Top down view of glazed orange and blueberry scones sitting on baking sheet lined with parchment with small oranges all around on wood board

Orange Blueberry Irish Soda Bread Scones

  • Author: Kaleb Wyse
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 scones 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Scones made with an Irish soda bread base are the best kind of scones! This orange and blueberry scone recipe is a cinch to whip up for brunch or any other time of the day!



For the scones

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water (optional, but adds intense orange flavor)
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice


For the scones

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix to combine.
  3. With the mixer running on low, add the butter one tablespoon at a time. Allow each addition of butter to mix in for 30 seconds before adding the next. Once all the butter is added, the mixture should look like coarse sand.
  4. Turn the mixer off and combine the wet ingredients. Whisk the buttermilk, vanilla, egg, orange zest, orange juice, and orange blossom water to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until moistened and shaggy, about 1 minute.
  5. Place dough on a well-floured board and knead until smooth. Pat into a roughly 16-inch circle. Pour blueberries on top and press in. Fold dough over on itself, kneading the blueberries into the dough. Press into a 12-inch circle. Cut into 8 equal wedges and set on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 20-25 minutes. While baking, prepare the glaze.
  7. Once the sones are baked, remove from the oven and cool 5 minutes on the baking pan. Then transfer to a cooling rack. Glaze the scones while slightly warm.

For the glaze

  1. In a large bowl, sift the powdered sugar.
  2. Add the orange zest and juice.
  3. Whisk until smooth, adding more orange juice for a thinner glaze and more sugar for a thicker glaze.


  • Serving Size: 1 scone
  • Calories: 439
  • Sugar: 27.3g
  • Sodium: 587.6mg
  • Fat: 10.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 77.4g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 9.1g
  • Cholesterol: 47.4mg

Keywords: brunch, scones