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Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones

Tender, flaky Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones are a delicious way to enjoy breakfast. Loaded with brown sugar, cinnamon, and citrus zest, these are the best you’ll ever try! And the honey glaze makes these scones extra tasty.

Honey citrus glaze being drizzled over baked sweet potato scones.

Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones

Did you do anything great this weekend? I spent my weekend baking away in the kitchen. I was determined to create pumpkin scones and another sweet potato scone recipe that was more delicious than my sweet potato scones with brown sugar glaze.

I made only a few adjustments to the recipe and ended up with an incredible flavor profile. These honey citrus sweet potato scones are so moist, soft, flaky, and full of flavor. In my opinion, they are pure perfection.

It’s often a challenge to add puree to a scone base and have the texture turn out just right. But I’m so happy with these results. I can’t wait for you to try them!

Butter cut into flour in a glass mixing bowl.
Sweet potato puree mixture in a glass bowl.
Shaggy sweet potato scone dough in a glass mixing bowl

Tips for making honey citrus sweet potato scones

First, roast the sweet potato in the oven instead of boiling it. This enhances the natural sugars in the potato making it extra sweet.

I wrapped mine in foil and let it cook for 2 hours in a 400°F oven. I used a rather large potato so adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your potato.

When grating your fresh orange and lemon zest be sure not to grate down to the white skin of the fruit. You only want the colored portion of the rind. The white part is bitter and will give your scones a bitter taste.

The next tip and this one is really important, is to not over mix the dough. The dough should be rough; so don’t strive for a smooth dough. This was the mistake I made so many times when I first started making scones.

Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scone dough shaped in a round disc on white parchment paper.
Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scone dough shaped in a round disc and cut into triangles on white parchment paper.
Unbaked sweet potato scone triangles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Also, because we are using cold butter, you want it to stay cold, so work quickly. You want to handle the dough as little as possible since the warmth of your hands will warm the butter. This plays into the tip above. The less you mix, the colder the butter, the flakier the product.

I shaped the dough in a circle and then sliced it like a pizza. When shaping the dough, gently pat it into a 7-inch round disc instead of rolling it. Then, cut the disc into 8 equal-sized wedges.


Freeze the scone dough before baking

Arrange the wedges on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat and pop the entire thing into the freezer for 30 minutes. This is a trick I learned about a year ago and it helps to ensure the scone dough is super cold before going into the oven.

Brush the tops with heavy cream just before baking so they’ll bake up gorgeously golden brown.

For added deliciousness, I made a syrupy glaze with honey, brown sugar, and butter. Melt it all together in a saucepan and pour it over the baked scones.

You definitely don’t want to skip the glaze. It goes so well with the citrus sweet potato combo.

Baked Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones on a baking sheet lined with white parchment paper.

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Honey citrus glaze being drizzled over baked sweet potato scones.

Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones

Yield: 8 scones
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Tender, flaky Honey Citrus Sweet Potato Scones are a delicious way to enjoy breakfast. Loaded with brown sugar, cinnamon, and citrus zest, these are the best you’ll ever try! And the honey glaze makes these scones extra tasty.

Ingredients

For the scones

  • 2 ½ cups (325 g) all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cups (73 g) light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup (120 ml) buttermilk
  • ½ cup (66 g) cooked mashed sweet potato
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the glaze

  • ¼ cup (84 g) honey
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions

Make the scones

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, orange zest, lemon zest, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir with a whisk to combine. 
  2. Using a pastry cutter, fork, or two knives, blend the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles pea-sized crumbs. 
  3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk the buttermilk, sweet potato, and vanilla together, then add it to the flour mixture. Stir just until the dough comes together, taking care not to over mix.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it gently about 5 times. Shape the dough into a 7-inch round disk. Cut the dough into 8 equal sized wedges. 
  5. Arrange the scones 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the scones in the freezer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  6. Brush the tops of the scones with cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool then drizzle with glaze. Scones are best enjoyed right away.

Make the glaze

  1. Combine the honey, brown sugar, and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the sugar melts and the mixture becomes smooth. 

Notes

This recipe yields 8 large scones. For smaller scones, cut the dough into  16 pieces instead of 8.

Watch the scones closely as they bake because smaller scones may require a shorting baking time.

Make ahead tip

  1. You can refrigerate the dough overnight then simply shape the scones and bake them the next day.
  2. You can keep leftover scones for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
  3. Unglaze scones can be frozen for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight then reheat and glaze before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 219mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Kenzie

Thursday 21st of December 2017

These look delicious! I would love to try them, is it possible to use while wheat flour instead of all purpose?

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 26th of December 2017

That should be fine. You may need to adjust the amount of liquid needed. And the overall texture of the scone will not be the same as the original recipe.

plasterers bristol

Monday 20th of July 2015

this sounds good. Something new to try as well. thanks for sharing this recipe.

Simon

CakePants

Saturday 19th of July 2014

These look amazing! Looking at them, I'd never guess that these were made with sweet potato - and it just so happens that I have one lonesome sweet potato left over from another recipe! How serendipitous :)

Jen

Monday 21st of July 2014

I suppose you are in luck with this recipe then. ;-) I do hope you enjoy it. Thank you for taking the time to stop by my site.

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