- 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
making French pastry fun and accessible, a le cordon bleu paris pastry chef in Versailles
Sundays are such a perfect day for making breakfast, waking up late, and just being lazy.
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
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?