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Benefits of citrus fruit:

- lowers cholesterol

- protects skin from free radicals that are linked to aging

- high in vitamins B6, potassium and magnesium

- keeps blood pressure in check

- helps with inflammation in the body

- vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, which assists in fighting off cold and flu symptoms

The list goes on and on when it comes to citrus fruit, and they taste great to boot! So, to start off citrus fruit season, these orange poppyseed scones with a secret ingredient are here to brighten up what seems to look like a very dreary and rainy week ahead.

Happy Sunday!

Orange Poppyseed Scones:

1 1/4 cup Robinhood GF flour blend or all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup frozen grated butter

zest of half a large orange

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup pure pumpkin puree

1/8 cup juice of an orange

1/8 cup milk of choice

1 tbsp poppyseeds

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and soda, and cinnamon.

3. Cut in the frozen grated butter using a two forks or your hands. Work the dough as little as possible until it is crumbly; mixing too much results in very dense scones.

4. In another bowl, mix together the honey, pumpkin, orange juice and zest, milk and poppyseeds.

5. Form the dough into a disk about an inch thick, and cut into 8 wedges. Place the wedges separated on the lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before baking.

6. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown and baked through.

Additional Tips:

- If you want scones that are extra crisp and crumbly, brush the exterior with whole milk, heavy cream or buttermilk!

I finished mine with a mixture of coconut cream and honey, but you can always make a glaze using 1 cup of icing sugar and a few splashes of milk until you reach the desired consistency.

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