Cranberry Orange Scones

Sundays are such a perfect day for making breakfast, waking up late, and just being lazy.

I slept in until 8am and then this thing woke me up.
After we had a lovely run in with the neighbors in full PJs, I went back to sleep until 10am. This happens to be the perfect time to wake up on Sunday. It’s enough hours before lunch that you don’t feel guilty making breakfast. You see one hour later and you’re waking up at 11am which is way too close to lunch.
But I woke up at 10. Which means homemade breakfast!!
Baking Tip: When you’re making bread, muffins, scones… where you are adding something that could easily sink to the bottom of the baked good, toss them in a bit of flour. The coating prevents them from sinking!
Mix everything together in a mixing bowl. The batter will look lumpy. Be sure not to overbeat.
Roll out the dough and start cutting. If you notice the small pieces of butter in the dough starting to melt, throw it in the fridge. The pieces of butter melt when these are cooking making them light and fluffy.
Bake until the tops are golden. Cool completely and then drizzle a little glaze over top made with confectioner’s sugar and orange juice.
Cranberry Orange Scones
  • 4 cups plus 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk, for egg wash
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix 4 cups of flour, 1/4 cup sugar, the baking powder, salt and orange zest. Add the cold butter and mix at the lowest speed until the butter is the size of peas. Combine the eggs and heavy cream and, with the mixer on low speed, slowly pour into the flour and butter mixture. Mix until just blended. The dough will look lumpy! Combine the dried cranberries and 1/4 cup of flour, add to the dough, and mix on low speed until blended.
Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it into a ball. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough 3/4-inch thick. You should see small bits of butter in the dough. Keep moving the dough on the floured board so it doesn’t stick. Flour a 3-inch round plain or fluted cutter and cut circles of dough. Place the scones on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Collect the scraps neatly, roll them out, and cut more circles.
Brush the tops of the scones with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are browned and the insides are fully baked. The scones will be firm to the touch. Allow the scones to cool for 15 minutes and then whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and orange juice, and drizzle over the scones.
What do you make for breakfast on Sunday?

5 thoughts on “Cranberry Orange Scones”

  • These look wonderful. Fresh scones in the morning is a perfect way to wake up! And, your dog is too cute, I have 3 that will always wake me up on the weekends too for a walk!

  • Molly these scones are the perfect weekend breakfast treat, especially with cranberry and orange, Yum!

    Thank you so much for participating in the Online Bake Sale. Together we can make it a success!

  • Delish! They look spectacular, and so easy. My favorite type of recipe! This would be great with a big cup of coffee…

  • These scones look wonderful! I'm having company over this weekend just might try this recipe, thanks for sharing! P.S. Your dog is adorable! =]

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