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Orange Biscuits | Magnolia Days

Orange Biscuits

A recipe for light and fluffy orange biscuits made with fresh orange juice and zest. They are served with a homemade orange butter sauce.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Renee

Ingredients

For the orange butter sauce:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the orange biscuits:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 cups bleached all-purpose flour plus more for kneading
  • 1 2/3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk whole recommended
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Instructions

For the orange butter sauce:

  1. Boil orange juice for 5 minutes or until reduced in half.
  2. Add butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat.

For the orange biscuits:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Use your fingers to rub sugar and zest together until the sugar is moistened and looks like wet sand.
  3. Whisk together orange sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Cut in shortening using two forks or a pastry blender until it is the size of small peas.
  5. Combine milk and orange juice then stir in to flour mixture. It will make a sticky dough.
  6. Turn out dough onto a well-floured work surface. Sprinkle the top with flour and knead about six times with folding dough over in half and using more flour as needed.
  7. Pat dough out to 3/4-inch thickness. Cut out biscuits with a round cutter, by dipping the cutter in flour then pressing the cutter into the dough. Do not turn cutter while pressing.
  8. Place cut out biscuits close together but not touching on a baking sheet.
  9. Gather dough scraps and fold 2 or 3 times, pat out again, and cut biscuits. Repeat until dough is used up.
  10. Brush tops with orange butter sauce.
  11. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  12. Serve warm or at room temperature with remaining sauce.

Recipe Notes

Yield depends on size of biscuit cutter.