scone.
Second, do not over mix the dough or you will have a hard, dense scone. This dough comes together very quickly.
Third, take the time to chill the scones after they are cut into wedges. This will prevent them from over spreading into a mess during baking.
What Do You Eat Scones With?
The most popular way to enjoy scones is with a cup of hot tea or coffee.
Orange scones can be topped with an orange glaze made with powdered sugar, orange zest and orange juice.
Scones can be dusted with powdered sugar or enjoyed with jam or honey.
You can also serve scones with clotted cream, just like the English.
Scone Baking Tips
- You can use pastry flour instead of all-purpose flour for a lighter scone.
- You can add orange extract, orange zest or orange juice to enhance the orange flavor.
- I always double pan my scones to prevent over browning on the bottom.
- I rotate my pan half way through the baking process to prevent burning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Freeze Scones?
Yes, you can. You can freeze them after they are cut into wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet. You can then bake them right away or store them in a Ziplock bag for up to 3 months.
Can I Use Other Dried Fruit?
Yes, of course you can. You can make this recipe your own by adding dried cranberries, golden raisins, chocolate chips or fresh berries.
You can also combine two or three dried fruits together to make scones.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This scone recipe is 285 calories per serving.
What to Serve with This Recipe?
Scones are great for afternoon tea. For a casual tea party with friends and family, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 1/2 cup dried orange pieces
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cold butter
- 3 tablespoons full milk (cold)
- 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse sugar
- Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Cut the dried orange into pieces.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, combine milk and 2 tablespoons beaten egg; add to crumb mixture just until moistened. Stir in dried orange pieces.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times. Pat into a 6-in. circle.
- Cut into eight wedges. Separate wedges and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes (optional step). Brush the scones with remaining egg, sprinkle with coarse sugar and bake at 425°F (218°C) for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.