Sunday, August 28, 2011

Scone Anyone?

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Scones
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 stick (8 tbsps.) of cold butter 
1 cup dried cranberries, whole or roughly chopped
1 cup white choc. chips (or Baker's White Choc. bar roughly chopped)

1 large orange to zest and juice
1/4 cup heavy cream, buttermilk or whole milk 

In a large bowl sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt with a whisk until well blended.  Add the butter.

With a pastry cutter cut in the butter until it looks crumbly

add cranberries to flour mix

and coarsely chop (I sometimes use white chocolate chips if you can't find the baker's chocolate bars)

add the white chocolate to the flour mixture and combine

zest the whole orange and add to flour mixture

Cut orange and squeeze out all it's juice and pour into flour mixture.  Add cream and with a spatula mix completely then use your hands until it's well blended.  If it feels a little dry that's okay.

Keep in the same bowl, I forgot to make it into a flat fat disk, so if you forget too, that's okay.  Refrigerate.  Wipe down  the counter to prepare the surface (I went ahead and washed all the dishes and utensils).  You can chill the dough overnight too, just make sure to cover it with plastic wrap.

Preheat oven to 375 degree.  So this is what should have been my "disk" dough but instead it is my "ball" dough :)  Anyways, place it on a lightly floured surface (I may have gone overboard on the flour)

With a rolling pin, roll out the ball of dough until it's about 3/4" - 1" thick

Cut 12 slices

Place on cookie sheet

Sprinkle with sugar if desired

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

Remove from oven and let cool.  In the meantime make the vanilla glaze (optional)

Vanilla Glaze
1 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon butter
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until glaze is smooth and there are no lumps.

Place scones on cooling rack and drizzle glaze on each one (you don't have to glaze your scones.  They're just as good by themselves).

Let glaze set for 5-10 minutes

At this point, say nothing, don't tell anyone but grab yourself a fresh cup of coffee, sit down, relax and enjoy a delicious, scrumptious scone.

Now, it's time to share them


  1. My husband adores scones and I've never made them. Your recipe sounds so good!

  2. Yummy! I've never tried to make scones before. I think I'll have to give them a try :)


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