After having weeks of really hot humid (41 C) weather the temperature plummeted to a wonderfully cool (and rainy) 15 C, perfect weather to get back into the kitchen and do some baking!
I know I wanted to make something but didn’t know what? Mom put in a request for scones. It did not matter what flavour, just wanted scones. I searched to see that I had and I had all the ingredients for these wonderful Ina Garten Cranberry Orange Scones, I did not have oranges so I substituted lemon.
Cranberry Lemon Scones
(adapted from Ina Graten 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 lemon 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 lemon 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 (at this point I knew they were going to be really good. I mean how could anything with 3/4 pound of butter not be good?)
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.
You really can’t go wrong with an Ina Garten recipe. These scones were moist, flavourful and the perfect texture. Adding the lemon glaze gave it just the right amount of lemony tartness. The lemon was an excellent substitution. Definitely will be making another batch of these in the near future