Cranberry Scone Recipe
These cranberry scones are simple and easy to make. With just a bowl, a fork and a clean pair of hands you can have flaky and buttery scones that will impress your friends and family.
Cranberry scones are elegant and festive and can be served for holiday brunches and parties.
They also make a sweet gift for teachers, doormen, your house cleaner or hair dresser!
With just a few ingredients and following the proper mixing methods you will be able to share and enjoy these traditional English scones anytime of the year.
How To Make Perfect Scones?
There are 3 secrets to making the perfect scones:
First, use COLD ingredients. Keep the butter, milk and egg in the fridge until you are ready to use them.
Cold butter releases steam which helps to create a flaky scone.
Second, do not over mix the dough or you will have a hard, dense scone. This dough comes together very quickly.
Third, take the time to chill the scones after they are cut into wedges. This will prevent them from spreading into a mess during baking.
What Do You Eat Scones With?
Scones can be served with breakfast, at brunch, or as an afternoon snack with hot tea or coffee.
Cranberry scones can be served with lemon curd, jam or marmalade.
Scones can be topped with a glaze made with powdered sugar and a little cream or milk, just like the picture below.
Baker’s Tips for the Best Scones
- Double pan the scones to prevent over browning on the bottom.
- Rotate the pan half way through the baking process to prevent burning.
- You may add orange, chocolate chips, dry cherries, raisins, spices or lemon zest to the scones.
- Sprinkle the scones with coarse sugar after they are brushed with the egg mixture or heavy cream, right before baking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Freeze Scones?
Yes, you can. You can freeze the scones after they are cut into wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet.
You can bake them right away or store them in a plastic bag for up to 3 months.
Can I Make A Savory Scone?
Yes, of course you can! A savory scone will be delicious and it’s made from the same scone dough.
You can combine diced ham and cheddar cheese, or cheddar cheese and herbs (chives or scallions) into the dough to make savory scones.
How Many Calories Per Serving?
This recipe is only 285 calories per serving.
What to Serve with this Recipe?
Serve this dish with British delicacies, for example: Yorkshire pudding. For an afternoon tea party, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cold butter
- 3 tablespoons full milk, cold
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse sugar
- Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Cut the dried cranberries into smaller pieces.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, combine milk and 2 tablespoons beaten egg; add to crumb mixture just until moistened. Stir in dried cranberries pieces.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times. Pat into a 6-in. circle.
- Cut into eight wedges. Separate wedges and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes (optional step). Brush the scones with remaining egg, sprinkle with coarse sugar and bake at 425°F (218°C) for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home.
Serving Size8 pieces
Amount Per Serving Calories 285Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 73mgSodium 196mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 1gSugar 15gProtein 5g