My daughters love scones and so do I.
I particularly love citrus-glazed baked goods so Tori and I set out looking for recipes this weekend for an orange -lazed scone. We are particularly fond of Panera Breads and wanted to make them petite like theirs are. The only problem with petite is:
#1 It in no way, shape or form refers to my body type..and
#2 That word just means you can eat 12 instead of one.
Anway, we looked at several recipes and combined some different ones together and came up with this one.
Scones are not hard to make since they don’t require rising. You just mix them up, roll them out, cut them and soon you’ll have fresh baked goodness ready to glaze and eat.
Start by getting all your dry ingredients into a bowl. Measure out four cups of flour and 1/2 cup of sugar. Also add in 4 teaspoons of baking powder and one teaspoon of salt. Next time I may try cutting back a bit on the baking powder – maybe to 3 teaspoons.
Take a whisk and stir this all up real good. Then zest up 2 oranges, and also squeeze out the juice into a bowl.
Sidenote – That is Tori’s arm. My daughters never go anywhere without a ponytail holder on their wrists.
Take a cup and 1/4 of very cold butter and slice it into thin slices.
You now need to mix this butter into your dry mixture. You can do this one of three ways.
Step 1 (not pictured) Cut it in with a pastry cutter. I hate this way. You can tell I’m not much of a baker 🙂
Step 2 – Throw all the dry ingredients in your food processor and toss the butter in as well and pulse until it resembles small crumbs. ( I chose this way, cuz well…it’s the easiest and fastest.)
Step three – work the butter in with your fingers, smashing it between your fingers with the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. ( I do not have the patience for this method at all!)
Either way you do it, it should look a little like damp sand when you’re done.
Of course, I’m totally assuming you know what “damp sand” looks like.
Now in your mixing bowl, crack in two eggs and then add in one cup of cold heavy cream. Just beat it up until the eggs are mixed into the cream.
Now take your dry mixture and dump it right into the mixing bowl and keeping your mixture on low, just slowly mix it until it it’s all mixed together well. Do NOT overmix!
Then scoop it out of your bowl onto a cutting board and knead it or fold it over in half once then press it with your palms. Do this 4 or 5 times.
Now take your dough and cut it in half. I use a scraper but you could use a large knife or just chop it with your hands.
Roll one half out into a rectangle that is about 1/2 inch thick. Make the sides as straight as possible. I actually took a 12 inch ruler and smashed the sides to make it straight. You could also take a pizza cutter and trim the sides against a straight edge.
Cut this in 3 equal pieces down the length of the dough and then cut it across into 15 squares.
Then cut diagonally across each square to make triangles.
Lay each triangle onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat.
Pop them into a 375º oven for about 17 minutes. Ovens vary, so check yours after 15. They should be golden brown. Remove them to cool.
While they’re cooling, make your glaze. Mix together 2 cups of sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 cup of orange juice And also, add in the orange zest.
**Tip (Add in the orange juice a few tablespoons at a time until consistency of Elmer’s glue).
Then take each little scone and invert it with the top right into the icing.
Sneak the first one all for yourself right then and there. And then let the rest harden a bit on some wax paper.
These little babies are highly addictive. I’m telling ya.
Katie’s Printable Recipe –Orange Glazed Petite Scones
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