Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mini Orange Cream Scones

I have been in love with Orange Scones ever since eating one from Panera Bread Company.

Sadly, the nearest Panera to my home, is about 2,000 miles away in Washington State.

Good thing I'm handy in the kitchen.

Here is my own version of Orange Scones:

To start, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, Place 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons flour.

Add 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

3 Tablespoons sugar

and 1/8 teaspoon salt

Give it all a stir.

Now take 6 Tablespoons of cold butter and slice them up.

Drop them into the flour mixture.

With a pastry blender, cut in the butter.

Cut the butter in until there are no butter bits larger than a pea.

Now with a fine grater, zest 2/3 of an orange.

Drop it into the bowl

And give it a stir.

Now measure out 1 cup of cold "Half & Half."

Add to that, 1 Tablespoon vanilla.

Give it a stir.

Pour it into the bowl.

Stir to combine....just.

Turn the dough out onto a floured counter, and pat it into a square, about 3/4 inch thick.

With a knife, cut the square into 9 squares, like a tic-tac-toe board.

Cut each of those squares in half diagonally. Place them on a baking sheet/stone.

Now take another 1/2 Tablespoon of butter, and cut it into little bits. Place one bit on the top of each scone.

Bake the scones for 10 - 12 minutes, or until they are just starting to get a golden color.

Now for the glaze.

Sift 1 cup of powdered sugar into a mixing bowl.

Zest the remaining 1/3 of the orange. With a sharp knife, chop the zest into little bits.

Drop the zest into the powdered sugar

Now take that poor, nekkid orange, and slice it in half.

Squeeze the juice through a little sieve, into a bowl or cup.

Now to the powdered sugar, add 1 Tablespoon of vanilla

And 2 Tablespoons of the juice from the orange.

Whisk it smooth.

With a spoon, put a little bit of the glaze on a scone...

And use the back of the spoon to spread it over the top.

After you have done this with all of the scones, enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Printable Version: Mini Orange Cream Scones