Monday, December 3, 2018

Christmas Scones


We really had some beautiful days here in Texas, and I set up our tea outside today.  Won't you join me for some Christmas Scones?  My baking Santa has been busy in the kitchen!  The greenery in the vase is from my East Palatka Holly trees, which look so pretty in the Winter and the birds like to feast on the berries. 

 I made this tea cozy, to add some festive cheer to my teapot.  


 My friend, Rosie, gifted me this Royal Albert teacup from her late mother's collection.

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 This Santa keeps me company in my Kozy Kitchen!

My late hubby and I always made Christmas Jam for years and years to give as gifts.   The past five years, I made it by myself, but this year, Cissy helped me, and it was a special time to share with her.  You can find the recipe here.  


Yield: 12

Christmas Scones

I needed to use up some buttermilk and found this wonderful recipe.

ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats or quick-cooking (not instant) oats
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, packed
  • 1 cup diced pecans
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • sparkling sugar, optional, but adds a nice crunch

instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter, working it in to make an unevenly crumbly mixture.
  3. Add the fruit and nuts, mixing until they're evenly distributed. Stir in the buttermilk.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and cut it into two pieces. (Keep sprinkling on flour if you need to.) Form each into a disk, and gently pat each disk into a round about 6" in diameter.
  5. Transfer the disks to the prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle them with sparkling sugar, if desired, pressing it in firmly.
  6. With a bench scraper or sharp knife, cut the round into 6 wedges. Do this by cutting straight down through the dough so you shear the edges.  Separate the scones slightly; there should be about 1" between them at the outside edge.  Repeat with second disk.
  7. Bake the scones for 20 minutes, or until they're just beginning to brown. A toothpick inserted into the center of one should come out clean, or perhaps with a few moist crumbs clinging to it.
  8. Remove the scones from the oven, and serve them warm. To serve later, reheat for 10 minutes, lightly tented with foil, in a preheated 350°F oven.
  9. Store any leftovers at room temperature, well wrapped, for several days. Freeze for longer storage.
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I am sharing this with these lovely parties:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea 

24 comments:

  1. WOW!!!What an AMAZING post,Kitty!That Santa is so cute and your table is gorgeous!I love the stunning teacup and your pretty tea cozy,how beautiful!The tablecloth is wonderful!Thanks for the recipe.Hugs to Cissy and you!

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  2. As a lucky recipient of your Christmas Jam, I can vouch for how yummy it is! Bet it's great with a scone Kitty:@)

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  3. Your scones looks delicious Kitty, I wish I had one this morning to go with my coffee! I love your pretty gifted RA teacup and sweet baking Santa! An of course, I always love seeing Cissy's adorable smiling face as she helps you in the kitchen. ♥

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  4. Your husband would be so delighted that Cissy is helping you carry on the jam making tradition. Scones. I adore them and so seldom bake them because I would eat the entire batch and they don’t taste as fine the following day. But I have company coming this week and scones would be lovely.

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  5. I love your December tea cup! And I have all the ingredients for the recipe! Maybe I'll make scones today! Holiday hugs!

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  6. What a pretty tea table setting outside! Love that teacup and your scones look so good. I will have to bring out my December teacup as soon as I finish my Christmas ABC's series. I cannot imagine having tea outside this time of year. We had a snow storm last week and it shut the whole Island down. We were without power for twenty-three hours and it was extremely cold with no heat or lights. We have a pellet stove but if there is no electricity, the stove doesn't work. I can't remember ever losing our power for that length of time in the wintertime. Hope that never happens again! I can just imagine all the fun you and Cissy have in your kitchen! She's obviously taking after her Nana. Happy December, my friend! Hugs!

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  7. That pretty Cissy is a wonderful Santa's helper I am sure! That girl will open up her own bakery one day and will have learned from the best. Love your tea cozy! How adorable Kitty. Thank you for the recipe too. Oh I know you must miss hubby terrible and especially during the holiday season. Think of you so very often my friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  8. I love your baking Santa Kitty. The scones sound and perfect to be baking with Cissy. Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J. Enjoy the week
    Julie

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  9. What a festive tea time. Your Santa is too cute and the tea cozy looks great!

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  10. Your table is so festive, Kitty. Love the Santa, your tea pot all dressed up, the December teacup and those delicious looking scones.
    Sissy looks pretty in her apron.
    Wishing you a happy week.

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  11. What a cute baker Santa! I love the idea of making jam for Christmas gifts. I usually only make jam in the summer after we go strawberry picking.
    Love your Royal Albert teacup too along with the tea cozy you made! You certainly have many talents. Happy first week of December!

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  12. Your baking Santa is such a handsome fellow! I love the pretty Christmas tea table with it's pretty Christmasy colors. It is such a sweet tradition your husband started and you've continued and this year with Cissy. Yummy scones :) Hope you are enjoying a wonderful week Kitty......

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  13. Kitty, I adore your baking Santa and Cissy is so sweet. I think it is so precious she can visit and cook and bake with you. The scones are so perfect with the jam. Your Christmas vignette is lovely. I am wishing you a Merry Christmas and bright New Year. XO

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  14. What a sweet memory you were able to relive with your dear Cissy! She is just precious and such a friend to you, as I know you are to her. It is so inspiring to see how close you are to your precious grandchildren. May the Lord bless all of you this Christmas season!

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  15. Oh, what a sweet and charming post, my friend. Everything looks so beautiful and festive :) LOVE your pretty tea cozy and oh, your scones look divine.

    Wishing you a most wonderful day. Love you!

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  16. Mmmm...and I'll bet it was extra delicious with sweet Cissy's help! The scones look divine and I love the holly! We have a huge holly bush in the backyard but it doesn't get berries every year. Last year it was full and I love to decorate with it! Love & hugs to you!

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  17. SO jealous that you can do that outside!!! It's been miserable here lol. Cissy looks so grown up in that picture!! I love scones . . . but I'd love them more if I were eating them outside like you haha! Well, I SUPPOSE I could but I'd be frozen and so would the scones!

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  18. What delicious looking scones. It's too chilly to enjoy tea outdoors here, but I'm sure they would taste just as wonderful beside the fire. I'm glad you have Cissy to help you make your Christmas jam. I'm off to look at that recipe.

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  19. Oh Kitty this has me positively grinning! Your Chef Santa is so cute with his cookie tray full of Christmas scones and holiday tea! The tea cup is simply beautiful! It makes my heart sing to see Cissy cooking with you, and now she has graduated to jam! New special memories for your jam! I hope December is full of more memory making times with your family!
    Jenna

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  20. Que lindo!
    A xícara é maravilhosa.
    bjs

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  21. Kitty, these scones look/sound absolutely scrumptious! And it's so wonderful that you had Cissy join you in the jam tradition you enjoyed with your beloved. (One can't let "just anyone" in on that!)

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  22. Oooh, the scones sounds delicious, Kitty! What a beautiful teacup your friend gave you. A very special one, indeed, and your tea cozy is adorable :) So is your kitchen helper!

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  23. Kitty, what a sweet holiday tea party! Love the tea cozy you made. I don't feel much like baking lately but I will save this recipe for when I do. I ♥ scones!

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  24. Your Christmas Scones look amazing and your helper is adorable! Hope you are enjoying your week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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