Orange Zest Scones

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes       Although lately I've been much more of a coffee person than I've ever been before, I grew up being strictly a tea drinker. While I still love to dunk cookies into a warm drink, there aren't too many things than can beat a freshly made scone with your morning cup of tea (or coffee). My mom used to make these orange scones for us growing up and drizzle a sweet zesty icing on top. They are best just out the oven and perfect for a girls' brunch or special lazy Saturday breakfast.

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes)Orange Zest Scones, makes 8.

2 1/4 cups flour
5-6 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup cold butter in pieces
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup milk
1 egg (slightly beaten)

For the icing:

2-3 tablespoons warm butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
2 teaspoon orange juice
1-2 teaspoons milk

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes Mix together the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut in the pieces of cold butter and orange zest until the mixture looks like course crumbles.

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes Add in the orange juice, milk and egg and mix until combined. Transfer the sticky dough to a floured surface and gently fold in flour until the dough is only slightly sticky. 

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes Roll out the dough to make a 10" circle and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar on top of the dough. Use a pizza cutter to cut the circle into 8 sections (or 12 if you want smaller scones), and place the sections on a greased baking sheet or ungreased baking stone with a little room between the slices. 

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes Bake in a 400° oven for 15-17 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

For the icing, use a fork to mash together the warm butter and powdered sugar. Then add in the zest, juice and milk to form a runny buttercream type icing. If the icing is too thick, add more juice or milk, and if it's too runny, add more powdered sugar.

Drizzle the icing on the warm scones and serve immediately.

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes The scone itself is only lightly sweet, but it's balanced out by the light sugar coating and the sweet drizzled icing on top. If you aren't going to serve these right away, they will still be delicious, but I would wait to ice them until right before you serve your scones.

I have to say that I was having a bit of a rough week when I made these and the smell of the orange zest was so calming that baking these was kind of a stress relief from the rest of the day. I couldn't resist eating one right out of the oven, and it tasted so good and reminded me so much of home that I actually teared up a bit after my first bite. Whether you cry when you eat them or not, I hope making these becomes a happy memory for you too! xo. Laura

Credits/ Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.