Spongy Orange Scones

Nothing amazes me more than trying out something new in baking and always getting excellent results out of it. The smell of freshness and baked goodies always make my day… 


These freshly baked scones do not only smell amazing but every bite into it, has a flavour of  freshness. This comes from the tiny pieces of orange peel put into the dough.


I can assure you that these scones taste amazingly delicious. If you are looking for a very orangy recipe then you definitely need to try this one… it is like an orange feast decked in a snack sized spongy scone for all you orange lovers out there. These scones have finely chopped orange peel, a couple of spoons of orange marmalade, and the pulp of oranges.

I had a lot of oranges lying around at home. So decided to incorporate a couple in my scones recipe… I love the outcome! I can certainly call this one of my delicious cravings. They are like small spongy, light and fluffy cakes yet have a slightly crisp top and bottom, and caramelised sides. I used these easy- peel oranges for this amazing recipe. You can have these scones as an evening treat with your tea or for breakfast in the morning or even as a brunch snack… They are very easy and quick to make. You can have them plain (which I prefer) by themselves or with some butter or any flavoured jam or marmalade. 

As long as I remember, I tried scones only after coming to London…I love them, both the sweet and savoury kind…Nigel, loves them too. He used to survive only having scones when he first came to this country. You can imagine how much he loves them! 

Another aspect I like about this recipe is that the scones don’t turn out to be too sweet. It’s the exact amount of sweetness you’ll need if you do not have a sweet tooth. 

Enjoy the recipe…


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar 
  • 2 orange peels finely chopped (approximately 1/4 cup) 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 125g cold butter (the one used for biscuits and pastry) cut into cubes 
  • 2tbsp Orange marmalade 
  • 2 small whole puréed oranges (approximately 1/3 cup) 
  • 1/3 cup cold Yoghurt 
  • 1/8 cup Cold milk


METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 180’C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and dust on some flour. 

Begin with peeling two oranges. Do not throw the peels away as you have to incorporate it into the dough. Scrape off the white bits which are inside the peel with a sharp knife and cut the peel into fine bits. 

Mix together into a large bowl all the dry ingredients i.e. flour,sugar, salt, peel and baking soda.

Throw in the cold butter cubes and marmalade. Mix well with your finger tips until it resembles breadcrumbs. 

Tip: Only use your finger tips so that the butter doesn’t melt.

Add in the mixture of cold milk, Yoghurt and puréed orange. 

Mix until well combined. Do not over mix.

Flour a flat surface well and place the dough on it… dust the top well with flour and roll it into a 2 inch thick sheet carefully without destroying the texture of the dough… Cut the dough into 9-10 equal pieces. Place each individual piece on the baking tray and bake for 20-25mins until the top gets slightly golden. 

Remove from the oven and separate each piece and place them on a cooling rack to cool evenly.. 

Serve them as an accompaniment to a hot cup of tea or coffee and with some jam/marmalade or butter. 


Thank you so much for stopping by!! 

Love, 

Vania❤️

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