Orange Zest Raisin Scones

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Mother’s day is coming up around the corner! Have you decided what to treat your mom for the occasion? If not, how about some tea and homemade scones to celebrate? Who doesn’t want a little bite in the afternoon and catch up over some warm tea at home?

I woke up this morning having the urge to make some scones for today. Since I have a couple oranges sitting at home, I decided to use its zest in my scones to add a bit of natural flavoring and aromatic. I bought a little bit of raisins to go with it, as I like to enjoy some extra textures in my baked goods. These scones came out airy and tender! The slight orange note and sweetness from the raisins brought a wholesome and indulgent experience.

You can always substitute orange zest with lemon zest, or raisins with cranberries. Even fresh blueberries or chocolate chips will do the trick too! Baking recipes are always versatile and adaptable to your own preferences. These scones are a must-try!

This recipe yields 12 scones, and ready to be served in 45 minutes!


Things you’ll need…

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs (1 for dough, 1 for egg wash)
  • 1/3 cup Cold Unsalted Butter (Cubed)
  • 5 tbsp Cold Milk
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Filling

  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • Zest of 1 Medium Orange (Around 1 tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Add in cubed cold butter and using a pastry blender or by hand, cut or rub the butter into the flour mixture until it turns into a course crumb texture (no big chunks of butter left)
  3. Stir in raisins and orange zest
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together 1 egg and milk
  5. Make a well at the center of the flour mixture, then pour in the milk mixture
  6. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients from the sides into the liquid ingredients until a malleable dough comes together as one (avoid over working the dough!)
  7. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured working surface
  8. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to a round shape that is 1-inch thick
  9. Use a knife to evenly cut the dough into 12 triangular pieces (like a pizza!)
  10. Whisk up another egg and brush a thin layer onto each scone dough
  11. Put your scones into the fridge for 15-30 minutes for the butter to firm up and to allow the scones to retain their shape while baking later
  12. Preheat your oven to 400F as you wait for your scones to cool in the fridge
  13. Put your scones onto a baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the top of the scones are golden brown
  14. Remove from oven and let cool slightly (enjoy the orange aromatics in the mean time!)
  15. Best served warm!

Please let me know your comments and suggestions about how these delectable and fruity scones turned out!

♡LC

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