Sep 13, 2010
Hillary

Cranberry Almond Scones

Cranberry Almond Scones! Delicious!

The balance between full time work, school and an internship is obviously not completely perfect yet, as my absence here proves! I’m still in the kitchen baking and cooking up a storm, however, my days and nights are consumed with lots of reading and writing. I always promise myself that after everything is done for the night I’ll write a quick blog post but by the time that point rolls around my eyes are half open and I’m afraid my words would be of little substance or make much sense! With all that said, I’ve taken a quick break from my daily activities and running around and decided that while I’m fully awake I’d share a recipe I tried out last weekend and LOVED!

These scones were not only quite delicious as a morning treat but they were also quite fitting for some of my close friends’ new adventures! My sorority big sis is now off in the wonderful world of castles and picturesque scenery of Edinburgh and one of my oldest friends who I’ve shared more adventures with than I can count is now moving to London!!! We will have to share laughs across an ocean now! These scones certainly are not the scones I had while in London at tea time (they are more biscuit like) but they are just as tastey and fitting for any tea time affair! I’m not sure if they’re good enough for the queen, but I’m working on it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

(Adapted from Joy of Cooking. Makes 8 medium sized scones.)

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, extra to sprinkle on top
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

When I started making these scones, I realized it was actually my first time! We’ve had them before but Jordan always made them. So, as a first timer, I can honestly tell you that they were easy and done in no time! To start, take a large mixing bowl and combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Give everything a big stir and then cut in the butter. There are different ways to incorporate the butter but I use the same method as I do for biscuits: I just use a fork and mash down until the texture is almost like cornmeal.

Dry Ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and butter.

In a smaller bowl, add the two eggs and beat them until they are completely broken apart and mixed thoroughly. You are going to use some of this egg mixture as a wash for the top of the scones before you put them in the oven so I found it easiest to go ahead and pour a little bit into a small dish/cup until I was ready for the egg wash. To the remaining beaten eggs, pour in the buttermilk and give everything a stir.

Before the wet and dry ingredients are combined, I prefer to add my dried cranberries and almond slices. You can certainly do this after, however, as I was doing this all by hand I found it easier to incorporate the dried fruit and nuts evenly before the dough really forms. When you are ready, pour the wet mixture into your dry ingredients and combine everything thoroughly. I just use a wooden spoon for this task until all the dry ingredients are absorbed.

Wet and dry ingredients combined.

(Before you move on, now is a good time to preheat the oven to 450 degrees.) The next step is actually forming the scone shape! I found it easiest to use a small wooden cutting board with a little flour dusted on the surface but a lightly floured counter will do just the trick. Form the dough into a circular mound and begin to form a flattened circle that is about 3/4 inch thick. Use a sharp knife to then cut the wedge shapes (just continue cutting the dough in half until you have the desired size and number of scones you are looking for). I kept my scones a medium size, knowing they would be a breakfast treat but you can go with any size that suits your occasion!

Wedge shaped scones. This made 8 medium sized scones, which were perfect for breakfast.

Once you have the scones formed, transfer them to your baking sheet. The dough is tad bit sticky so use a knife to help scrape the dough from the underside off the board. For a nice finishing touch, use the beaten eggs you put to the side earlier and brush the egg wash on the top of the scones. If you don’t have a kitchen brush, a paper towel can work just as well. With the egg wash applied, sprinkle some granulated sugar on top and your scones are ready for the oven! The egg wash will make them glisten golden brown when they are done and the bit of sugar makes them look a little extra special!

Scones ready for oven! Egg wash and sugar sprinkle applied!

Let everything bake for 15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and you can barely keep your hands off of them because they look so darn delicious!

Scones fresh out of the oven!

Your kitchen smells wonderful and you now have wonderful scones to enjoy over a warm cup of tea (with or without the queen), a nice breakfast or to just enjoy for the sake of enjoying good food!

I made these last weekend in an hour from start to finish. I made the dough, put them in the oven, cleaned dinner dishes while they baked and with perfect timing, traded the drying towel with an oven mitt to take them out of the oven! As much as I love baking and cooking, I can’t lie and tell you that there is not a single day that I don’t feel up for it. With things swinging into high gear again for me, it is definitely harder. I procrastinated making these until I told myself that I always try to promote homemade cooking on here, even on the days when you just really don’t feel like it. It’s hard, I agree, to keep everything up. However, the moment I get back in the kitchen and my kitchen fills with the wonderful aromas of my recent cooking adventure, it all becomes worth it! For now, that’s cranberry almond scones…in the shell of a nut!

3 Comments

  • Hi! I work with your friend Kristin Mrozinski, she told me you had a food blog too!

    Great recipe, I’ve only made scones once, but these look great!

    • Hi Jenn! I first apologize for the delayed response! I was checking out your site and you have so many great tips, stories and fantastic recipes! I am always searching for new things to make that are both delicious and healthy and you cover both!! I can’t wait to try some! Thanks for visiting and if you had a chance to make those scones, I hope they turned out delicious!

  • great blog. thanks for telling us about it. going to ask my wife to makes these. love scones.

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