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.