Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cranberry Orange Scones

Mmmm, I love baking during the holidays!!  The flavor or cranberry & orange together is especially wonderful.  I decided to hunt for a fabulous scone recipe with this combination.  I have tried several in the past & they just weren't what I was expecting.  I then found Ina Garten's recipe which can be found here & I was in scone heaven!!  I cut the recipe in half to make 8 scones, which are LARGE!! 

Here's the recipe:                                             

2 cups + 2 T. flour                                                 
2 T. sugar** + additional for sprinkling
1T. baking powder
1 t. kosher salt
the zest of one orange
12 T. cold, unsalted butter, diced
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c. cold heavy cream
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1 egg beaten with 2 T. milk or water, for egg wash
heaping 1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
2 t. orange juice

**NOTE:  If you like sweeter scones, double the sugar.  I think the taste is perfect as is.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In the bowl of electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix 2 cups of flour (save the 2 T. for later), sugar, baking powder, slat & orange zest.  Add the cold butter & mix on lowest speed until the butter is the size of peas.  Combine the eggs & the heavy cream & with the mixer on low speed, slowly pour into the flour & butter mixture.  Mix until just blended.  The dough will look lumpy.  Combine the cranberries with the 2 T. flour, add to the dough & mix on low until blended.

Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface & knead into a ball.  I just patted the dough out into a circle which was about 3/4" thick.  This was very easy to do & then I didn't have to clean a rolling pin!!  Cut the circle into 8 wedges.  Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving plenty of room between each scone.  (You could make 2 smaller circles & then cut 6 scones from each to make 12 smaller scones.)

Brush the tops with the egg wash & sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes & then whisk together the confectioners' sugar & orange juice & drizzle over the scones.

Be prepared to bite into  the most luscious scone !!

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  1. Aren't these lovely! They look and sound delicious and they would be perfect on the Christmas brunch table. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. this scone looks heavenly! As a collector of scone recipes, I thank you :)

  3. The scones left me speechless,Kitty!they have turned out so nice and just look at that color and glisten - absolutely yummy!!

  4. These look so good! I love using dried cranberries in my baking. My sister in Nacogdoches bakes wonderful scones too.

  5. I love scones, and these sound soooo good! Can you post your strawberry jam recipe?

  6. yum! thanks for the recipe! these would be great on Christmas morning!

  7. Oh, these look so good! I've never tried making scones (but love eating Maybe I'll try this recipe! Thanks!

  8. These looks so good! Wish I had one right about now.

  9. These scones look and sound amazing. I would love it if you came to link to my holiday recipe swap blog hop. It is my first ever! Love these recipes.
    -Erin Kennedy

  10. back to say DELISH and thanks for sharing, Kitty!

  11. This is my favorite scone flavor! Thanks so much for sharing ~ I will definitely be making them. So glad I found your blog via Trish. I'm a new follower and look forward to more of your recipes.

    Stop by and say hi when you can!

  12. Kitty, if only I had your wonderful scone with cranberries and orange. This is one of my favorite combinations and a perfect scone for Christmas. Have a wonderful week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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