Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Must Bake | Anna Olson's Cranberry Orange Scone

I made this recipe yesterday for the first time, they were so easy and tasted so great I turned around a whipped up another batch - a double batch to be exact. It literally takes five minutes to mix this together, no kneading, just rolling, and whola...scones in the oven and smelling divine!
Anna Olson's Cranberry Orange Scone

1 1/2 C. flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp finely grated orange zest
1/4 tsp fine salt
6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup half-and-half cream (plus extra for brushing)
2/3 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 375* and grease baking sheet or line with parchment.
Place flour, sugar, baking powder and orange zest in a mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a coarse meal, then add the cream. Mix just until dough comes together.
Stir in the cranberries.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough to an inch thick, fold in half and repeat again (this is the secret to a flaky scone). Roll out the dough a third time to a disc 1" thick and cut into six wedges. Place on baking sheet and brush with remaining cream.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until tops are nicely golden.

Makes six large scones (I would cut the scones smaller to get more out of the recipe)

**Slice open a cooled scone and layer with a couple slices of cheddar cheese - a great snack or fast lunch on the go**

6 comments:

Joanne said...

Sounds so Autumn-esk! Yum!
FYI: did you know that you can freeze the scones and pull them out and bake them when needed? I did that the last time a made a big batch....they were great at a moments notice!

Lisa B. said...

Ohhh, I didn't know that but I will so try it!
Thanks for the tip :-)

Tawn said...

LOVE scones!! and I don't have a "quick n' easy" recipe ... now I do! Thanks!

MMM .... a chai tea latte, warm scones and a quiet house. Well, 2 out of 3 ain't so bad *wink*.

Kristin said...

Those look yummy! Will have to try them as it sounds like a good "afterschool snack" kind of food" that's quick and easy to throw together!

Joanne...what?!?! You can just freeze the made dough? Brilliant! Thanks for that tip!

Kristin said...

Those look yummy! Will have to try them as it sounds like a good "afterschool snack" kind of food" that's quick and easy to throw together!

Joanne...what?!?! You can just freeze the made dough? Brilliant! Thanks for that tip!

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