Orange and golden raisin scones...

My all time favorite scones (orange cranberry) can be found at "La Madeleine" bakery and cafe but since I'm thousands of miles to the nearest cafe I had to come up with a similar recipe. I have yet to find dry cranberries here in Saudi Arabia but golden raisins taste just as good, since they also taste a bit sweet and tart like cranberries. Rubbing the sugar with the orange "ZEST" makes these scones bright yellow like the morning SuNsHiNe. :) Enjoy with a cup of tea...

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick of butter (half cup) cold and cut into pieces
1/3 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup sugar
Zest of 1 large orange
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup golden raisins

1 egg
1 tablespoon milk or cream

Preheat oven to 400*. Soak your raisins in hot water with 1 teaspoon of sugar for 10 minutes. Drain the water and pat dry. Set aside.

In a bowl mix your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1/3 cup of sugar. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine the zest of 1 large orange and 1/4 cup of sugar, rub with your fingers until the sugar turns bright orange.

Cut  the butter into small pieces and add it to your flour mix along with your orange zest sugar. Blend the butter into your flour mix using a large cold knife. The mixture should look like course crumbs.

Stir in 1/2 cup golden rasins and your buttermilk. Combine by hand just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix your dough.

Transfer to a lighly floured surface and kneed if needed 2 or 3 times. Pat the dough into a circle and cut into 6 to 8 pie like slices. Place the scones in a non stick cookie sheet and brush with eggwash, sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the scones appear golden brown.

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