October 06, 2011

Cranberry Orange Scones

AH! This week has been absolutely wonderful. Got a mini vacation with Kyle in the middle of the week (because of his birthday), the weather is fantastic, and yesterday I got to ride around in a golf cart for hours. So, all around it's been pretty fantastic.

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I was attempting Cranberry Orange Scones and I promised I would share the recipe if it turned out semi-good. Weeeell, let me tell you...these things are gooood. Absolutely heavenly with a good cup of tea (or a cup of jo). Even Kyle liked them (after picking out the cranberries, of course ;) ). Here's how it went...

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries (Or a little more, if you wanna it especially cranberryish)
  • 1 cup chilled buttermilk



Preheat oven to 400°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. 


Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into large bowl. (Oooor, if you're like me and don't have a sifter....just use a strainer :) )



Mix in orange peel. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal.





Mix in dried cranberries. 

Gradually add buttermilk, tossing with fork until moist clumps form. 
Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. 
Knead briefly to bind dough, about 4 turns. 
Form dough into 1-inch-thick round. 
Cut into 8 wedges. 



Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. 


Bake until tops of scones are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. 

Let stand on baking sheet 10 minutes. Serve scones warm or at room temperature.



NOW, you can stop here and serve them just like this, but I found them lacking just a teeeny bit. SO, I mixed a half a cup of powdered sugar with a couple tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice. (These measurements don't have to be exact, just mess with it until you get a good icing concistancy). Then drizzle that on top and Viola!!



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