Monday, October 27, 2008

Delicious Scones!

Here ya go Mom! My mom's favorite breakfast to make is Orange/Cranberry Scones. She always uses the scone mix from Costco and adds her own things so when a daycare kid brought an orange I thought, hey I've got cranberries and went to my trusty internet to find a recipe. They have been a huge hit and we're super delicious. The kids asked for those instead of waffles for breakfast Sunday which never happens.
3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chilled buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into large bowl. Mix in orange peel. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in dried cranberries. Gradually add buttermilk, tossing with fork until moist clumps form. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead briefly to bind dough, about 4 turns. Form dough into 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until tops of scones are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let stand on baking sheet 10 minutes. Serve scones warm or at room temperature.

The only thing I did differently was add two tablespoons orange peel and just sprayed the cookie sheet with Pam. Someone mentioned freezing them for future use, I would also cut them into sixteen wedges as they make rather large scones for kids! Have fun cooking!

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