Orange Lavender Scones

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How do you guys like to spend your weekends? Do you prefer them packed full of fun activities or more on the chill side, lounging around the house with absolutely nothing to do? To me, as much as I enjoy being on the go, there is still nothing more enjoyable to me than a slow moving weekend morning! Sometimes my brain is in such overload during the week and I’m ripping and running so much… I literally just look forward to one weekend on the calendar where I have absolutely nothing to do.

Those days, I make sure my phone is on do not disturb and I don’t get out of bed until the sun gets to be too much creeping through the blinds, or I get hungry… whichever comes first It makes me happy to crawl out of bed when I want and make my way to the kitchen to find that I have an uninterrupted space to just… create. Since Jermaine is a chef, he often has catering events or his own ideas and plans of how he wants to use the kitchen; so it’s nice when I have the space to myself every now and then.

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These scones were sparked as many recipes are in my kitchen. I looked around at what we had - dried lavender, oranges, flour, sugar and heavy cream. I thought - you know, I haven’t baked in a while and saw the kitchen was clean and decided to dirty it up a little! Baking is so therapeutic for me, so I blast my music and just get in the baking zone and have at it.

I rarely make sconces so I thought this would be fun to add in these really vibrant colors and flavors for a delicious treat that can be served for breakfast, brunch or just an afternoon treat. Scones are similar to biscuits - flaky layers of dough and butter and the floral taste of lavender and hint of citrus from the orange is a wonderful combination!

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Don’t let baking intimidate you - this is a super simple recipe and is so quick to make! Not feeling the lavender or orange? You can sub in any toppings you’d like like chocolate, nuts, other citrus zest, etc. Have at it! Enjoy these on your next cozy weekend at home or when you host your next gathering. You can whip these up a few days in advance and freeze them after they’ve cooled, then just pop them out the day of and warm them up for your guests! How easy is that :)

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ORANGE LAVENDER SCONES

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

  • additional heavy cream or egg white to brush your scones

  • additional sugar for topping

  • add ins: 2 tablespoons dried lavender + the zest from 1 orange

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking sheet

  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl or food processor

  4. Cut butter into tablespoon size pieces and pulse into flour mixture or cut into mixture using a pastry dough cutter until butter is no longer visible

  5. Combine heavy cream and vanilla extract in another bowl and pour into flour mixture. Pulse or mix together until mixture is crumbly and dough begins to come together

  6. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface, add in lavender and orange zest and lightly work into dough. Fold dough together, careful not to overwork as you don’t want the butter to get too soft

  7. Flatten the dough into a smooth disk about 1 inch thick and 6-8 inches round

  8. Cut the disk into 8 wedges as you would cut a pie or cake '

  9. Transfer wedges to the prepared baking sheet, placing each about 2 inches apart

  10. Brush with additional heavy cream or beaten egg white and sprinkle with additional sugar and a little more orange zest and lavender if you want!

  11. Bake on 375F for about 15 minutes or until scones are golden brown

  12. Allow scones to cool on baking sheet before serving

  13. These are delicious cut in half with homemade whipped cream!

TIP: You can use the basic scone recipe and add in any additional add-ins you’d like such as chocolate chips, zest from other fruits, dried raisins or cranberries, nuts, etc