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Sweetie Pie's orange breakfast scones

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 6 scones, depending on size
Sweetie Pie’s orange breakfast scones

Scones

1

Into a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt.

2

Over low speed, add the butter cubes and mix just until the mixture resembles a coarse meal, about 3 minutes.

3

Add the currants and orange zest, and mix just to combine.

4

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, half-and-half and orange juice. With the mixer running, slowly add the liquid ingredients until incorporated, careful not to over mix.

5

Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Press the mixture together to form a cohesive mass. Roll or press to a thickness of 1 inch and cut into desired shapes (scraps may be re-rolled one time and cut again).

6

Place the scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart, and cover and chill overnight (or freeze for 1 hour). Shortly before baking, heat the oven to 375 degrees.

7

Brush the scones with the heavy cream and sprinkle over the turbinado sugar. Bake the scones until risen, the bottoms are browned and the tops are golden-brown in spots, 25 to 35 minutes, depending on the oven. Rotate the scones halfway through baking to ensure even coloring.

8

Remove the scones and cool on a wire rack.

Orange frosting and assembly

1

Make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar and butter. Mix using the paddle attachment (or a hand mixer) until the butter is softened and incorporated. With the mixer running, slowly add the orange juice. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the frosting is just pourable.

2

Brush or drizzle the frosting over the scones. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Sweetie Pies Bakery in Napa Valley.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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