Orange Poppy Seed Scones with Orange Icing


Don’t be fooled by the poppy seeds these scones got, they’re still orange from the block. They’re not better than you. They’re not pretentious. They are just simply orange and deliciously refreshing.

I happen to love orange! …orange flavored pasteries that is. Not when people say I have orange hair. My hair is red. Thank you very much.


This is a remix of the chocolate chip scones I made last week. It just goes to show that I can never have enough scones in my life. Make these…you’ll understand!

Orange Poppy Seed Scones with Orange Icing
Recipe adapted form Orangette


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 3 T sugar
  • Scant 3 t poppyseeds
  • 1 t orange zest
  • 1 T orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Beat together the milk and egg and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. Rub butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or your hands. Working until you have no lumps bigger than a pea. Add the sugar and poppy seeds. Toss to mix. Whisk the orange zest and juice into the milk/egg mixture and add to the dry ingredients. Bring dough together gently with a wooden spoon.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it no more than 12 times. (12 is the magic number, so exceed at your own risk!) Pat dough into a round approximately 1/2 inch thick, and cut into 8-12 wedges. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden. Cool on a rack, then move to a parchment paper covered surface for drizzling the frosting.


Orange Icing


  • 1 1/2 T butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 t orange zest
  • Juice squeezed from 1/2 an orange


  1. Combine melted butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar and mix with a hand mixer until combined.
  2. Add orange zest and juice and mix until no longer lumpy. Add remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time mixing between additions.
  3. Drizzle using a spoon or knife over the scones to your heart’s content.
  4. Promptly eat one. That is if you can stop at one.

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