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Posted in Baking/Cooking by R @ Learning As I Chop on April 1, 2011

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For the past week, I have been treating myself to a lovely homemade muffin each morning. I especially like these muffins, because they are made with wholewheat flour and relatively little sugar, while using healthy ingredients, such as orange zest and fresh blueberries, to spice em up. As I enjoyed one this morning, I pondered this delicious combination and thought about all of the other yummy treats this duo could provide. So imagine my happy surprise when twitter gave me this recipe:

Orange Glazed Blueberry Scones

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unbleached flour, plus more for rolling berries
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut in chunks
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar; mix thoroughly. Cut in butter using 2 forks or a pastry blender. The butter pieces should be coated with flour and resemble crumbs.

In another bowl, mix buttermilk and egg together, and then add to the flour mixture. Mix just to incorporate, do no overwork the dough.

Roll blueberries in flour to coat, this will help prevent the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the scone when baked. Fold the blueberries into batter, being careful not to bruise. Drop large tablespoons of batter on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until brown. Cool before applying orange glaze.

Orange Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 oranges, juiced and zested

To prepare Orange Glaze: combine butter, sugar, orange zest, and juice over a double boiler. Cook until butter and sugar are melted and mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and beat until smooth and slightly cool. Drizzle or brush on top of scones and let glaze get hazy and hardened.

I am a big scone fan and cannot wait to try them. Onto the baking list they go.  I have a feeling we all will love them. Enjoy!

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  1. sari said, on April 4, 2011 at 10:34 am

    do you make muffin mix ahead and just bake one muffin each morning or do you bake a whole batch and freeze them to defrost one by one?

  2. R @ Learning As I Chop said, on April 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I bake all of them at once and then “store” them in my cake stand that has a top. Looks pretty and they stay fresh through the week.


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