Baking Therapy: Cranberry Scones

For some odd reason, whenever I get stressed or upset about something, I tend to bake. Not cook, but bake. Generally, if Scott comes home and finds a lot of baked goods lying around and there’s no special occasion coming up, he knows to be extra sweet to me that day.

I can recall one instance in high school that I produced cookies, an apple pie, and a cake… all in the same day.

Aside from the extra pounds, this tendency usually has good (and tasty) results.

My homesick blues tend to come and go, and this morning they were in full swing. Instead of hopping in the car and making the 9-hour drive to see my parents in Vermont, I opted to make cranberry scones instead. I was pretty sure my boss wouldn’t be happy if I called out Monday morning because I was several states away.

I didn’t take a huge amount of photos, but to me baking looks pretty much the same unless you’re doing something fancy. Mix dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients, combine, bake. So here’s what I wound up with.

This recipe is once again from my trusty Better Homes & Gardens red plaid cookbook. If you don’t have one, I suggest you go out and get one. Also – I halved this recipe when I made it since we do NOT need 12 scones lying around this house. The ingredients below make a full dozen.

Cranberry Scones

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream (I used fat free half’n’half for my stomach)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or Craisins)
  • whipping cream or milk
  • sugar (I used Domino’s raw sugar – the large granules don’t dissolve as much on top of the scones)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl combine flour, the 2 tbsp sugar, the baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in center of the flour mixture; set mixture aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, the 3/4 cup whipping cream, and dried cranberries. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Using a fork, stir just until moistened.
  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing it for 10 to 12 strokes or until dough is nearly smooth. Divide dough in half. Pat or lightly roll each dough half into a 6-inch circle. Cut each circle into six wedges.
  4. Place dough wedges 2 inches apart on an un-greased baking sheet. Brush wedges with whipping cream and sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden. Remove scones from baking sheet; serve warm.

Mmm… fresh out of the oven.

And of course I went a little crazy with breakfast too, but oh man was it good. I wish I had time for breakfast like this every morning!

Overall – the scones only took like 15 or 20 minutes tops to assemble and get in the oven, and were just coming out by the time I got the eggs and bacon ready. Great for if you’ve got a couple of friends visiting for the weekend and you don’t want to make a huge breakfast casserole or pancakes.

Nothing like a little baking & breakfast therapy to make you feel better! (Not to mention Skype-ing with your parents & grandparents helps a bit too.)

Hope you all had a great weekend – and I know you’re going to love these scones so hurry up and make them and we can drool over them together!

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5 thoughts on “Baking Therapy: Cranberry Scones

  1. I often bake when I’m stressed too! Those look yummy… I love scones! And if you ever come across a recipe for cranberry orange scones, let me know. There’s a tea tavern in Annapolis that has them and they’re heavenly. I’ve tried altering my scone recipe, but only come up with mediocre results.

    • Well it just so happens that the recipe does have an alteration for orange scones! If you try it out – let me know! Here’s what BH&G says. “Prepare as above, except omit the dried cranberries (I think you could keep them!) and stir in 1 1/2 tsp finely shredded orange peel with the egg mixture. For icing, combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tbsp orange juice, and 1/4 tsp vanilla; stir in additional orange juice, 1 tsp at a time, to reach drizzling consistency. Drizzle over baked scones.” Oh heck who am I kidding – I’ll probably try them in the next few days too! 🙂

  2. Looking at the cranberry scones, I could taste those delightful things and felt the urge to head to the kitchen and bake some.

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