Why This Blog?


Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Friday, November 18, 2011

Orange Poppy Seed Scones

Another great scone recipe from my Simply Scones cookbook.  Easy to make and delicious. Eat them plain or with a little butter or orange marmalade on top. You can leave them plain or drizzle them with a glaze made of powdered sugar and orange juice.

Makes 8 Scones

2-1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 -1/4 cup poppy seeds (I like less, you might like more.)
1 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled (or use salted butter and omit the 1/2 tsp salt)
1/4 cup orange juice
1 large egg
1 tsp grated orange peel

Preheat oven to 375-F. Lightly butter a 10-inch-diameter circle in the center of a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes and distribute them over the flour mixture. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (Or grate the butter into the flour mixture. Much easier IMO.)

In a small bowl, stir together the juice, egg and orange peel. Add the juice mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. You might need to add a little more juice to make it all stick together.

With lightly floured hands, pat the dough into a 9-inch circle in the center of the prepare baking sheet. With a sharp knife (I use a pizza roller) cut the circle into 8 wedges.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Serve warm or let cool to eat later.

Happy Baking!


  1. These look delicious, I love poppy seeds! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  2. Mmmm... these look so yummy!
    I must try your recipe one day.

    Have a lovely Sunday!

  3. Gorgeous!! I have never made scones. I guess this is an invitation to try....

  4. These sound wonderful!! They would be great for Thanksgiving morning, I may have to try these. You always have the most lovely, yet simple recipes. What a nice place to visit, especially on a cold, wet morning! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

  5. I think I will try this one! Sounds easy enough for me and I love anything with poppyseeds!


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