Cranberry and Orange Scones with Orange Glaze
Are you guys ready for Valentine’s Day yet? I’m just now finalizing my plans but this weekend already promises to be a busy one. It’s been one of my February baking goals to learn to make scones. S goes to Starbucks almost every morning on the way to work and without fail I am regaled with tales of their Cranberry and Orange Scones.
I’ve never made scones before so I thought this was the perfect time to learn to bake some. If you’re making breakfast for someone on Valentine’s Day or making the snacks to take on a hike or even a walk on the beach these scones are the perfect treat. I used this recipe and they were really easy to make too.
Just like the directions call for, I used a medium sized mixing bowl and poured in the 1/3 cup of sugar. Then I used the zest of one orange. The recipe calls for the zest of two medium oranges but I only had one on hand given that someone ate the other one for a snack before I realized it.
When you mix the orange zest and the sugar, it is really aromatic.
Next, I poured in the 2 cups of all-purpose flour, the teaspoon of baking powder, the ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and the ½ teaspoon of salt.
And I mixed those ingredients with the orange zest and sugar mixture.
The recipe calls for 8 tablespoons of unsalted grated frozen butter but I since I woke up this morning and thought, “today I’ll make scones” my butter was not frozen. It was a little tricky trying to grate it at the end because the pieces of butter were beginning to soften.
In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup sour cream with 1 egg.
Using a fork mix the sour cream mixture with the flour mixture.
When large dough clumps started to form, as Jamie said they would,
Add in the cranberries
and start mixing the rest of the dough by hand. It was a little sticky at first but just keep mixing the dough into the sides and bottom of the bowl and it all comes together.
My Mom bought me this baking mat for Christmas and I love it. Just put a little bit of flour on the baking mat or whatever flat surface you’re using and
begin to flatten out the dough. Jamie suggests about 7 inches so you’ll be able to get at least 8 scones out of the mixture.
I flattened to about 9 inches (I’m eyeballing here) and I was able to get 7 scones. Yep, those math skills are still obviously sharp.
The directions say to preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the unbaked scones on a baking sheet lined with a parchment paper on the low to middle level oven rack. While the scones are baking 15-17 minutes start making the Orange Glaze.
3 tablespoons of melted butter
1 cup of confectioners sugar sifted. You’ll definitely want to take the time to do this so the sugar doesn’t clump up in the glaze. Add ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of orange juice and
whisk until smooth.
Allow the scones to cool for 10 minutes on a cooling rack.
I lined the baking sheet with paper towels to catch the over pour of the glaze so clean up would be easier.
If you’re scones will fit in the container it’s best to dip the top of the scones directly into the glaze.
If the scone won’t fit just drizzle the glaze over the scone and allow to harden.
I had enough glaze to double dip.
See you guys back here tomorrow. My sweet friend Kimberly Clair is helping me celebrate romantic living this Valentine’s Day.
CoCo- Wow…you are a fabulous baker! I have never tried to make scones before, but now I feel encouraged to give it a go. It never fails that an ingredient you thought you had on hand is missing when you’re ready to use it. The scones look delicious and I’m sure that extra orange zest won’t be missed.
Well, in my defense, I would have had the other orange had it not become snack food. These are really easy to make and they taste so good. I know you’re going to love them lady!
My husband loves scones so this one I’ll have to try just for him. Thank you for sharing because I would have never thought it could be so easy to make, and probably would have never attempted to make them from scratch. Have a wonderful day sweet Coco!
Iris, your husband will love these and they are really easy to make. I always saw them in magazines and thought they must be really hard but I was pleasantly surprised. I know it’s cold where you are so stay warm. Hope you have a wonderful day too sweet girl, coco
These sound delicious! Since I’ll be at the grocery later today I’ll pick up everything to make these. If I gain any weight I’m blaming you! Haha!
Liz, you are so sweet to try these! They are totally fantastic. I know you’re going to love them. Hugs, coco
Wow, these cranberry orange scones look delicious. I’d love to have one right now with a fresh cup of coffee!
Thanks so much Mary Beth! I’ve never made them before so I was really excited that they actually turned out 🙂