December 15, 2012

Holiday Baking: Cranberry Scones

Last week Elaine and I made cranberry-orange scones using this recipe:


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons more if necessary


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest.
  2. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in dried cranberries.
  3. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add buttermilk, and stir until just combined; do not overmix. Use a little more buttermilk if dough is too dry to work with.
  4. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface; shape into an 8-inch round. Transfer to baking sheet. Cut circle into 8 wedges; space them 1/2 inch apart (to prevent sticking, dust knife with flour). Bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.

It was super easy, and they came out beautifully!

If you are a last-minute-gift kind of person, baking is your best bet for a present from the heart.

(I am most definitely not a last-minute kind of person - I get into the Christmas spirit like, a week after Halloween...  In fact, I have to make sure I don't bake TOO early)

Elaine kindly let me use her kitchen, which was perfect
since she has an arsenal of awesome fancy cooking equipment.

We put some raw sugar crystals on them for funsies

packing them in tins, getting them in the mail as soon as possible!


  1. Oh wow. These look awesome. I wish I was your friend in real life, so I could get a tin of these. Hah.

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  3. Wow these are beautiful! You are a wonder in the kitchen!