Thursday, June 25, 2015

orange cardamom cream scones

I'm loving our Summer break from school!

Although it seems like I'm busier than ever, I'm enjoying the change of pace. My schedule isn't dictated by drop-offs and pick-ups three times a day, so the extra time and freedom allows for more fun in the kitchen . . . and PLAY.

The three little ones and I made strawberry lemonade this morning, which we enjoyed when we returned home from the park. I love lemonade in the Summer! It's such a treat!

And along with the lemonade, we enjoyed these scones for an afternoon snack. Yum!

I made them last weekend so that we could take a few with us on our Father's Day picnic at the beach. 

They're so light and delicious! 

Cardamom and orange are an amazing combination! Just a little cardamom adds a warm, floral note to the scones . . . making the bright citrus orange flavor taste like it's been wrapped in a big, warm hug. 

I've shared many scone variations on this blog, but this one is my favorite!

I can't wait for you to try it, too!

orange cardamom cream scones
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2 cups all purpose flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces and chilled
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
zest of 1 large orange
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Adjust the oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pulse flour, sugar, baking powder, cardamom, and salt together in a food processor to combine, about 3 pulses.

Scatter butter evenly over top and continue to pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with some slightly larger pieces of butter, about 12 more pulses.

*If you don't have a food processor, then a pastry cutter or fork will do just fine.

Add orange zest to 1 cup of heavy cream; stir to scatter and suspend zest.

Stir in cream until dough begins to form, about 30 seconds.

Turn dough and any floury bits out onto floured counter and knead until rough, slightly sticky ball forms, 5 to 10 seconds.

Take care NOT to over-work the dough. It will be VERY crumbly, and that's OK.

Pat dough into 9-inch round and cut into 8 wedges.

Place wedges on prepared baking sheet. Bake until tops of scones are lightly golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking.

Prepare orange glaze.

Transfer baking sheet to wire rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes.

Drizzle vanilla bean glaze over the top of the scones.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

orange glaze
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1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest           
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice, or as needed

Whisk sugar with orange zest and orange juice in a small bowl until smooth.
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In a medium bowl, prepare the glaze by mixing together the confectioners’ sugar,
orange zest, and orange juice.  
Whisk until smooth. 
Drizzle on top of scones, or dip the tops into the glaze. 
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more scones . . .

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I love reading your comments and appreciate them so much!


  1. looks good. Will be trying them when the weather is cooler.

  2. If I had the cream, I'd be making these first thing in the morning. Seriously. Darn it.

  3. These look delish! I love having scones with a nice cup of tea. Thank you for the recipes....

  4. I invite you to share this yumminess at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. You can link up through Saturday at midnight. Hugs!

  5. Boy do these ever look good. I've never tried to make scones before -- I know that's hard to believe as much as I like to bake. You've given me some great inspiration to do so this week. Have a wonderful week. Big hugs,

  6. These look melt-in-your-mouth delicious! I love the combination of orange and muffins or scones, and can't wait to try these. Hope you are having a good week with the kids all home!!

  7. If I didn't know better, I would've thought that these scones were Panera Breads! WOW! You did a fabulous job, and I'm almost certain that these are much yummier:)

  8. Oh my, wish I had one in my hand right now! I love scones and they look delicious!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. Your scones look amazing Suzanne! Pinned to try soon...I'm embarrassed to admit I never cook with cardamon, time to change that!

  10. Looks delicious, Suzanne and I love your new blog look!

  11. I have been baking scones for 30 years or more and cannot for the life of me get mine to ever rise like yours do.

    I have tried everything I know of and can't get them to do that.

    Your scones look heavenly - I have tea time every day and tea parties often and I soooooo want to make your scones, dang it! Going to try your recipe. I know they won't rise like that, but I shall try anyway, haha.

    Thank you!!

  12. Oh my goodness, two of my favorite flavors! I am anxious to try these scones...they look delicious!

  13. I love scones, this version with the orange and cardamom sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  14. These treats are beautiful! I love cardamom. What a special treat for your family to enjoy. You have such a lovely blog and gorgeous photos. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

  15. I just made these scones today and they are wonderful! Great flavor, light and flakey! I will definitely be making them again!

  16. This are so DELISH!!!! Love, LOVE them in fact the whole family love them!! The balance of flavor or exquisite for me cardamom go with orange ... it always did and àways will! Thankbyou so much gor sharing this wonder!

  17. I just made these and they didn't cook all the way through. What would cause that? Should I lower the baking temp and extend the baking time?

  18. These really didn't taste like orange without the glaze, and not at all like cardamom. My roommate and I were pretty disappointed. I made them again but I added 2 tsp of cardamom instead and about 1/4 cup orange juice to the heavy cream (and added a smidge less heavy cream to compensate). So much better!! I also corrected the baking time. Most other recipes have them baked at 375 degrees, so I went off what was most used, especially by professional bakers.

  19. Also, you say to drizzle vanilla bean glaze over the scones, but you mean orange glaze.

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  27. Made these for my 28 month old Granddaughter and I today for afternoon tea. They are buttery, creamy delicious. Great for a hot Texas summer day.


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