Blood Orange Scones

Scones and biscuits are my new favorite items in the carbohydrates category.
They can be sweet or savory, be served at breakfast or dinner.  Double win.
 Blood oranges are great…and look how pretty they are.

you will need:
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
zest of 3 blood oranges
3 1/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups cold butter, cut into pieces
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
juice of 1/2 blood orange
2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 425° and line baking sheets with parchment.  In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar with about 1/2 of the grated orange zest. Rub together with your fingers until combined and fragrant.

In large bowl combine flour, prepared orange sugar, salt, baking soda and powder. Using your fingers, a fork or a pastry blender, cut in butter until it forms coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla, and add half of the remaining orange zest. Add the juice from 1/2 of one blood orange. Stir with a spoon until a dough forms, using your hands to bring it together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently, just to be sure the dough is combined well.

Pat dough into a large round circle on your lightly floured counter. Use a biscuit cutter to make rounds (or hearts like mine!) or just cut into wedges. Place atop the parchment-lined baking sheets.  Combine the remaining sugar and orange zest. Brush each scone with melted butter and sprinkle with orange sugar.

Bake for  10 to 12 minutes, watching carefully so they do not burn on the bottoms. Drizzle with blood orange glaze while still warm.

for the glaze:
the juice of one blood orange
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Stir ingredients together in a small bowl until a smooth glaze forms. Depending on how juicy your orange is, you may need more juice or more sugar, so adjust accordingly in little bits at a time.

*They are super delicious warm, but keep well for a couple of days.  Store in foil or containers, not plastic bags.
**Note: I highly recommend using the leftover blood orange juice to make one of these!

makes: about 12-16 scones, depending upon size
time: 25 min prep + baking time
from: How Sweet It Is

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2 Comments

  1. Posted February 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    beautiful photos, lady!

  2. Posted March 4, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Oh My GOSH these look so fantastic!!!!
    I will definitely be making these:)

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