Have you ever tried one of the orange scones from Panera? They are AMAZING. They’re my favorite bakery item on the menu, and I’ve always wanted to recreate them because I don’t go to Panera very often. One of the my Christmas presents this year was a pastry blender, something that was missing from my kitchen tools, and it happens to be the perfect tool for making scones! Naturally, I made some orange cream scones as soon as I got home from our little vacation to visit family for Christmas because I was really excited to have the right tool to make them. (thanks Andrew!)
These orange scones are making with a large dose of orange zest and heavy cream (hence the name, orange cream scones). Think of them as orange creamsicles in scone form! They’re topped with a sweet orange vanilla glaze, which has more orange zest and really helps bring out the orange flavor. Once baked, the scones are perfectly soft and crumbly. Nobody wants a hard scone! Watch carefully when baking and you’ll end up with perfectly soft scones that will melt in your mouth.
- 2 cups flour + more for work surface
- 4 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter, cold, cut into cubes
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp orange zest
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in one bowl. Cut in the chunks of butter and mix with a pastry blender until chunks are smaller than the size of a pea.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream and vanilla until smooth. Pour directly into the center of the flour mixture and whisk together as you pour. Stir until the dough forms (do not overmix).
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and work the dough with your hands into a large disk about 9 inches wide. Using a pizza cutter or a large knife, cut the disk into 8 triangles, place on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly brown on the bottoms.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 1 tbsp orange zest
Melt the butter in a small saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in the powdered sugar and stir until it dissolves. Then mix in the vanilla and heavy cream. You can either stir in orange zest or use it as topping – I used it as topping.
Once the scones are cooled, drizzle with the warm vanilla glaze. Sprinkle with additional orange zest if you desire. Let cool for several minutes (the glaze will begin to harden as it cools) and enjoy alongside a cup of tea!