I have been searching the Internet for days trying to find the recipe for Panera Bread’s delicious orange scones. I finally gave up yesterday and decided to take a basic recipe for orange scones and tweak it to match the ones from Panera. What I came up with was not exactly the same, but just as good and easy for even the most beginner baker. The recipe is as follows:
1 1/2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour
3 Tablespoons of Sugar
2 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
2 1/2 Teaspoons of Grated Orange Peel
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1/3 Cup of Chilled Butter
1/3 Cup of Milk
1/2 Cup of Chopped Mandarin Oranges (make sure to drain them)
2 Tablespoons of Orange Marmalade
1 Stick of Softened Butter
1 1/2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
Set your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a large baking sheet. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, orange peel and salt. Make sure the orange peel is evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Cut the butter into the mixture and use your hands to mix it in until it has a crumbly texture. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and the milk. Then add the egg and milk mixture to the dry ingredients. Using your hands or a wooden spoon mix the dough until all of the dry ingredients are wet. After that, add the chopped mandarin oranges and mix it all together. The dough should have the consistency of bread dough. If it is too wet, add a little bit of flour at a time until it is only slightly sticky.
Once your dough is ready, take it out of the bowl and move it to a floured surface. Knead the dough about ten times and then shape it into a seven inch circle. Using a floured, butter knife, cut the circle into eight equal sized triangles. Place each triangle about an inch apart on the greased baking sheet. Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
While the scones are baking, whip the butter and orange marmalade together in a small bowl until fluffy. Then add the powdered sugar half a cup at a time to the mixture. (I always go slow with powered sugar, otherwise the entire kitchen, including me, ends up covered in it.)
When the scones are done, let them cool for about four minutes and then spread the glaze on top. Don’t worry! It is supposed to melt. Serve warm with a small saucer of the glaze on the side.
I hope you enjoy the scones! They are great for either a dessert or as breakfast. Let me know what you think!