Orange-Current Scones

Thursday, March 17, 2011
I am a self-confessed scone-aholic. For St Paddy's breakfast, I almost always make scones....this year I served these wonderful Orange-Current scones with Sweet Cream Irish Butter, Orange Marmalade and Irish Breakfast Tea....such a treat!

Orange-Current Scones
(Printable Version)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
8 Tbs. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup currants
1 egg
Zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup cream

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a scone pan, or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and pulse to combine. Add the butter and using a pastry blender, blend until pea-sized crumbs. Stir in the currants.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, cream and orange zest until blended and add to the flour mixture. Using a fork, stir until large, moist clumps of dough are formed.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press together with your hands until the dough comes together. Roll out the dough, flouring as needed, into a 10-inch round about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 8 equal-size wedges. Press each wedge into a well of the prepared scone pan, or place the wedges 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake until the scones are golden, about 25 minutes. Invert the scone pan onto a rack and lift off the pan, or transfer the scones from the baking sheet to the rack. Let the scones cool for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 8 scones.

Posting to Michael's Foodie Friday and Alii's Sweet Tooth Friday!

9 comments:

  1. LDH said...:

    I am trying hard to cut down the number of recipes I copy because my files are way too large and because I will have to live longer than Noah to make them all. But I will make an exception with this one because I love to make scones and it sounds so good with the orange.

    Thank you for posting!

  1. I love, love a good scone first thing in the morning.

    I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/03/17/soft-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies/

  1. Yum! I have been really craving scones lately. Wish I was at your house this morning.

  1. That sounds like a wonderful breakfast Gail, would have loved to join you! Happy Friday:@)

  1. Shug said...:

    SCONES...one of my favorite of foods....And anything orange or cranberry...YUMMY.
    My tummy is growling right now and your picture made it get louder...
    Thanks for posting the recipe..
    Shug

  1. oh how I love scones, I was wanting to make some for this weekends drive to the cities. 4 hours to a fun shopping trip to IKEA!! Scones will be a great tag a long!

  1. Gail, these look sooooo good. I can never find currants where I live -- growing up we used to have a currant bush and make jelly with it. Joni

  1. Inspired2cook said...:

    I love scones!!! I might have to make these this weekend!
    http://www.inspired2cook.com/

  1. Gail, those have to be the MOST delicious looking scones I've seen in a long, long while. (I should not have stopped by before breakfast!)
    Blessings, ~m.

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