I love breakfast sweets and scones are one of my favorite. Give me blueberry or orange cranberry scones with a cup of coffee and I am a happy camper.
For those who do not know, a scone is a biscuit-like pastry that can be savory or sweet. Popular savory varieties include ham and cheese, sun dried tomato or salmon and dill. Popular sweet varieties include cranberry and orange, blueberry, or lemon poppy seed. Just about anything can go into scone. Be creative!
What’s the difference between scones and biscuits you may ask? The texture that eggs bring to the dish is key. Scones are usually denser than biscuits. This is one of the reasons that they can hold the extra sweet or savory ingredients.
Scones typically are triangular, but can be round or diamond shaped.
The following is my favorite easy sweet orange cranberry scones recipe that uses the flavors of orange extract, orange zest and cranberries. As a bonus it takes less time to make than to venture out to your local coffee shop!
PrepTime: 15 Minutes + 30 minutes to chill
Baking: 18-22 minutes
Servings: 12 scones
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup cold unsalted butter
1 egg large
¼ cup sour cream
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
|Glaze||2/3 cups powdered sugar|
1-2 tablespoon fresh orange juice
DIRECTIONS For Orange Cranberry Scones
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or make life easier by using a Silpat® non-stick baking mat
- Set aside
Step 2 – Mix Dry Ingredients
Mix first 4 dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
When mixed, cut in butter with fork until butter is in pea-sized pieces. Make sure to use cold butter for flakier scones.
Step 3 – Mix Wet Ingredients
In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients excluding the craisins. Whisk to combine.
Step 4 – Gently Fold Wet Ingredients into Dry
Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Add in the craisins and stir until just mixed.
Step 5 – Shape Dough
- On a clean workspace, sprinkle ¼ cup of flour.
- Pour scone batter onto floured surface and lightly knead into a ball.
- Roll the dough into a rectangle (approximately 6 x 10 and ½ inches high).
- Cut in the rectangle in half lengthwise, and then each half into 3 rectangles.
- Then, cut each rectangle diagonally to create triangle-shaped pieces.
Step 6 – Chill
Place the scone triangles onto the baking sheet. Allow 1-2 inches between them.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before baking.
Step 7 – Bake
Place scones in 400 degree oven and bake for 18-22 minutes. Bake until toothpick comes out clean.
The orange cranberry scones should be golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes.
Step 8 – Make Glaze
While the scones are cooling, mix powdered sugar and orange juice. Mix until well blended with no lumps. Drizzle the orange glaze on top of the warm scones and serve!
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Orange Cranberry Scones Variation: Use blueberries instead of craisins.
|Trivial Fact #1: Although scones originated in Scotland in the early 1500s, they did not become popular until the 18th century, when the Duchess of Bedford requested them with her afternoon tea.|
Trivial Fact #2: Although craisins refer to dried cranberries, the word “craisin” is a name that is a registered trademark for the Ocean Spray Cranberry Company!