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Becky Cooks - Scones

I've been playing around with scones recently and have tweaked this basic recipe in a variety of ways, testing each version on my coworkers. So far, the reviews have been positive but this Cranberry Orange Walnut version has been the favorite.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup whipping cream, divided
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas.

**Note: I don't have a pastry blender so I grate the butter into the flour mixture and toss it together before putting it in the freezer, and that works well .**

Freeze 5 minutes.

Stir in the nuts and berries, then add 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. cream, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto wax paper; gently press or pat dough into a 7-inch round (mixture will be crumbly). Cut round into 8 wedges.

Place wedges 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush tops of wedges with remaining 2 Tbsp. cream just until moistened.

Bake at 450° for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden.

If you like, you can make a glaze of powdered sugar and the juice of that orange to drizzle over the tops after they cool. That reinforces the citrusy tang and also adds a little extra sweetness which is sometimes nice.

You can also make a smaller version by patting the dough into two 4-inch rounds and cutting each into 8 wedges. If you do, decrease baking times by about 2 minutes.

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hkiptok wrote on March 17, 2015, 6:34 AM

That is a very nice recipe.I think i should try it today

carolscash wrote on March 17, 2015, 6:53 AM

I have never really messed with scones much but I do enjoy eating them. I guess these may have to be a part of my weekend plans. Thanks!

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 17, 2015, 8:03 AM

This is a new take on an old favorite of mine. I do love the way in America things are weighed by the cup instead of having to get the scales out.

FreyaYuki wrote on March 17, 2015, 9:10 AM

These recipe for scones sounds good and delicious emoticon :smile: This post is making me hungry. Better go find something to eat. LOL.

CalmGemini wrote on March 17, 2015, 9:30 AM

I am not much of a cook .But I enjoy collecting cook books and recipes and reading them.So I liked this recipe.By the way,I love to eat scones.

lookatdesktop wrote on March 17, 2015, 10:22 AM

I like the recipe and also the layout of your article. Nice fit. Everything looks as if I were reading from a popular magazine.

VinceSummers wrote on March 20, 2015, 8:31 AM

Scones are nice. I once enjoyed a pumpkin scone. Are there any with molasses?

MelissaE wrote on March 20, 2015, 7:24 PM

This sounds absolutely yummy. I cherish warm scones in the mornings.

BeckyWiegers wrote on March 21, 2015, 5:34 AM

Ooooo, I don't know, but I'll try to find out - a molasses one would be amazing!

BeckyWiegers wrote on March 21, 2015, 5:36 AM

Oh yeahhhh! Warm is best

BeckyWiegers wrote on March 23, 2015, 6:54 AM

Thanks! I can take some credit for the recipe, but not the layout. PP takes care of all that!

BeckyWiegers wrote on March 23, 2015, 6:54 AM

I don't think I would like weighing either - measuring just sounds so much easier to me.

BeckyWiegers wrote on March 23, 2015, 6:55 AM

I hope you tried them, Carol, they are dead easy to make and soooo good!