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Zuni Cafe Orange Currant Scones (with Orange Butter)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • For the scones
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 stick of butter 4oz
  • ¼ cup dried currants
  • 1 ½ teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • For orange butter
  • ½ stick butter softened
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoon orange zest


To make orange-currant scones

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine dry ingredients- flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together egg yolk and milk and set aside.
  • Cut butter into flour, until butter is about the size of small peas. (I used a pastry blender, but you can also use a food processor for this step).
  • Gradually drizzle the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir to combine. Dough will be crumbly and dry. Add currants and zest.
  • Using your hands, knead dough until dough comes together. This will take a minute or two- do NOT add extra liquid unless absolutely necessary. Form into a disc.
  • Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Roll dough in a circle, until it is about 1 inch in thickness.
  • Slice into sixths. Place on cookie tray and bake for 25-30 minutes or until scones are set and lightly browned.

To make orange butter

  • Whisk together butter, honey, and zest. Serve spread on warm scones.