Cranberry-Orange Scones

"This recipe courtesy of Hotel Carter in Eureka, California."
Cranberry-Orange Scones created by Marg CaymanDesigns
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  • 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.

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  1. Lynn Doellman
    I love this recipe. I have received so many compliments and I have people ask me to make them. I Love adding dried fruit, orange zest and white chocolate chips. YUMMY! I then brush the tops with milk and put a fair amount of decorating sugar (thicker than regular sugar). Another version is chocolate chips and oatmeal! The possibilities are endless with this recipe. Be adventurous! I separate the dough into two balls andI use a pizza cutter to cut them, and I cut into 8 pieces each. Perfect size!
  2. cfletcher
    I made these yesterday and was very pleased! The recipe made 8 large scones. I started by using forks to cut in the butter but ended up using my fingers as I don't have a pastry cutter. This worked much better than forks. I also added some orange flavour (just a drop) but I found that it made a big difference as I like the orange flavour. I was true to the recipe in every other respect. Thank you so much for a great go-to scone recipe as I am sure that I will use this again and again!
  3. Marg (CaymanDesigns)
    FANTASTIC!! I was going to make muffins and decided to give scones a shot. I'm so glad I did! The only thing I did differently was use about 2 Tbls. of orange zest rather than the peel. I also used a pastry blender to mix the butter in rather than my fingers. The resulting scones are tender, moist and full of flavor! Very easy to make and even easier to eat!
  4. Marg (CaymanDesigns)
    Cranberry-Orange Scones Created by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
  5. joanne s.
    These were absolutely delicious. They browned beautifully on the parchment paper. I only made one addition and that was 1 tsp. of orange extract. I will definitely be making these again.



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