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Orange raisin scones

As a high school student, Jana Erwin fell madly in love with Washington, D.C. Eight years, a couple of degrees and an internship later, Jana moved from Arizona to the East Coast with high hopes of changing the world. After five years in ...

A delicious morning twist

A moist, light, sweet scone accented with a hint of orange zest and the zip of raisins is a perfect way to start the day.

A delicious morning twist

Scones have long been a traditional treat for afternoon tea and a cold winter breakfast. They pair perfectly with honey butter, orange marmelade and the perfect cup of tea or coffee. Scones can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for several days or in the freezer for up to one month. Just allow to thaw before baking, and you can have scones ready on demand, any time of day without any fuss!

Orange raisin scones

Yields 8 scones


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chilled milk



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

A delicious morning twist


Sift flour, cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a large bowl. Mix in orange zest. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in raisins.


Gradually add milk, tossing with a fork until moist clumps form.


Turn dough out onto a lightly-floured work surface.

A delicious morning twist


Form dough into a 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges.


Transfer wedges to the prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. If desired, brush with an egg wash.

A delicious morning twist


Bake until tops of scones are golden brown, about 25 minutes.

A delicious morning twist


Let stand on baking sheet 10 minutes. If desired, glaze with a mixture of orange juice and powdered sugar. Serve scones warm or at room temperature.

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