Orange Cranberry Scones

Yesterday, I made scones. Today, I must make scones because yesterdays scones are gone and I’m sad.

This was my first time ever making scones and maybe my second time actually eating them, I’m not sure. I cannot ever recall there being scones in our house; we’re more of a cookie, doughnut and pie family, I guess. These scones, however, have totally changed my tune. I would choose one of these over any doughnut.

I was inspired to make these scones. Ever since buying and eating Trader Joe’s Orange Flavored Cranberries, I just knew that they would taste amazing in a scone, muffin or any type of bread. I’m delighted that I chose to use them in a scone recipe; now I’m less tempted to eat them straight from the bag. Do yourself a favor if you live by a TJ’s, buy yourself some of these cranberries the next time you go. Not just because they are delicious but because they’ll make these scones ten times better.

All I can say is, thank goodness I only made half a batch because it left me with six pretty large scones and I could not stop eating them. I took a nibble here and a nibble there and pretty soon one scone was gone. I quickly stored the remaining scones in a container to save for the boyfriend. I probably sent him about a dozen messages about these scones and how awesome they were; it would have been unfair for me to consume them all without him. So, I patiently waited.

Needless to say, the scones are now gone and I’m a little sad. I would be baking more as we speak, er type, but alas, I am out of flour; today is a sad, sad day in the Must Come Hungry world. There are no scones, there is no flour and I have barely a cup of sugar left. Looks like I’m in desperate need of another trip to the grocery store; it’ll actually be my first trip this week! Usually by Wednesday I’ve already been to the store a half dozen times.

Orange Cranberry Scones
(Makes 12 scones)

1 c. + 2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. Orange Juice, divided
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tbsp. orange zest
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. butter, chilled and diced
1 c. orange flavored dried cranberries (or regular dried cranberries)
1/2 c. milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set aside the 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tbsp. of orange juice for glazing the scones. In a bowl, combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, orange zest and salt. Add the diced butter and using your hands, incorporate the butter into the flour mixture. Continue until you have a nice crumbly mixture. Add the cranberries and mix. Pour in the milk and the rest of the orange juice. Using a fork, toss the dough until it sticks together in clumps; add more milk if the dough seems too dry. Make the dough into a ball and divide in two; press each half into a 6-inch round circle (1-inch high) on a floured surface. Cut each circle into six wedges and transfer onto a baking sheet. For the glaze, whisk  the reserved sugar and OJ together in a small bowl. Brush the tops of the scones with the glaze before baking.

Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool before serving.

Now I’m off to stock up on flour, sugar and butter! Perhaps I should get some veggies too, you know, to balance everything out.