Oh delicious blood oranges. They are usually so hard to find but the other day there they were just sitting at my local No Frills. I had to buy them! They are so sweet and their colour is just incredible, I absolutely love the colour of the juice. A beautiful deep pink colour, almost fuchsia. They add a very distinct kick of flavour to any dish you make. I had a recipe for orange scones and decided to use my blood oranges instead.
I also bought two bunches of beautiful tulips to brings spring to my kitchen. Even though there is snow on the ground most of it has melted now. Yesterday I went out in my spring coat instead of my heavy parka and I wasn’t cold! There are buds on the magnolia tree out back! I’m not kidding myself, I know that there will be another winter storm before it’s all over for good. But for right now I am buying coconut milk ice cream from the shop around the corner and baking with citrus.
Beautiful tulips, I always like to have fresh flowers in the house. It makes me feel so much brighter and more cheerful, especially in the winter when I don’t get to enjoy my garden.
For some reason the scones turned out kind of lumpy but they are light and fluffy and delicious. I will have to take a look at the recipe and see what I can tweak in order to give them a smoother finish on the outside. But what they look like has nothing to do with their taste. They are studded with chocolate chips and blood orange zest. Ever so delicious.
Chocolate and orange just go ever so well together, especially at breakfast time. Delicious, delightful and a little bit decadent. These will make for a great breakfast with the windows open letting the fresh air into your home. I always love this time of year, when it’s not quite spring and not quite winter. This was the time of year when I first started dating The Boyfriend so it always gets me nostalgic. I can’t believe how many years it’s been! Soak up some sunshine today and know that winter is on it’s last legs!
Blood Orange Scones
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar plus more for sprinkling
1 tbl baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup refined coconut oil
1/2 cup soy milk
2 tbl fresh squeezed juice from the blood oranges (or more as needed)
zest of one blood orange
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 375
Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together
Cut in coconut oil until the texture is crumbly
Add soy milk, orange juice zest and chocolate chips
Mix together with a wooden spoon
Add more juice if necessary
Dough should be sticky and wet
Place dough on a floured surface and pat it into a circle, cut it into wedges like a pizza
Sprinkle each wedge with sugar
Transfer to a greased baking sheet
Bake for 15 minutes