Moist and buttery with a delicately crispy exterior, these Orange Scones with Cinnamon-Vanilla Glaze are infused with juicy citrus flavor and kissed with the perfect amount of sweet-spicy icing.
2.5 cups (11 oz) all-purpose flour
1 TB baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 TB (1/4 lb, 1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/2 cup (3.5 oz) granulated sugar
zest from one medium orange (about 2 tsp)
3/4 cup – 1 cup heavy cream
2 TB unsalted butter, melted
2 TB freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (not imitation)
pinch of salt
1 – 1.5 cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar, sifted
Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, combine granulated sugar and orange zest. Set aside.
In a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add butter chunks and using the mixer on low or cutting in by hand with a pastry cutter, combine until butter is the size of small peas. Blend in sugar/zest mixture.
Add 3/4 cup of cream and mix until soft dough begins to form. If the dough seems too dry, add a little more cream (a tablespoon at a time) until a soft but firm consistency is attained.
Form dough into a rough ball and transfer to a floured surface. Divide dough in half and pat each half into a roughly six-inch round – the dough should be about 3/4 inch thick. Cut each round into six wedges – or other shape of your choice. Use a sharp knife to cut so as not to drag the edges of scones down, which can impede a nice fluffy rise.
Transfer scones to parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between each. Bake at 425° for 18-20 mins, until bottoms are evenly browned and tops are beginning to turn golden.
While the scones are baking, make the glaze: Combine melted butter, orange juice, vanilla extract, and salt in a medium bowl. Sift 1 cup of the powdered sugar into the bowl and whisk to combine; if the glaze is too thin (it should be thick but pourable), add more powdered sugar until you get your desired consistency.
Cool scones completely before glazing (glazing while hot can make them soggy).
… tip for applying glaze: funnel glaze into an empty condiment squeeze bottle and drizzle in whatever creative pattern you choose