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Orange Butter Scones

……..when someone says they don’t enjoy scones, it generally means they’ve never had a good one…..

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Orange Butter Scones

When Jennie returned from her Ballymaloe course she brought with her a number of delicious recipes that she had tried and tested. These orange butter scones were one of the recipes and we recently rediscovered their deliciousness.

You can make the butter in advance and it is worthwhile making a double batch as it is so delicious! It would make a delicious filling for a queen cake or to simply sandwich a sponge together.

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For the orange butter you will need..

2 oranges, finely grated zest

85g of butter

100g of icing sugar

Method

Cream the butter with the grated zest, add the icing sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

To make the scone dough you will need; (makes 18)

900g plain white flour

175g butter

3 free range eggs, whisked lightly

Pinch of salt

50g caster sugar

3 heaped teaspoons of baking powder

450ml of milk

Egg wash

Granulated sugar for sprinkling

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Method

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Sieve all the dry ingredients into a bowl.

Cut the butter into cubes and rub into the flour mixture.

Make a well in the centre and add the whisked eggs and milk to form a dough.

Turn onto a floured board before shaping into a rectangle about 3/4 of an inch high and about 14 x 9 inches.

Spread the orange butter over the surface of the dough before rolling up as you would a swiss roll.

Stamp out into scones using a small glass or cutter.

Place on a baking sheet before brushing with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for approximately 5 minutes at 250 degrees then turn down the heat to 230 degrees and bake for a further ten minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack before enjoying!

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