December 17, 2018

Christmas Calendar 2018 - Scones with marzipan and orange


For the recent Royal Christmas Afternoon Tea I as usual made scones twisting the recipe on plain yogurt scones to be more Christmas like by adding in marzipan and orange zest. As I have been adding in marzipan, I decided to reduce the sugar level from 85 g to 50 g, as the marzipan also brings sweetness.

The scones were served together with butter and apple jelly.

As type of yogurt you can what ever type of plain un-sweet yogurt, which you have in your refrigerator. I have used this recipe with both Greek-style yogurt, plain semi-skimmed yogurt or even thich mik. so there is no need to buy a special type of yogurt for the creation of  these scones.

Scones with marzipan and orange: 9-10 scones
  • 350 g wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50 g sugar 
  • 85 g butter - diced into small pieces
  • 1 organic orange - only the zest
  • 75 g marzipan - grated
  • 175 g plain Greek-style yogurt - yogurt without addition of neither sugar or fruit
  • egg wash
  1. Cover a baking tray with baking parchment. 
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, orange zest and sugar together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add in the butter pieces, rub in the butter using only your fingers, until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Afterward add in the grated marzipan.
  5. Make a hole in the mixture, where the yogurt is pour into. Knead the scone dough together, until it is soft.
  6. Roll out the scone dough in a thickness of 2 cm.
  7. Cut out the scones from the dough using a cutter. Do not twist the cutter, while doing this.
  8. Turn the scone up side down, when it is placed on the baking tray.
  9. Let the scones raise for 15-30 minutes prior to baking or even more.
  10. Before making, brush the the top of the scones with egg wash (only the top, as this affect the raising of the scone during baking). 
  11. Bake the scones at 200'C for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
  12. Cold down prior to serving.
  13. Serve together with tea and apple jelly.

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