This post was originally published here on January 14, 2015. I’ve since updated the photos and text to showcase just how delicious these scones really are! Enjoy!
I’ve discovered a socially acceptable way to enjoy cake for breakfast. It’s called “Blood Orange Scones with Hazelnuts, Thyme and White Chocolate Drizzle”.
Are you with me? I’m guessing you are. Because we’re all friends here. And friends encourage friends to eat cake disguised as sophisticated scones before noontime. Right?
I’m still on a big Winter citrus kick right now. And I’m particularly crushing on blood oranges. I mean, their color alone is enough to make any girl swoon. If they weren’t so delicious, I could probably just stare at them all day long.
So I decided to try and incorporate them into this cream scone recipe that I’ve been using for a while now. I was a little worried that I would just end up with a gummy, shaggy mess because of all the juices from the blood oranges. But (thankfully!) that didn’t happen. Instead, I found myself in possession of the most moist (had to say it!), cake-like scones I’ve ever eaten. There isn’t anything dry and crumbly about these babies!
Can we talk about segmenting oranges for a second? I hate it. Probably because I’m not very good at it. And I don’t like doing things that I’m not very good at. Sorry. I’m a brat.
If you’re a master at segmenting oranges, then I applaud you (also teach me your ways!). But you really don’t have to be for this recipe. Because you actually want to break down the segments even further so they are about 1/2-inch in size or smaller before attempting to fold them into the dough. This helps the orange pieces spread out more evenly throughout the dough, while preventing too many juices from accumulating in one place.
Blood oranges can typically be found until March (although sometimes longer if you’re lucky!). So don’t delay too long on picking some up from your grocery store. Because I know you’re not going to want to wait until next year to try baking up these scones!
Blood Orange Scones with Hazelnuts, Thyme and White Chocolate Drizzle
For the Scones:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup hazelnut flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter, cut into pieces
- 2/3 cusp, plus 1 tablespoon, heavy whipping cream, divided
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon blood orange zest
- 1/2 cup blood orange segments, broken down into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/3 cup hazelnuts, chopped
For the White Chocolate Drizzle:
- 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
- In the bowl of your food processor with the blade attachment, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the cold butter and pulse until you have a coarse crumb.
- In a small bowl, beat together 2/3 cups of the heavy cream with the vanilla extract and egg. Add this liquid mixture to your food processor along with the thyme and blood orange zest. Pulse until the dough has just come together.
- Turn the dough out onto a well floured counter top and use your hands (flouring them will make the dough easier to handle) to fold in the blood orange segments and the hazelnuts, being careful not to over work the dough. The dough will be slightly wet.
- Continue using your hands to shape the dough into a round disk. Then cut the disk it into eight wedges. Transfer the wedges to your prepared baking sheet, leaving 1-2 inches between them. Brush the tops of the wedges with the remaining tablespoon of heavy cream. Transfer the baking sheet to your pre-heated oven and bake the scones for 13-15 minutes. They should be golden brown around the edges. Remove the scones from the oven and allow them to cool on their baking sheet for 10-15 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to continue cooling.
- Once the scones have cooled, make the white chocolate drizzle. In a small heavy bottom saucepan (or in a double boiler) set over medium heat, melt the white chocolate with the coconut oil, stirring frequently. Once smooth, drizzle the melted white chocolate over the scones.
- These scones are best when eaten the day they are made, but they will keep for 1-2 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Allow the white chocolate to set before transferring them to a storage container.
You can make your own hazelnut flour by grinding hazelnuts to a course meal in your food processor. You can also substitute almond flour for the hazelnut flour.
WOW! Cake for breakfast and its so pretty too. The blood oranges look beautiful in these scones. I love blood oranges and I’ll have to find some here in MD!
That’s how we roll! Ha ha. Thanks, luv!
Can you believe that I’ve never had a blood orange? I definitely need to change that after seeing these cones. And cake for breakfast is the way to go! I love this creative flavor, especially with that white chocolate drizzle!
No I can’t believe it! You should search some out. The color is just to DIE FOR. Of course, you can also use any kind of citrus in these scones. It should work out great!
I love scones! And blood oranges. And coffee. So I think a batch of these scones with my morning coffee is just what I need today 🙂
Sounds like a perfect morning, Aimee!
They’re gorgeous! I haven’t baked with blood oranges in so long. The color makes these scones pop like boom. Plus, there’s white chocolate on top. And I will never pass up a chance to eat chocolate for breakfast.
Any excuse to have chocolate for breakfast is a good excuse! XO
Heck yeah, Captain Brilliant! I love blood oranges and a zesty scone. I’m totally up for a cakey scone over a rock solid scone. The softer ones just go down soooo easily. Love these beauties!
Yes, they definitely go down easy. Too easy in fact! 🙂
I can’t believe I’ve never had blood orange. These look fabulous!
Oh you must find some. The color is amazing! Thanks, Dorothy! XO
I absolutely love all of the flavors you’ve got going on in these scones, Liz! I need to get my paws on some blood oranges asap.
Thanks, Ashley. Gotta snatch up those blood oranges while they are in season!
I love blood oranges, and I’m so happy it’s blood orange season! These scones would make such a delicious treat for breakfast!
Me too! The color makes me so happy! Good way to fight off the winter blues!
Nothing beats cake for breakfast, especially with my favorite fruit. These look awesome!
Glad we think alike, Matt!
These scones are tuggin at my heart strings! <3
Thanks, Trish! They are so perfect with tea and coffee. I love them! I hope you get a chance to try them out.
Cake for breakfast is the best! Love the flavors in these scones, Liz! Blood oranges are so good right now and these scones are the perfect way to use them up! They look incredible!
Loving me some blood oranges right now! Thanks, Kelly!
This looks so appetizing! Love what you did with the blood oranges too!
Thank you! They are my new favorite breakfast!
Wow! Blood orange + hazelnuts + white chocolate?! Talk about a dream combination. Cake for breakfast every day! 🙂
You are a girl after my own heart!
Adding blood orange to scones is brilliant! I love the flavor combo here! Also, I’m terrible at segmenting oranges too;)
Glad I’m not the only one, Sarah. I hated doing that task at the restaurant where I used to work!
Hooray for having cake for breakfast! I love citrus in scones, but have never tried blood oranges. Sounds so good!
I just can’t get enough of blood oranges this time of year!
I am A) terrible at segmenting oranges and B) obsessed with scones. Did you make these for me? 😉
Yes I did! 🙂
Blood orange and white chocolate sounds like a tasty combo Liz! I’ve been wanting to make scones…one day though when I’m done eating healthy 🙂
Guess you better Pin it for later!
I also HATE, hate, HATE segmenting oranges. I end up crushing them all but I’m so forceful with the knife. Anyway, these scones look beautiful! I imagine they’d be lovely with a cup of tea in the morning. 🙂
It’s so hard! I used to hate when I had to segment oranges at the restaurant I worked at for the salad plates. Because they never looked as pretty as you wanted them too. At least here, they get folded into the dough!
Oh how I love blood oranges… and any excuse to eat cake for breakfast! Gorgeous recipe! I just discovered your blog (thanks Broma Bakery!) and look forward to following your culinary adventures… cheers!
Yeah! Thanks! Glad you are now following along. Cake for breafast for the WIN!
I saw these on your instagram. I was like “wow… Those nicely drizzled scones look absolutely stunning! I wish I can have some!” Love to try the orange, thyme and chocolate combo.
Wish I could pass you some through the computer! XO
I am all about cake for breakfast! Especially when in scone form, because you’re right. They’re just sophisticated and fancy. I have got to try these since I’ve never had blood orange before…pinned!
Cake for breakfast is the best! Let me now if you try them out, Michelle!
Scones are like crack to me – I can never eat one! I may tweak your recipe a bit to make it more WW friendly (hello heavy cream!) I’ll let you know if I am successful!
Happy Monday my friend!
Oh I definitely ate more than one! 🙂
I’m with you Liz! I love the flavor combo of these. Curious to see how the thyme tastes!
Oh thyme (and rosemary, too!) is so good in baked good. Not too strong. Just enough to add some earthy-ness!
I’m with Biz… scones are like crack! I love that you’ve used thyme in these, Liz! And cream, always cream in scones. Now these are cake like and I have a feeling it has to do with the addition of hazelnut flour… i’ve noticed it makes cookies, and cakes more moist and adds such fabulous texture. These are a dream, Liz! xo
Yes, I think the hazelnut flour and the juice from the oranges makes so SO MOIST! Cake for breakfast WIN!
Cake for breakfast yes! I am obsessed with all things blood orange so I am all over these babies. Looks so delicious!
Yay! Blood oranges are so wonderful. I wish their season lasted longer!
Cakes so delicious! I like the cake made from the Blood orange.
Yes, so happy for blood oranges and delicious baked goods!