Friday, November 04, 2011

Cranberry Orange Scones


As I mixed together these scones I could not recall ever baking with dried cranberries.  I know I have used fresh and frozen, but I don't remember using dried cranberries. Isn't that strange?  Anyway, I love the flavor of orange with just about anything, but I especially love it with cranberries.  I upped the orange flavor by increasing the orange zest that was called for in the original recipe.  I used the zest from one average-sized orange which was a little more than a tablespoon.


The snack plates and cups that are pictured are from my mother-in-law’s china set.  The placemat and the napkin in the basket were also hers.  I talked a little bit about my mother-in-law when I posted the Fall Harvest Bars--a recipe that is similar to bars that she used to make.  Fall always brings back wonderful memories of my in-laws.  We spent lots of time together every fall.  While my husband and his dad were out hunting, his mom and I cooked, baked, and chatted.  Since my mother-in-law passed away 5 years ago on Halloween, and my father-in-law passed away two years later on November 2nd, they have both been in my thoughts all this week.  My husband and boys are away hunting this weekend, and I know they will be thinking of their dad and grandpa.  And I sure miss having my mother-in-law to cook, bake, and chat with.


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Cranberry Orange Scones
A flavorful and easy to make cranberry orange scone recipe.

Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter, cold
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
1. Combine the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.2. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.3. Add the buttermilk and stir until just combined then gently fold in the cranberries and orange zest.4. Turn dough onto floured surface and divide in half.5. Form dough into (2) 6-inch circles and cut each circle into 6 wedges for a total of 12 wedges.6. Place wedges onto an ungreased baking sheet and brush with milk.7. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon then sprinkle over the scones. 8. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.9. Remove to wire rack and serve warm.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

28 comments:

  1. How nice that you used your MIL's china and her linens in memory of her! I know she would have loved to bake these delicious scones with you~

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  2. Mmmm placed next to that cup of hot tea - these scones are alluring even at night! Orange and cranberry is a fantastic flavor combination, especially in the morning.

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  3. *sigh* what a lovely tribute to your MIL. She would have love it, I suspect! Like you - I LOVE orange in baked goods....and dried cranberries. Aren't they delightful to cook with?!

    BTW - this is WAY over-due (sorry it took so long) I'm following you on Google Follower!

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  4. I know your mom in law watched over you as you have prepared these terrific scones. She smiled when you used her China and placemats...That was so sweet of you to rememeber people who may no longer be with us but whose memories will live on forever. I love the combination of your scones. Wanna try this out before the week ends..;)

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  5. Those are gorgeous!!!I love cranberrys...

    Kisses
    Rita

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  6. What a wonderful recipe to remember a wonderful person =)

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  7. Yum, this makes me want to run into the kitchen and make some scones! And what a beautiful tribute to your mother in law, using her dishes for these, especially since you've been thinking of her lately, beautiful!

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  8. Those scones looks delicious, great photo! I also love the orange and cranberry combo!

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  9. I absolutely love the combination! recently posted a bundt cake. Your scones look divine! :)

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  10. Beautiful memories and wonderful recipe. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  11. I love the combo of cranberry and orange in baked goods! These scones look delicious and I love your mother-in-laws china!

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  12. I love the cranberry orange combo in the scones. when I make frsh cranberry sauce, I put a lot orangee zest in the sauce. It's so nice of you to remembe your MIL, by using her snack sets and linens.

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  13. Lovely post. It's always nice to let the memory of loved ones inspire a recipe, taking a moment to remember what you loved most about them :)

    Buzzed!

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  14. Fall's a wistful time for us, too. What a lovely tribute to your mother-in-law, especially using her pretty china in the photo. Love the zest-it really makes such a difference. Great post!

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  15. Cranberry Orange bread is one of my favorites but I've never had it in scones. These look fantastic and will definitely save this recipe to make sometime this holiday season. Thanks for sharing. Your new blog looks pretty!

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  16. Your scones look delicious and the presentation with your mother-in-law's china and placemats is gorgeous.

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  17. Lovely scones....and they are so beautifully presented.

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  18. These are gorgeous! My favorite flavors~

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  19. Love cranberries and I can imagine how orange goes so well with it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  20. Orange and cranberry are a great flavor combination. What a nice tribute to your family.

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  21. I've been madly in love with the orange cranberry scones at Starbuck's this year, but I live way too far away from one to indulge as often as I would like! These look like the perfect substitution.

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  22. Lovely scones...cranberries and orange go so well together. The texture of the scones is very pretty.

    It's great you had such a good relationship with your mother-in-law. I'm sure you treasure her china and linen as you remember her. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

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  23. Jill...must be a bittersweet time of year for you. How lovely that you keep them close at heart and even lovlier to use your mother in law's china and linens in this post! They are so pretty. And so are your scones! Picture perfect, as a matter of fact! And I love the combo of orange and cranberry!

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  24. You had a wonderful mother-in-law that is a blessing. Sure she will remain in your memories. This orange cranberry scones looks perfect for this fall. I love dried cranberries a lot.

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  25. Gorgeous china, which my mom also used to own, the wheat pattern...so sixties. Also the linen which is still so elegant...looks very familiar.
    You sure have graced their beauty with you perfect English look of the yummy cranberry-orange scones, and lovely tea!
    Would love to join you for a nice cup of tea, and your delish scones:DDD

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