Easy Orange Cranberry Scones

FROM: Renee's Kitchen Adventures: http://www.reneeskitchenadventures.com/2017/11/easy-orange-cranberry-scones.html

Tender, sweet biscuit like dough is studded with orange flavored dried cranberries and covered in an orange glaze.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 cup COLD unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar (for topping)
  • FOR GLAZE: (optional)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 TBS orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a small pan, add the cranberries and orange juice. Cook on med heat until most of the juice absorbs into the dried cranberries. (About 5 - 10 min.) Take off heat and cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Set aside one sheet pan and a piece of parchment to fit.
  3. In a large food processor, fitted with the blade, add flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. Pulse to combine.
  4. Add COLD butter cubes and pulse until the butter is the size of small peas. Dump mixture into large bowl and create a well in the middle.
  5. In large glass measure, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour into the well you created with the flour mixture. Stir until JUST COMBINED. (if mixture seems dry, add a little more buttermilk)
  6. Lightly dust the parchment with a little flour, then dump the dough onto the paper. Flatten out with hands and dump the cranberries on top. Fold dough over 2 or 3 times to combine, then pat into a 10" circle.
  7. Place parchment on baking sheet. With a serrated knife, cut into 8 "pie" slices. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. granulated sugar, if desired.
  8. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until done and beginning to brown. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes, then with the knife, cut the "pie" slices all the way through. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  9. If using glaze, combine the powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth. Drizzle on warm scones.

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.

Total time: 30 mins.


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