Gentle Readers, there is little The Practical Cook enjoys more with a cup of coffee than a nice scone. But I’m not a plain scone sort of person, I like things with chew. These Orange Cranberry Scones are the perfect blend of citrus pop and buttery goodness. Best of all, they’re a snap to make in the food processor.
Orange Cranberry Scones Recipe
Based on a recipe from The Quick Recipe, by the Cook’s Illustrated people.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup heavy cream (I use Mapleview Farms cream, a local dairy, see what you can find, fresh cream rocks)
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in the workbowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse 6 times to combine. (I won’t tell if you pulse a few more just for fun.)
3. Distribute the butter evenly over the dry ingredients, sprinkle the zest in, and then combine with a dozen 1-second pulses. Add the cranberries and pulse one more time. (Again, pulse a couple times if you need to for distribution purposes.)
4. Pour the cream evenly over the mixture, then pulse until moist pebbles start to form, eight to ten 1-second pulses.
5. Transfer dough and all bits to a clean work surface (I like my baking mat) and knead the dough by hand until it just comes together in a ball, about a half dozen kneads. Pat the dough into an 8-inch circle (think size of cake pan) and cut into 8 wedges. Put the wedges on the prepared baking sheet.
6. Bake until the tops are light brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool the scones on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes. Serve promptly!
**If you need to make in advance, cook till just done, then reheat in a warm oven.
I’m going to get the teapot now. In fact, I’m in London as you’re reading this, so that is probably a true statement. Are you a scone fan? Do you like them plain or with stuff in them? Post a comment below! I can hear you lurking . . .
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