Friday, February 26, 2010

Cranberry Orange Scones

Hello hello.

This pregnancy has thrown my appetite some odd twists and turns.
Some days I'm like a famished beast that wants to cook and eat all the best dishes in the world.
Most days however, my only appeal is focused on those recipes that include lots of butter, flour, and sugar.
I think my diet is ruined for life.

But that's okay. Baking is just so delightful and dare I say, that I'd rather be covered in flour and sugar than having my clothes reverberate whiffs of cooked bacon.

And scones lately, I'm obsessed with!
Henry too!

And this recipe, adapted from this website, is a joy. No pun intended.

Another batch might make it our counters today in fact.
Easy, simple, three stars on healthy, and deeeeelicous.

Cranberry Orange Scones with Glaze
1 3/4 cups

1/3 cup granulated white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces

3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup dried cranberries

Zest of one orange

2/3 cup buttermilk

Egg Wash:

1 large egg

1 tablespoon milk or cream

Confectioners' sugar (about 1 cup)
Juice of a half of an orange
Vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl place the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and whisk to combine. Add the butter and using two knives or a pastry blender cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the rolled oats, dried cranberries and zest. Mix until combined. Stir in the buttermilk (adding more buttermilk if necessary) and mix just until the dough comes together.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough four or five times and then pat, or roll, the dough into a circle that is 7 inches round and about 11/2 inches thick. Cut this circle into 8 triangular sections. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Make an egg wash of one beaten egg mixed with 1 tablespoon milk or cream and brush the tops of the scones with this mixture. Sprinkle scones with granulated or other sanding sugar.

Bake for about 15 - 18 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Combine a cup of confectioners’ sugar with the juice of half of an orange (or enough to make the consistency “glaze-like”) and add a touch of vanilla. Pour over hot scones. Eat three.

Makes 8 scones.

Post Edit:

Um, my dear husband just sent me a text picture message seconds ago with him and M.C. Hammer. You know? This guy? Now I have "Can't Touch This" swirling around in my head. Gene pants. Hot.
This makes our entire educational experience worth it.

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