Orange you…

Glad I didn’t say banana?

Oh well, it was worth a shot.

I know I was glad it was such a beautiful weekend. I enjoyed it thoroughly, trail running, skiing, walking, napping the sun. Actually I didn’t really do any napping.

Instead I did some baking. I had to, you see, my mom was teaching one of her last classes (she’s prof you know, at the local university) and she had promised baked goods. She’d planned on an early rise to fetch said baked goods before class, but I intervened, always searching for any excuse to bake and not be stuck with too many delicious baked goods so close at hand.

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We had an awful lot of oranges on hand due to a recent Costco purchase, so I wanted to use oranges in the recipe.

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I scoured the internet for a delicious baked good staring this citrus fruit, and found this recipe, a la Ina Garten. Only I had to make a few adjustments based on what I had on hand (see below for what I did).

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They turned out perfect really, good enough to eat.

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Which I didn’t get to do, since I made them for my mother’s starving students.

Recipe after my adjustments:

2 cups all pastry flour (or all purpose)
1/8 cup white sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp orange zest
~1/2 cup cold butter diced
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cold milk + ~1tsp vinegar
A bit of orange juice for the top of the scones.

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400*, grease a large baking sheet.
2. In a small bowl, or glass measuring cup, mix together milk + vinegar, replace in fridge allow to sit until needed (this creates the buttermilk by curdling the milk)
3. In a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and zest, add in the diced butter and mix at a low setting, until butter is incorporated as small pea-sized bits. This can be done with a pastry cutter, knives or hands as well (though hands melt the butter, so very last option).
4. Add eggs to milk mixture, then add to the flour/butter mixture, until it forms a ball of dough.
5. Flour a clean counter surface area, and place the dough on the area. Using your hands or a rolling pin flatten dough to an inch or two thick. You can either make a circle and cut wedges, or use a glass or something to cut out round scones. I had 8 good sized wedges.
6. Place on greased baking sheet, and bake in the oven for 18-20minutes.

Enjoy!

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