Orange Thyme Scones

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Scones are one of my favorite winter-time treats to bake, and this pregnancy with baby #2 I've been craving a lot of citrus. These scones are so easy to whip up, and the addition of thyme adds a bit of a "grown-up" flavor that I guarantee you will love! Pairs perfectly with a cup of Earl Grey or a nutty coffee. Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below! 


Ingredients
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (you can substitute a gluten free blend for this!)
- 1/3 cup sugar or honey
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp orange zest (about the zest of 1 large orange)
- 1/2 cup cold butter (I like to grate my butter before cutting in by hand)
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup sour cream or unsweetened greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Glaze
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 2/3 cup of sugar, you can use powdered or regular sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice (or more if you like a lot of orange flavor!)
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 2 or 3 tsp dried thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest. Cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter or your hands and mix the dough until the butter is about the size of peas and the dough resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the egg, sour cream, half and half, and vanilla extract. Mix with dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.
  4. Divide the dough in half. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and pat into two 1" thick circles. Cut each circle into 8 triangles. 
  5. Brush the tops of each scone with a little bit of half and half, and bake for 15-16 minutes, or until scones are golden brown.
  6. While the scones are cooling, melt the butter and sugar together over the stove. Add the vanilla extract, orange juice, thyme, and orange zest. Stir over low heat until everything is combined smoothly. If the glaze seems too thin, add a little more sugar. It will harden as it cools. 
  7. Drizzle the glaze over the scones and enjoy!

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