221 Baker Street Mandarin Orange Vanilla Bean Scones

221 Baker Street Mandarin Orange Vanilla Bean Scones

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You guys, I spent at least 30 minutes trying to think of a different was to say just how excited I am about this scone recipe! I realize I say this often when it comes to my baking, but I truly mean it, every single time. You see, I find incredible joy in creating recipes, and testing them for weeks, months and even years sometimes to create the perfect bake. The effort in this case was so worth it, as this Mandarin Orange Vanilla Bean Scone is magical. Not too dry, but not too wet either. Not too sweet, but just sweet enough. Best of all, the mandarin orange and vanilla flavors, which were inspired by a certain sleuth, are balanced, without overpowering each other. 

Now that you know this is the most perfect and flavorful scone I have ever made, allow me to share what inspired it! I had never been particularly fond of any teen idols, leading men or any other entertainment crushes, until 1995 that is. That is when Mr. Darcy walked onto the BBC small screen in Pride and Prejudice.Pride&PrejudiceBBCI was smitten. Wholly and utterly, head over heels besotted. Twenty years later and Collin Firth’s Mr. Darcy still reigned royally, until the Sherlock that is.  Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock to be more specific. Hummmmm…there seems to be a British, socially awkward, brilliant theme here. Before anyone goes running to my wonderful, amazing, handsome, loving, kind and brilliant husband, he knows very well that he’s my only true leading man.SherlockBack to why we are are! Scones. The oh so lovely scones. These scones were inspired by the peculiar sleuth. Though he notoriously does not eat when working a case, there is an episode where Watson prepares toast and tea for Sherlock. I’d imagined the toast would be dutifully and simply prepared, perhaps with a bit of a spread of orange marmalade. Right then, I knew I had to create the perfect scone, inspired by and as an homage to my screen crush. 

This recipe makes 8 scones.



2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour, unbleached preferred  

¼ cup (50 grams) sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons (113 grams)  unsalted butter, frozen

1/2 cup (114 grams) plain Greek yogurt, lowfat or whole milk

1 large egg

½ vanilla bean scraped, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon mandarin orange zest (may substitute any variety of orange)

Orange Vanilla Bean Glaze 

1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar

2 tablespoons mandarin orange juice (may substitute any variety of orange juice)

½ vanilla bean scraped, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Use Them:

Preheat oven to 400ºF/205ºC degrees. Line a cookie sheet with either a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.Baker Street Scones (1)In a small bowl, add the yogurt, egg, vanilla bean, and orange zest.Baker Street Scones (2)Whisk until the mixture is smooth.Baker Street Scones (3)Using the large holes of a grater, grate the frozen butter.Baker Street Scones (4)Using a spatula, gently toss the butter with the flour mixture.Baker Street Scones (5)Stir the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture.Baker Street Scones (6)Keep stirring until the dough begins to come to together. Then, using your hands that have been dusted with some flour, bring the dough together in the bowl to form a ball.Baker Street Scones (9)Place the dough on a lightly floured surface.Baker Street Scones (11)Gently pat down the dough until you have an 8 inch circle.Baker Street Scones (12)Using a sharp knife, cut the disk of dough into 8 equal slice.Baker Street Scones (14) Place the slices of dough on the cookie sheet.Baker Street Scones (15) Can you see the stunning layers of butter, vanilla bean and orange zest?Baker Street Scones (16)Bake the scones for 13-15 minutes. Baker Street Scones (17)You know they are ready the exact moment they bake up into layers of goodness and are perfectly golden brown. Baker Street Scones (18)Allow the scones to cool on a cooling rack for a few minutes while you whisk up the glaze.Baker Street Scones (20)Whisk the powered sugar, mandarin orange juice, and vanilla bean until the mixture is smooth.Baker Street Scones (21)Place the scone on parchment or wax paper and drizzle on the glaze. As much or as little, or as much, as you’d like! 

Baker Street Scones (23)Did I mention, as much as you’d like???Baker Street Scones (25)Allow the scones to set for about 15 minutes, and then serve.Baker Street Scones (27)All that is needed now is a nice cup of tea….Baker Street Scones (31)a bit of scone….Baker Street Scones (28)…..and perhaps an episode of Sherlock on the telly!IMG_9164 (3)

4 Comments on “221 Baker Street Mandarin Orange Vanilla Bean Scones

  • Effie,

    I torn between wanting to be your apprentice or your baking best friend. You are a wonder. I LOVE baking and you your blog is the perfect place to help me understand the enigma that is baking. So happy to try out this scone recipe this week as a birthday treat. Thank you much, and get ready for season four of this dynamic duo. ;)

    • Noelle, I am so truly grateful for your kindness and for taking the time to write such a lovely note. Just today I was feeling overwhelmed thinking of all of the looming work and family obligations, and the massive to do list that seems to increase by the minute! I love what I do and strive to give it my all, all the time. Also, my family is my life, and their needs come before all else. Still, I can’t help but feel frustrated and a bit sad that so much time goes by before I can post a recipe on the blog. I try to be a detailed as possible and since I am not a professional chef nor photographer, each recipe seems to take quite a bit of time. But when I can carve out some time, it brings me such pure joy.

      This long musing is simply to say thank you. Truly, thank you. Your sweet sentiments made my heart smile and were exactly what I need to hear. I hope the scone work out well for you, and a very happy birthday to you!


  • Your blog is rare gem. I’ve been reading your recipes for two days and feel so inspired! THANK YOU for sharing not only your beautiful recipes, but your lovely musings (and precise instructions!) I too fell in love with Mr. Darcy–the book version and the Colin Firth version. There’s just something about verbal sparring, ardent love, and restrained demeanor, right? Making these scones ASAP–they look wonderful. Will be sure to enjoy one with a cup of English tea in hand and Austen on the mind.

    • Effie Post author

      Jay, I am beyond humbled to read your oh so thoughtful and kind words. It means the world that a reader would connect with my recipes and memories. Thank you friend. I wish I could devote more time to this little passion of mine, but for now, the recipes dream up on office commutes, during half-time at the kid’s sports games, and 2AM daydreaming sessions on what can be created with the fresh figs gloriously crowning our backyard tree will have to do.
      Merci once again for taking the time to read my blog and pen such sweet sentiments, I hope it continues to be a source of inspiration.

      Happy Baking!


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