Christmas is next week! I have no idea how that is real. I just finished my Christmas shopping, so no Christmas Eve shopping this year for me 🙁 . I’m spending this Christmas in Denver with my family, and am hoping for a white Christmas! There is no snow in the forecast for now, but my fingers are crossed!
For me, one of the most important things on Christmas is the breakfast! I love scones, so these are a must for me over the holidays. Orange Cranberry Scones are my very favorite and the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe is my go to. My goal in life is to basically be her, and I hope that I too can end up living on the beach indulging in my favorite foods every day. One can dream, right?
I modified her recipe slightly to yield fewer scones and also to be slightly lower in fat. I used nonfat milk instead of heavy cream and they turned out delicious! These will for sure be made for my family on Christmas morning. For now, I’ll just eat all of these…
Orange Cranberry Scones
- 1 1/3 c flour
- 1 tbsp & 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp grated orange zest
- 1/2 c butter (1 stick), cut in to cubes
- 1 egg
- 1/3 c nonfat milk
- 1/3 c dried cranberries
- 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp milk for egg wash
- 1/2 c confectioners sugar
- 2 tsp orange juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest together on low until combined.
- Add the butter and mix on low until the butter is pea sized.
- Mix the milk and egg together and then add to the butter mixture. Continue mixing until it has just combined.
- Add the dried cranberries.
- Dump though dough out on to a well floured surface.
- Flour the top of the dough and roll out in to a rectangle shape about 3/4" thick.
- Cut in to six triangular shaped pieces.
- Place each triangle on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.
- Brush the tops with the egg wash.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
- While the scones are baking, whisk the orange juice and powdered sugar together. Set aside.
- Take the scones out, and let cool for 15 minutes.
- Drizzle the orange glaze you set aside on top.