Cranberry Orange Scones Barefoot Style

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The other day Mom asked me if I would make her some scones, she wanted orange cranberry.  Having already made orange cranberry scones before (check them out here), I decided to look for a different recipe.  Mom and I are huge fans of Ina Garden, The Barefoot Contessa so I decided to go with her recipe.  I have never made anything of her’s that I didn’t love! I was going to make this recipe a couple years ago but didn’t have any oranges so I made them into Cranberry Lemon Scones, which were delicious, so this time I went with the original.

This recipe was adapted from Foodnetwork.com Cranberry Orange Scones by Ina Garten

Cranberry Orange Scones

4 cups plus 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoon grated orange zest
3/4 pound cold butter, diced
4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cold half & half
1 cup dried cranberries
egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk, for egg wash
1/2 cup icing sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 F

2. Zest orange and combine with 4 cups flour, 1\4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in bowl of an electric mixer, mix at lowest speed to combine

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3. Add cubed butter and mix at lowest speed until butter is approximately the size of peas, some will be a little larger

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Must be good, that’s a lot of butter!!

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4.  Combine eggs with half & half and add while mixer is on low, dough will be lumpy and wet

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5. Combine cranberries with the remaining 1\4 cup of flour, add and mix on low until blended

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6. Dump onto a floured surface and divide into 2 discs, approx an inch thick

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7. Slice in wedges and pace on a lined cookie sheet.  Prepare egg wash, lightly coat scones and sprinkle with sugar

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8. Bake at 400 F for 23 minutes or until lightly golden

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9. As scones cool prepare glaze, combine icing sugar and freshly squeezed orange juice

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10. Drizzle on scones

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Enjoy!

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Yet again an Ina Garten recipe was amazing, these scones were delicious! The texture was perfect, light and flaky from all that amazing butter.  There was a hint of orange, nothing overpowering, but you know it is there.  The tartness of the cranberries went perfectly with the orange.  The slight sweetness from the glaze brought everything together. These are definitely a keeper.  Mom, as did everyone else, loved them!

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