Christmas Morning Cranberry Scones
December 23, 2013 § 4 Comments
These scones will be the first thing I’ll be doing on Christmas morning. I’ll just throw on my robe and head to the kitchen. Measure everything out, mix it all together, pop into the oven and put the coffee on. Put on some bacon and wait until the smells find their way upstairs to wake everyone up.
These scones are really quick to make and so worth the effort. Flaky and moist on the inside, buttery and not too sweet. I think buttermilk is the key to making scones. I’ve made them both ways, with and without buttermilk and the buttermilk ones are the winner. Buttermilk gives them that extra tangy flavor, especially when you add some lemon or orange zest to the batter. If you don’t have any buttermilk, you know you can easily make some, just add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a cup of whole milk and let it sit at least 5 minutes.
So here’s a basic recipe, doesn’t take too long so you can surprise everyone with warm scones for that first cup of coffee on Christmas morning.
3 cups flour, I used white spelt
1/4 cup organic sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into smaller pieces
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup dried cranberries
zest of 1 orange or lemon
Line a baking sheet with parchment, or if you don’t have any, just grease with butter. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Cut in the butter, meaning you use either using your hands, food processor or a fork to work the butter into the flour. Not too much though, you want pea size pieces of the butter to remain.
Add the buttermilk and stir with a fork. Fold in the cranberries and zest.
Scoop up the dough, put it onto a lightly floured board and knead a few times. Pat out the dough into a circle, about 6 inches.
Cut pieces like you would a pie and place on baking sheet.
You can sprinkle with some vanilla sugar, plain sugar, or brush with some buttermilk. But it’s ok if you don’t.
Bake about 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool a bit before biting in.