LEMON SCONES WITH BLOOD ORANGE GLAZE
By Roxana Vosough
I do thoroughly enjoy blood oranges! However, sometimes I find them not to be as sweet, as I would like. This notion inspired a delightful marmalade glaze to accompany classically baked scones.
Lemon Scones with Blood Orange Glaze
For the Scones:
(makes 12 scones)
3 cups (470 g) all-purpose (plain) flour
5 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Grated zest of 1 lemon, preferably organic
8 Tbsp (135 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup (250 ml) cold buttermilk
For the Glaze:
2 Blood Oranges
4 Tblsp of powdered sugar
Zest of one Blood Orange
Juice of 1 1/2 Blood Orange (more if you want a bit more bitternes)
For the Scones:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
In a bowl, stir together, flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest
Add the butter to the flour mixture
Using your hands, rub the butter into the flour mixture, until the mixture resembles course crumbs
Add the buttermilk to the flour mixture, stir until a sticky dough forms
Turn the dough to a lightly floured surface
Gently knead the dough 8-10 strokes, the dough should be very soft
Form the dough into a loose rectangle, about 1 1/2 inches (4cm) thick
Begin to cut the dough into 4 inch squares, and then cut the squares diagonally, to create 2 triangles
Place the scones 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on a prepared baking sheet.
Bake the scones at 425 degrees for about 14-18 minutes (I find that 15.5 minutes is just right!) until golden
For the glaze
In a small bowl, add 4 Tbsp of confectioners sugar, zest of one blood orange and then squeeze the juice of 2 blood oranges
Take the remaining blood oranges, and cut the rind & pulp up, into small squares (approximately)
Toss the squares into the small bowl, and stir
The glaze will only get better with time, so enjoy!
For the presentation
Serve warm scone, with a spoonful of glaze on top and a warm cup of coffee (french press suggested), and perhaps open up the front page of MMJ. to take a nice read through!
Roxana Vosough, is the Founder & Publisher of Mode-Moderne Journal
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