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Citrus Basil Scones

Citrus Basil Scones

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  • Author: Cupcake from Brown Sugar
  • Total Time: 40 mins


Soon it will be spring and that is exactly what these scones taste like. Make these for your springtime brunch and breakfast parties.


  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp.lime zest
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice, divided
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tbsp. lime zest, divided
  • 2/3 c. buttermilk + 2 tbsp
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar,baking powder, baking soda, salt, orange, lemon, lime zest, basil, and butter and pulse until the dough looks like large clumps of sand. Add 1 tablespoon of orange, lemon, and lime juice and pulse a couple times to combine and turn dough to a large bowl.
  3. Pour the buttermilk into the middle of the bowl and use your hand to form dough into a ball. Turn the dough to a floured surface and knead 4-5 times and roll to a round circle that is 1/2 inch thick. You can cut into triangles or circles. Place the scones onto a well sprayed baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, the remaining 1 tablespoon of the orange, lemon, and lime juices,basil, pinch of salt, and melted butter. Dip the tops of the cooled scones into the glaze. Place on top of a cooling rack and allow glaze to set and serve.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Breakfast