Light, tender, and flavorful! These easy Citrus Scones are the best spring scones recipe. I use a mix of orange, lemon, and mandarins for an amazing light and zesty scone that will brighten any morning!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Seasonal Recipe: This recipe for Citrus Scones uses Meyer lemons and mandarins which are only in season a certain time of year. Using seasonal produce is one of my favorite things because not only does it taste amazing and pack more nutrients, but it makes it really special as you can only get it during that certain time of year!
Zesty & Sweet: These Citrus Scones are zesty and sweet! I use the zest of the Meyer lemons and mandarins inside the scones and then the juice for the glaze. This way you get both a sweet and zesty citrus flavor!
Anytime Snack: This recipe is an amazing anytime snack. While it's sweet and zesty, you can enjoy these Citrus Scones for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon snack, or even as dessert! I love pairing them with milk and tea.
Ingredients for Citrus Scones
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How to Make Citrus Scones
The first step is mixing together the dry ingredients: all purpose flour, cane sugar, baking powder, sea and sea salt.
Next, I grate the butter. I use a large box grater for this, similar to pizza cheese size. Grate the butter and add to the flour mixture, but don't mix yet. Add in the egg, whipping cream, orange flavor, lemon flavor, lemon zest, and mandarin zest. Then mix together on low. I like to finish this with my hands as I feel the mixer doesn't get it all, and it's easier.
Form the dough into a round disk that is about 7-inches in diameter. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the scones into 6 triangles (like a pie!) and separate them and place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Brush the scones with the heavy whipping cream using a pastry brush. Then, pop the tray in the fridge and let them sit for least 30 minutes. If they are in there for a few hours, that's no big deal either!
Bake the scones, and watch them rise in the oven! I love how large scones get after baking them, they really come to life in the oven. Allow them to cool completely before glazing. If you are baking at high altitude, be sure to look at the bottom of the recipe in the Notes section for the high altitude instructions.
In a bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and mandarin juice until it forms a smooth glaze. Drizzle it over the tops of the scones.
Do I need a stand mixer for this recipe?
No, you don't need one, but it's just easier! If you are not using a stand mixer you can do this by hand. This dough will be dry so it will be a little bit more work, but you can do it!
Can I use orange in place of mandarin?
Yes, if you can't get mandarins, you can totally use orange in its place as oranges are more readily available year round. They will still taste delicious!
How should I store scones?
Scones are a buttery and flaky pastry that is best stored out in the open. You want to store scones in a cool dry place, I always recommend just leaving on a plate on the counter. You don't want to put in an airtight container or a cake dome as the scones can get mushy or soggy if you do that.
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 142 grams powdered sugar (sifted)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon mandarin juice
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, and sea salt. Mix on low to for 2 to 3 rotations to combine the dry ingredients.
- Using a large grater, grate the butter and add to the flour mixture. Don’t mix yet. Add the egg, 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, lemon flavor, orange flavor, lemon zest, and mandarin zest and mix on low to combine. You’ll have to scrape the bowl to help combine the dry ingredients, and I find it’s easier to finish combining with your hands.
- Using your hands, form the dough into a round disk that is about 7-inches in diameter. Using a sharp knife, cut into 6 triangle pieces like a pie. Separate the pieces so they are spaced evenly apart.
- In a small dish, add the 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream for the topping. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the scones to coat completely.
- Place the baking sheet in the fridge for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Bake for 20 to 24 minutes or until lightly golden brown on the bottoms. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.
- To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and mandarin juice. Whisk until you have a smooth glaze. Using a knife or spatula, slather the glaze on top of each scone.
- Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 days.
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