Crispy, flaky, and delicious scones, topped with a rich and creamy orange glaze, these Orange Cream Scones make a great summertime treat that will entice you with just a glance. The delicious citrus-flavored glaze will leave your sweet tooth feeling satisfied.
I made these delicious scones using simple methods and equipment. You can prep a batch in just 25 minutes and bake it in an additional 15 minutes. Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately, combine them, and top with the glaze once you’ve finished baking them.
Not only are these scones easy to make and delicious to eat, but they cost little to make! This recipe is composed of simple and inexpensive ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand right now. With this recipe, you won’t have to worry about spending outside your budget!
How To Serve Orange Cream
Serve these tangy scones warm or at room temperature. Have one in the morning for breakfast with your favorite coffee blend, between meals as an indulgent snack, or as a post-dinner dessert with a scoop of ice cream.
This recipe yields 8 delicious scones, the perfect amount for breakfast with the fam; bring them with you on a picnic and share with that special someone. Have it for brunch with a few friends, or take it to a potluck. Trust me; everyone will love you for it!
Bowls– You’ll need at least 2-3 bowls, one large and two small. Metal or glass bowls are good to use.
Pastry Blender– you will need a pastry blender to cut the butter into the dry ingredients. You can also use your hands to do this.
Baking Sheet– You can use a baking sheet, sheet pan, or cookie sheet to baked the scones.
Basting Brush– Use this or a silicone brush.
Orange Zest– To get the required amount of zest, I used a zester to grate it from 1 large orange. I also used it in the glaze for eye appeal and flavor.
Butter– For these scones, I used cold butter like this, when mixed with dry ingredients, gave the scone a flaky texture.
Eggs– Trying to avoid eggs? No worries, you can replace the egg in this recipe with 1/4 cup of plain yogurt or buttermilk.
Sour Cream– If you don’t have any sour cream, make some with a mixture of heavy cream and lemon juice. Combine 3/4 teaspoon and 1/4 cup
Orange Cream Scones Ingredients
- Flour– Combined with the other dry ingredients and zest.
- Salt– Acts as a flavor enhancer.
- Baking Powder– Leavens the scones during baking.
- Sugar– Gives a sweet taste to the scones.
- Orange Zest– Adds a citrus flavor to the mixture.
- Butter– Cubed and cut into the dry ingredients.
- Egg– Combined with heavy cream, sour cream, and vanilla.
- Heavy Cream– Gives the scones a rich flavor.
- Sour Cream– Adds a creamy and tangy flavor to the mixture.
- Vanilla– Gives a delicious aroma and flavor to the scones and glaze.
- Icing Sugar– Mixed with the melted butter, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla
- Melted Butter– Stirred together with the other glaze ingredients until smooth.
- Orange Juice– Gives a citrus flavor to the glaze.
How To Make Creamy Orange Scones
- Set your oven to 400 degrees F, then prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and orange zest.
- Using a pastry blender, cut the butter cubes into the dry ingredients until the texture becomes crumbly and resembles moist crumbs.
- Mix all the wet ingredients in a small bowl, then combine it with the flour mixture to form a dough.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface and pat the dough into a 1-inch thick disk.
- Cut out 8 triangles from the circle and place them on the line sheet with about 1-2 inches between them.
- Brush with the extra heavy cream and bake for about 16 minutes.
- Remove them from the oven when baked and make the glaze as they cool.
- Combine the melted butter, vanilla, orange juice, and zest, and icing sugar a cup at a time until thick and smooth enough to pour.
- Top each scone with the glaze and enjoy.
Once I had combined all the dry ingredients with the orange zest, I place the cold butter cubes into the mixture and combine the two. Why use cold butter? I used cold butter because this helps make the scone’s texture flaky and prevents the fat from weeping.
Alternative Mixing Method
I combined the dry ingredients with the cold butter cubes using a pastry cutter; this made it very easy for me to quickly incorporate the butter into the dry mixture. There is, however, another even faster way of doing it, use a food processor.
Just add the butter and dry ingredients to the processor and pulse a few times until you achieved the crumbly texture.
How To Store Orange Cream Scones
So you’ve made a batch of these tasty scones and served them up to your friends and family, but now you have some leftovers that you want to store, right? Here’s how you can do it, place a single layer of scones in a plastic dish(with a lid)and keep it for 1-2 days at room temperature.
To store them for longer, place the scone in a single layer into a freezer-safe bag, close, and freeze for up to 3 months.
These tasty dessert items are easy and cheap to make. You can eat them almost any time of the day. Breakfast, lunch, snack-time, or even dessert, these treats will be delicious whenever you choose to indulge your taste buds in the delightful experience.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbs baking powder
- 1/3 sugar
- 1 tbs orange zest
- 1/2 cup cold butter (cubed)
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup heavy cream + extra to brush
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 to 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 3 tbs butter (melted)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 2 tbs orange juice (freshly squeezed)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F or 200°C. Line a sheet pan with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and orange zest, then use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles crumbs.
- In a smaller bowl, mix the heavy cream, sour cream, egg, and vanilla, then stir in the flour mixture until combined into a dough.
- On a clean and floured surface, shape the dough into a circle one inch in thickness, then use a knife to cut 8 triangles from it. Place the triangles on the prepared baking sheet with even space between them.
- Brush each scone's tops with heavy cream and bake in the preheated oven for 15-16 minutes or until golden brown in color.
- Once baked, set the scones aside to cool and make the glaze.
- In a small bowl, combine the 1 cup of icing sugar, melted butter, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Drizzle the glaze on top of each scone and serve.