I love to make scones and coming up with new ideas for them is really fun. I thought the flavors would be interesting together and it turned out to be a wonderful combo. The trick to great scones is not over mixing and the right dough consistancy. These are great with a cup of coffe or hot tea or milk for the kids. (they actually fight over these)
1In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients and stir them well then add the pieces of butter and use either a pastry blender or I use my kitchen aide mixer paddle and blend until it resembles coarse mixture. (Do not over mix)
2Add the nuts if you are using them, if you forget to add the nuts before the liquid then I suggest you forget the nuts completely.
3Add the buttermilk slowly and mix the dough "lightly" if using your hands trying not to warm up the dough too much. If using a mixer I put mine on slow speed and add buttermilk slowly until the right dough consistancy is reached. The dough should be holding together but not sticky that is why it is best to add liquid at a slow pace. If it gets too sticky you can add a little flour. You should have the consistancy of playdough pretty much.
4Divide dough into 2 halves taking each half and shaping it into a round loaf about 6 inches or so across (do not flatten it) It should look like a mini pizza only taller. Taking a pizza cutter cut each loaf into 8 slices (like a pizza) and place them on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray with about 2 inches between them.
5Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes but ovens vary so much I suggest checking them at 10. Then should be just browed slightly on the bottom and just turning golden on top.
6OPTIONAL (you may sprinkle the loafs with sugar before cutting if you dont want to drizzle them with orange icing
7Take them off the sheet and let them cool on a rack and when still warm drizzle them with orange icing and ENJOY