Orange Scones


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Treat yourself to the delightful flavors of orange with these irresistibly delicious Orange Scones. Bursting with citrusy goodness, these scones are the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee or afternoon tea. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through a step-by-step recipe to create these buttery, flaky scones infused with the refreshing taste of oranges. Get ready to indulge in a delightful treat that will brighten your day!

Orange Scones are a delightful pastry with a rich history that can be traced back to the British Isles. Scones, in general, have been enjoyed in the British and Irish culinary traditions for centuries. They were initially made with oats and cooked on a griddle.

  • The word “scone” is believed to have originated from the Dutch word “schoonbrot,” which means “fine bread.” It’s a testament to the Scottish and English heritage of these baked goods.
  • As scones evolved, variations incorporating different flavors and ingredients emerged. The addition of citrus zest, like orange, added a delightful twist to the traditional scone.
  • Orange Scones are known for their tender, flaky texture and the bright, citrusy flavor that comes from orange zest and juice.

Today, Orange Scones are enjoyed around the world, often served with tea, coffee, or as part of brunch or afternoon tea.

Orange Scones

Orange scones are a delightful twist on traditional scones, adding a burst of zesty flavor to the classic recipe. These tender and buttery scones are infused with fresh orange zest and drizzled with a tangy orange glaze, resulting in a delightful balance of sweetness and citrusy tang. Whether enjoyed warm out of the oven or at room temperature, these scones are a delicious treat for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea. With their beautiful aroma and vibrant flavor, Orange Scones are sure to impress your family and friends.

Tools and Equipment

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 15 mins Rest Time 15 mins Total Time 50 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 8 Calories: 319.54 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


For the Scones:

For the Orange Glaze:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

  3. Add the cold cubed butter to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  4. Stir in the orange zest until evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla extract.

  6. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until the dough starts to come together. Be careful not to overmix.

  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead the dough a few times until it comes together.

  8. Roll out the dough to about 3/4-inch thickness. Use a round biscuit cutter or a glass to cut out scones. Place the scones onto the prepared baking sheet.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown.

  10. While the scones are baking, prepare the orange glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, fresh orange juice, and orange zest until smooth.

  11. Once the scones are baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

  12. Drizzle the orange glaze over the cooled scones. Allow the glaze to set for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 319.54kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12.48g20%
Saturated Fat 7.43g38%
Cholesterol 54.47mg19%
Sodium 345.5mg15%
Potassium 79.41mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 47.55g16%
Dietary Fiber 0.95g4%
Sugars 22.74g
Protein 4.67g10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Please note that the nutritional values provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. It's always best to double-check with your specific ingredients and measurements for accurate nutritional information.


Tips and Variations:
  • For added texture and flavor, fold in 1/2 cup of dried cranberries or white chocolate chips into the scone dough.
  • If you prefer a stronger orange flavor, add an extra teaspoon of orange zest to the scone dough.
  • Serve the scones warm with a dollop of clotted cream or your favorite fruit preserves.
  • Experiment with other citrus fruits like lemon or lime for a variation on the flavor.
  • Make-ahead tip: You can prepare the scone dough the night before and refrigerate it. In the morning, simply roll out the dough, cut the scones, and bake as directed.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Enjoy Orange Scones on their own for breakfast or as a delightful afternoon treat with a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Serve with clotted cream or whipped cream and your favorite jam or marmalade.
  • Create a brunch spread by serving the scones alongside fresh fruit, yogurt, and a selection of cheeses.
Allergen Information:
  • Orange Scones typically contain common allergens like wheat (gluten), dairy (butter or cream), and eggs. Individuals with allergies or dietary restrictions should be cautious when consuming or preparing these scones and may explore alternative recipes using allergen-free ingredients.
Wine or Drink Pairing:
  • Orange Scones pair wonderfully with a variety of beverages, including black tea, herbal tea, coffee, or a glass of sparkling wine.
  • For a delightful twist, consider serving them with a mimosa or a citrus-infused cocktail to enhance the orange flavor.
Storage and Leftovers:
  • Orange Scones are best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two.
  • To reheat, place them in an oven preheated to 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes until warm. You can also briefly toast them for a delightful crispy texture.
  • Leftover scones can be repurposed into a dessert by serving them with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of orange-infused syrup.
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