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Orange-Pecan Scones

Yield 16 scones
These orange-pecan scones are a company-worthy brunch treat that cook up soft and moist. If you don't like pecans, sub another nut or leave them out!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sugar

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly; add buttermilk and next 3 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times.

  3. Divide dough in half; pat each portion into a 7-inch circle, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut each circle into 8 wedges; sprinkle evenly with sugar.

  4. Bake at 425° for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.

  5. Note: Freeze scones up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator 8 hours. Bake scones at 350º for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.