Citrus Basil Scones
Author: Cupcake from Brown Sugar
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
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
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1½ tsp. lemon zest
  • 1½ tsp.lime zest
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice, divided
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tbsp. lime zest, divided
  • ⅔ 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 ½ 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.
Recipe by Brown Sugar Food Blog at