Made with fresh orange zest and marmalade, Blood Orange Marmalade Scones are better than anything from the pastry case. These will be perfect with your morning coffee or your afternoon tea.
Do you ever eat orange marmalade?
Thicker than jelly or jam and packed with chunky bits of sugared oranges, marmalade makes a delicious topping for toast, scones, muffins and all kinds of breads.
It also makes me think of Paddington Bear whenever I eat it!
Most marmalade is made with navel oranges and has a classic bright orange color (or “colour” if I’m sticking with the British theme!). It’s citrusy, sweet and perfectly tasty .
But what I really love is Blood Orange Marmalade. Made with blood oranges, this variety somehow feels extra special and fancy to me. Maybe it’s the deep ruby color of the preserves or the deeper flavor, but I get so much joy cracking open a jar.
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Blood Orange Marmalade Scones
Last week I got lucky enough to procure a jar of my beloved Blood Orange Marmalade. It can be hard to find so whenever I spot it at a specialty foods store, I grab a jar!
I stared at the jar, wondering how I should enjoy it. First, I thought of whipping up a batch of Cranberry Macadamia Scones and serving them warm with butter and orange marmalade on top (yum).
Then, it came to me.
Why just put marmalade on top of the scones? Why not bake the marmalade right into the scones?
I knew it would be good. . .but wow! These scones were everything I want in a baked good–moist and just sweet enough without being too sugary.
Folding the blood orange marmalade right into the scone batter turns out to be pretty genius. Since I’m never one to do things half-way, I also used more marmalade in the orange glaze I drizzled on top of the finished scones.
The taste was marvelous. Marmalade-ous, if you will.
Okay, enough with the terrible puns. Back to the Orange Marmalade Scone recipe!
Orange Marmalade Scones Recipe
Start by mixing together your flour and other dry ingredients, including the orange zest. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture to form a coarse meal.
Whisk the egg, milk and marmalade together in a separate bowl. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until it just comes together. Then using a rubber spatula, knead and fold it together about 8 to 10 times.
Turn the dough onto a clean floured surface to shape and cut the scones!
Divide the dough in half and pat each into a circle approximately 5 inches in diameter. Transfer the disk of dough to the prepared baking sheet and cut it into 6 wedges. Cutting it before baking allows for easy separation, but keeping the wedges together during baking allows for the scones to be bit more moist than is typical.
Bake for 20 minutes or until tops are lightly golden and firm. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes while you prepare the glaze.
Not too sweet and with just the right amount of added orange zest, these scones will be a welcomed treat to any breakfast or brunch.
Orange Scones Recipe Tips
- If you can’t find blood oranges marmalade, this scones recipe will work perfectly well with regular orange marmalade. The color won’t be quite the same and the flavor will be more like that of a typical orange scone, but still delicious!
- Likewise, I used navel orange zest because after searching high and low around Phoenix for blood oranges, I came up empty. Any variety or orange zest you use should taste just fine here!
- To freeze these scones, leave them un-glazed and store in a freezer safe bag or airtight container. They keep well in the freezer for a couple of months! When you’re ready to serve the scones, make the marmalade glaze fresh.
The growing season for blood oranges is December to May so you can bet I’ll be making these again over the holidays with some actual blood orange zest. I’ll have to buy me some more marmalade before then because I know this jar won’t last until then!
How to Make Orange Glaze for Scones
Melt the butter and remaining blood orange marmalade together in the microwave. Whisk to incorporate well. Then, add confectioner’s sugar and orange zest and whisk well, removing any lumps.
Drizzle the glaze over the Blood Orange Marmalade Scones and serve right away.
Serve these scones with additional orange marmalade on the side and enjoy with family and friends on a relaxing weekend morning.
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Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
Long time readers will remember that we have kind of a THING about breakfasts and brunches here. Breakfast food is our favorite–and we’ve been known to have more than our fair share of “Breakfast for Dinner” meals, too.
Maybe because at breakfast you can eat all the baked goods you want and no one can say anything about it! Especially if it’s a lazy weekend brunch with family, a big pot of coffee to share and lots of delicious food to share.
Recipes made with real orange zest are some of our go-tos for the morning. If you like citrus flavor, you’re going to love these:
- Orange Cranberry Coffee Cake
- Orange Cranberry Muffins
- Cranberry Orange Pistachio Biscotti – extra amazing dunked in coffee
- Cranberry Pancakes with Orange Cream Cheese Drizzle – a kid favorite
- Orange Vanilla Smoothie – great for busy weekdays!
Even more sweet treats for breakfast you might enjoy . . .
- French Breakfast Puffs
- Baked Cinnamon French Toast
- Cinnamon Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- Cinnamon Sugar Palmiers
Blood Orange Marmalade Scones
With marmalade baked right into the batter, these orange scones with orange glaze are a citrus lover’s delight.
Blood Orange Marmalade Scones
- 2 cups flour
- 2 ½ tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons Golden Door Blood Orange Marmalade
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated Blood Orange Zest or Navel Orange zest when Blood's are not in season
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
Blood Orange Glaze
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 2 tablespoons Golden Door Blood Orange Marmalade
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest as above
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- Place a rack into the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, and salt.
- Cut butter into smaller pieces and with a pastry cutter, cut butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and Blood Orange Marmalade.
- Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until it just comes together. Then using a rubber spatula, knead and fold it together about 8 to 10 times.
- Prepare a flat surface by dusting it with flour, and turn the dough out onto it.
- Divide the dough in half and pat each into a circle approximately 5 inches in diameter. Transfer the disk of dough to the prepared baking sheet and cut it into 6 wedges. Cutting it before baking allows for easy separation, but keeping the wedges together during baking allows for the scones to be bit more moist than is typical.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until tops are lightly golden and firm. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes while you prepare the glaze.
- In a medium microwavable bowl, place the Blood Orange Marmalade and butter.
- Place bowl into the microwave and set on high for 30 seconds.
- Whisk to incorporate.
- Add the confectioner's sugar and whisk again to mix well, removing any lumps.
- Drizzle over scones and serve.
If you like Orange Scones, then you’ll LOVE these other scone recipes. . .
This recipe was originally created with complimentary products from the Golden Door in exchange for creating and posting a recipe, however, all text and opinions are my own.