This Cara Cara Orange Scone recipe is a celebration of winter citrus fruit. A celebration of one of my favorite winter citrus fruits, to be more precise. Can you imagine winter without citrus? I can't. Just the smell of an orange being peeled immediately transports me to my childhood Christmases.
My love of winter citrus fruit is firmly planted in my psyche undoubtedly because Santa always left oranges in our stockings, (thanks, Santa!). I think this used to be a bigger tradition than it is now, although I did have a chat with a super-friendly produce lady at Wegmans one day who said she also used to get oranges in her stocking. So maybe it wasn't just my family? Anyway, I walked away from that conversation with a big box of satsuma oranges, still with their pretty green leaves attached. I'm a sucker for those seasonal beauties! And for Cara Caras, which are the star of this Cara Cara Orange Scone recipe.
When you live in the Northeast like we do, there's really no such thing as fresh fruit in the winter months. Sure, you can find fruit at the store, but do you really want to eat those crunchy strawberries? No. You don't. Lucky for all of us, there is always a nice selection of various citrus fruits and Cara Caras are one of my favorites. With the prettiest, peachy-hued flesh, they are so sweet with just enough tartness and always so juicy.
This post and recipe were originally published February 21, 2019. They have been updated on January 21, 2021 with new photos, recipe card, and a bit more text.
My Cara Cara Orange Scone Recipe
I really wanted to showcase the loveliness of Cara Cara Oranges in a baking recipe and since I've been on a bit of a scone bender lately, these Cara Cara Orange Scones were happily born.
These scones use a basic cream scone recipe which I modified just slightly by adding zest and juice to amp up the orange flavor. A cream scone is unique in that it does not use butter (I know; who am I??) or eggs. It is a lovely, simple, blank canvas.
I added some cream cheese to my basic scone glaze along with some orange zest and juice to really push them over the top. They are so good. If you loved/love Orange Julius or dreamsicles (creamsicles?) you will love these.
The vanilla is also a key player here in the scone and the glaze. It pairs so well with the orange flavor. If you can, use vanilla bean paste for those little flecks that you know I adore! Oh, and I feel I must mention - if you wanted to add some cranberries that would be really good. Or some chopped fresh rosemary. Or both.
This Cara Cara Orange Scone recipe is perfect for chasing those winter blues away. Add it to your weekend or snowy day baking list and let me know if you make them!
Happy scone baking! xo - Anita