Orange Scones are tender, buttery, and infused with loads of orange flavor and drizzled with an orange powdered sugar glaze.
Have you ever had the orange scones at Panera? If you have, then you know how scrumptious they are. So full of bright orange flavor. So decadent.
Those scones were my inspiration for this recipe. I really wanted to infuse tons of orange flavor. To accomplish this, I added both orange juice and zest to the dough. Then, I finished the scones with a powdered sugar glaze spiked with more orange juice and more zest. The flakes of zest are so pretty. There is no mistaking these are Orange scones.
- cake flour
- sugar – both granulated and powdered for the glaze
- heavy cream
- baking powder
- oranges – zest and juice
Tips for making scones
- Cold butter is essential for flaky scones. After forming the scones, chill them while the oven preheats to ensure the butter is cold.
- Freeze the butter and then grate it to add to the flour. This takes the place of cutting the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter. These small shards of frozen butter create a very flaky texture. If you don’t have time to freeze the butter, using cold butter in the tip above works just fine.
- Cake flour yields an extra tender crumb, but all-purpose flour can certainly be used.
- Don’t overwork the dough. This will create a tough dough. Work the dough just enough to bring it together and form the scones.
- Fresh orange zest and juice – this is a must! The zest packs so much fresh citrus flavor, as does the juice. And the zest is so pretty!
These scones are buttery and light. The cake flour yields a tender crumb. The orange juice and zest provide lots of bright orange flavor. These scones are fabulous! Grab a coffee and enjoy a scrumptious orange scone. If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below and tag me on Instagram @mycasualpantry.
You may also enjoy these scone recipes:
- Raspberry White Chocolate Scone Loaf
- Lemon Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
- Maple Chai Scones
- Cherry Chocolate Almond Scones
- Glazed Chocolate Chunk Scones
A tender, buttery scone infused with loads of orange flavor and drizzled with an orange powdered sugar glaze.
- 7 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
- 2 1/4 cups cake flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- zest and juice from 3 oranges, divided
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- orange juice, approx. 1/4 cup or as needed for desired consistency
Zest and juice the oranges. Set aside.
Note: 1/2 of the zest will be added to the dough; the remaining half will be reserved for the glaze.
1/4 cup of the orange juice will be used in the dough. Approx. 1/4 cup will be used to make the glaze.
In a mixing bowl, add cubed butter and cake flour. Use a pastry cutter to "cut" the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (Alternatively, freeze the butter, then grate and stir into the flour.) Gently stir in the sugar, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 tablespoon of the orange zest (approx. half of the zest from three oranges).
Add the heavy cream and 1/4 cup of the orange juice (for one cup total liquid). Stir until dough comes together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board. Form the dough into a circle one inch thick. Cut into 6 equal pieces. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Chill while the oven preheats.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool.
For the icing, in a small bowl, combine the melted butter, powdered sugar, remaining orange zest, and enough orange juice to achieve desired consistency. Approx. 1/4 cup will yield a drizzling consistency.
Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days. The scones will be freshest if eaten in 1-2 days.