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CitrusLove BlogHop: Clementine Cranberry Scones

CitrusLove BlogHop: Clementine Cranberry Scones

I used fresh cranberries for the first time in my Mandarin Orange & Cranberry cookies last week.  And let me tell you… I must be a crazy woman for not ever using these before!

This morning, the Cake Duchess posted a recipe for scones that featured these beautiful little berries and I knew I just had to whip up a batch with the rest of my cranberries!

The scones turned out SO GOOD.  Seriously.  Warm, fresh from the oven with a little butter on them.  Almost too good to eat! They are tart, yet sweet… full of beautiful color and flavor with a crispy sugar crust.

I will definitely be making these again!

Clementine Cranberry Scones
makes 6 large scones

Supplies:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
zest of 3 Clementine oranges, about 2-3 tsp

1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

1 cup chopped fresh cranberries

1 tsp vanilla extract
8-10 tbsp milk, divided

1 tbsp sugar (use turbinado if you have it)

cookie sheet
parchment paper
cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, orange zest, and salt
  3. Add cubed butter to flour mixture.  Using a fork, press butter into the flour mixture against the side of the bowl.  The goal here is to create a very dry dough where the butter is in small pieces, not chunks… coarse like.
  4. Add the cranberries and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  5. In a small measuring cup, mix together 5 tbsp of the milk and the vanilla together.   Add milk to the flour mixture and combine.
  6. Add 3-5 more tbsp of milk at a time until the mixture forms a dough and no dry ingredients remain.
  7. Move the dough to your cookie sheet and flatten into a round circle about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Cut it into 6 equal triangles with a sharp knife, and space evenly across sheet.
  8. Brush the scones with a tablespoon of milk and sprinkle generously with sugar.
  9. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until tops of scones brown.  Watch carefully you don’t want them to burn!
  10. Remove to a wire rack to cool… or you could smear them with butter and eat warm! YUM!

Recipe adapted from: Cake Duchess 

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Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything}

Monday 16th of January 2012

I've made orange cranberry scones and turned out so good! Can't wait to try your clementine version! YUM!

Lisa

Wednesday 11th of January 2012

THese look really fantastic. I think I need to give scones another go (was never huge fan) Great co-hosting #citrruslove with you!

Terra

Monday 9th of January 2012

Oh just simply beautiful! I love working with fresh cranberries, soooooo much better then dried cranberries:-) I wish it was easy for me to find fresh cranberries all year, it is my mission for sure:-) So happy to host citrus love with you! Hugs, Terra

JavaCupcake

Monday 9th of January 2012

Thanks Terra.... I really need to make them again. They are SO EASY and SO YUMMY!

foodwanderings

Monday 9th of January 2012

I literally gasped. Clementine cranberries scones I must try!! Delicious looking photos. Love hopping with you all!

Jessica | Oh Cake

Sunday 8th of January 2012

I love scones! I bet these are fantastic with a cup of orange pekoe tea!

JavaCupcake

Sunday 8th of January 2012

Thank you :) xoxo

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