Orange Ginger Scones

May 30: National Scone Day

Whenever there is an extended national holiday, like Memorial Day weekend, Islander likes to bake some scones on a Friday evening so they would be ready for a “late-awake” breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. We just reheat them and enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. 

We have made many scones before but always want to try different recipes. For this one, we had a little bit of orange juice leftover and decided to use them in orange ginger scones. The citrusy glaze enhances the orange flavor and complements the gingery bits. 

For National Scone Day, try making one of the many scone recipes listed under our Theme Menus, especially orange ginger scones. 


(Adapted from TeaTime Magazine)

For the orange ginger scones

  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • ¼ cup sugar, granulated white
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, cold or frozen
  • ¼ cup crystallized ginger, chopped finely
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoon orange extract

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons orange juice


In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Grate the cold/frozen butter into the mixture and blend until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Toss in the crystallized ginger and orange zest. In a small bowl or cup, mix the whipping cream with orange extract. Add to the flour mixture to form a dough. 

Form dough into a ball and flatten to ½ inch thick. Cut into wedges. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper a few inches apart from each other.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool while making the glaze. In a small bowl or cup, combine the powder sugar and orange juice, adding a little at a time until the glaze reaches the desired consistency. Mix until smooth. Drizzle liberally over the scones. Serve warm.


  • Swap lemon for the orange zest and juice in this scone recipe.
  • If self-rising flour is not available, make it by combining 1 cup flour, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt (measurement is for one cup).
  • Instead of wedge scones, other shapes such as circles/rounds or squares can be made using cutters.