Cranberry Orange Scones with Orange Glaze

There was a coffee shop in Toledo that had these lemon blueberry scones that I often day dream about when I am reaching for my afternoon coffee and craving a bit of sugar = the ultimate cure for the mid-day slump that would be better cured with a cat nap…but since curling up in a fetal position under my desk at 3pm isn’t an act that my boss would appreciate…sugar it is.

I wish I had eaten more lemon blueberry scones and fewer carrots.  Too few scones is what I regret most from 6 years of college, not the turning orange from too many carrots.  I was such a wild child.  If I could go back…that is what I’d change.  That is it.  More scones.  And perhaps fewer 8am classes.

Today is a bit of an exception, since I made scones…but on most days, my mid-day sugar fueled energy is in the form of a decent handful of stolen M&M’s or a Hershey’s miniature or a random Sourpatch Kid or LaffyTaffy (and a funny joke) that I found at the back of my desk drawer that might be confused as the best/worst junk drawer ever.

The hospital’s coffee shop sells scones…but they don’t hold a candle to those I remember so fondly.  And I am sure those at Beaners’s (renamed to Bigby…Beaners, come to find out, is not a ‘pc’ name) no longer taste as they did…seeing how my brain has a tendency to misshape and construed people, places, and things of my past – i.e….  Grandma’s house is no longer as large as I remember.   Little Debbie’s don’t have the same pizzazz.  Those scones are of my college days and my memory of them is shaped by so many factors of those days, long ago…I am 97.675% sure that they do not taste as they did then.

My odd fear that prevents me from stopping on my journey home to visit friends and family does not interfere with me from making my own scones.  The way I like and remember.  Full of flavors I am craving.

Loaded with tidbits of goodness, including chocolate chips; fresh, frozen, or dried fruit;  zest of something in the citrus family; any type of nut, roasted pecans being my favorite.  This go around, fresh cranberries and orange zest are smashed together.  Match made in scone heaven.

Sweeter than the true British scone.  And if you want..feel free to cut down on the sugar.  I understand…my sweet tooth is out. of. control.

I like them rich, loaded with butter and cream.  Waist friendly they are not…but darn it…I am eating raw broccoli and carrots right now… let a girl have a bit of butter and cream, guilt free.

Grate a couple of oranges…grate the orange and not your knuckles.

Roughly chop cranberries.  Corralling cats might be easier.

That zest…straight into the flour, sugar, salt, and baking POWDER.  Whisk it up.

There were two batches of scones made before I found the perfect combination of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs to make my scone loving soul sing.  I say this because my hand written pic of a recipe up top…not the final recipe I came to use.  But I like the picture…

 COLD butter needs to be cut into the flour/zest mixture.  I never seem to be able to do this quick enough or my hands are too warm or I get distracted by something shiny and glittery… but I never can get it to pea sized butter bits before it gets warm…solution?  Grate butter on a cheese grater, freeze, stir into flour/zest.  WIN!  This works for biscuits and pie crusts too.

Turn out, knead, shape, make an utter mess of your somewhat clean kitchen, cut.

No biscuit cutter?  Can’t find the biscuit cutter that you used merely 12 hours before?  Cut into triangles or squares or trapezoids.  Beaners scones were triangular.

Cold butter hitting a very hot oven…talk about your scones getting some air.  Poof!   Magic.

 

Wanna know a trick to icing that my mom shared with me … to make icing harden quickly before it all drips off…pop icing covered- insert type of baked good here- into a hot oven ( I used 400F this go around ) for about 20 seconds, NO MORE.  Your icing will come out on your baked good and not on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Every baker needs a few tricks up her sleeves … or apron?

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Cranberry Orange Scones with Orange Glaze
 
makes about 10 to 12 scones
Ingredients
  • 2 + ¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup + 3 Tablespoons White Granulated Sugar, divided
  • ¾ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking POWDER
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Orange Zest
  • ½ Cup (1 stick) Cold Unsalted Butter, diced
  • 1+1/4 Cup Fresh Cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ¾ Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 + ¼ Cup Powdered (confectioner’s) Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon grated Orange Zest
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Orange Juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Toss together roughly chopped cranberries and 3 Tablespoons of sugar in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, ½ Cup Sugar, salt, baking powder, and orange zest.
  4. With a pastry blender, two knives, or finger tips cut butter into flour/zest mixture until butter is pea sized. (if this proves difficult, I find it best to grate butter, freeze, and then cut grated frozen butter into flour/zest mixture)
  5. Fold in cranberries until combined.
  6. In a small bowl (same bowl that cranberries were in), whisk together heavy cream and eggs. Pour over flour mixture and gently stir until the dough begins to come together.
  7. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 6 or 7 times. Pat dough into a disk/rectangle that is about 1 inch in thickness. Cut scones in 2x2inch rectangles or use a 2 inch biscuit cutter and cut dough into rounds. Place scones about 2 to 3 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack and let cool completely before icing.
  10. In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, orange zest and orange juice.
  11. Spoon icing over cooled scones.
  12. Store in airtight container.

Cinnamon Chip Pecan Scones

Dude, this is going to be quick…

It is marathon weekend!  Well, a half for me and a full for others…but anyway you look at it…there are miles to cover and fun to be had!

I have a playlist to make – which, by the time I am done making it,  will be more fitting for a 70 year old who needs pumped up for a few laps around the mall and not the 20 something girl that will be wearing a sparkle skirt and mouse ears Saturday morning, knocking out 13.1 miles.

I have to pack.  Like, find my flip flops and contact case.  Bathing suit?  In mid-January?  Yikes.  These legs are white.  Like blinding pasty white…a white that only exists on the legs of Ohioans in mid-January.  Sunglasses…if not for the sun, then for the glare coming from my kneecaps.  And sunscreen…large vats of the goop – see pasty whiteness above.

I have Thursday night TV to watch….Big Bang and Grey’s is new this week.  I am a TV nerd without a DVR….

Important stuff people…and I have to get you this scone recipe, because seriously…you need to make these this weekend!

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Scones

Happy Tuesday friends!

I am gonna let you in on a little secret about myself…this whole endless sunshine and extreme warmth is wearing out its welcome.  I need rain.  Much like my grass.  I need a few days of overcast skies and big fat raindrops.  Not a thunderstorm.  Just rain.  No blue sky.  No yellow sunshine.  Just gray clouds and cool rain.  Oh and that smell after the rain…Seriously, I need that!  Gloomy, right?  I can’t explain my love/need for this particular weather pattern…but as much as sunshine and heat make you happy, rain and clouds make me happy.

Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that I ‘need’ to live in the cloudy and rainy and mild pacific northwest.  Call me crazy.  Call me nuts.  Call me a whack-a-do.  Or if you are my mother, you will actually be calling to tell me ‘no’.  But a girl can dream, right?

And by pacific northwest, I am channeling Seattle.  And by channeling, I am talking about a mild obsession.

I am more obsessed with Seattle’s weather than the actual city itself…seeing how the closest I have ever gotten to the city is by watching Real World: Seattle and Grey’s Anatomy.  Not joking.  Maybe I should visit first.  And by maybe, I mean I am currently planning a trip…I am thinking fall and I am totally going solo.  Randomly walking around a city by myself seems luxurious and simple and exciting.  So, does anyone have any must do’s or see’s or eat’s for the city of Seattle?  And yes, I know I will need a raincoat…polka-dotted.

And rain boots.  I have always wanted rain boots.

When I am dying for some rain and I am rain danced out…I bake.  Normally something I would prefer to pick at while sipping a hot cup of coffee.  A hot cup of coffee that is warming my hands and soothing my soul while I read a good book or read the morning paper (if I got the paper, that is – cnn.com counts, right?).  A sweet treat to balance the slight bitterness of the coffee.  A sweet treat to sooth my ever hungry sweet tooth.

Chocolate chocolate chip scones did just the trick last week…when the 3rd straight day over 95 had worn me thin.  Had me hoping and wishing and praying for a mere sprinkle to be released from the cloudless blue sky.  I popped these scones in the oven, brewed a large pot of coffee, turned the a/c on high, and curled up in my favorite chair with a good book and pretended that the sun was not shining.  Because in my world.  It was raining.

 

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Scones
 
Ingredients
  • 1 + ¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Cup + 1 Tablespoon Dark Cocoa (Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • 2+3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Cold Unsalted Butter
  • ⅓ Cup White Granulate Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Espresso Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Water
  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Cut cold butter into small cubes and add to dry ingredients. With a pastry blender or with your fingers, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is the size of peas. ( hint: I never seem to be able to do this quite quick enough – butter always starts to melt! I have found that grating the butter on a cheese grater and then placing butter in the freezer until needed works best!) Whisk in sugar.
  3. In a seperate mixing bowl, whisk together 1 teaspoon of hot water and espresso powder. Once the powder is dissolved, add the cream, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the flour/butter mixture and add the chocolate chips. With a fork, begin to mix until the dough begins to come together. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently and quickly knead dough until it forms into a ball. Roll dough out into a circle that is about 1 inch thick (or about 7 inches in diameter) and cut into 8 wedges.
  5. Place wedges onto prepared baking dish and bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool before enjoying.
  7. Store in an airtight container, will keep for several days.

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Chip Almond Scones w/ Vanilla Glaze

I just did something crazy.

Something I have been wanting to do for several years.

And by several… we are talking 10 years.

Something that my dad will call me nuts for doing.  Not for the first time or the last, thankfully.

Something that will take 4 months to prepare for.

Hours of time set aside.

Determination and motivation will be needed.

I’ll need some new tunes…

And shoes.

What am I doing?

In 4 very very very short months I will be, if all goes right, a marathoner.

A marathon finisher.

I am über excited.

This will be quite the journey.

So, yes…I just signed up for my first marathon.

Holy Cow Balls!

No turning back now.

Not only have I signed up, given my shirt size, and paid ninety bucks…but I have now just told the world my plans.

Accountability.

Have I mentioned cow balls yet?!?

Here goes nothing.

OK, I am going to freak myself out if I continue to write and think about 26.2 miles that are in my near future.  Plus, it is not like I am the first to run a marathon…so it really is no big deal. (except in my world it kinda is!)

Have you ever run a marathon?  If so, please lend me your tips…I am all ears!

You wanna know the great thing about training for a marathon?

I think I’ll be able to eat a few more baked goods without feeling the least bit guilty.  I am not going to go hog wild, but I am looking forward to a few more cookies or ahem..scones in the near future.

I will dig these out of my freezer when the time comes.  Chocolate chips and almond slivers.  Vanilla glaze.  All I will need is a strong cup of coffee!  I might actually be looking forward to the 10+ mile training runs.

Just call me crazy.

Chocolate Chip Almond Scones w/ Vanilla Glaze

Makes 12

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients

Scones

  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, chilled
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Slivers
  • 1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Glaze

  • 2 + 1/2  Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Whole Vanilla Bean
  • Pinch of Salt

Preheat oven to 350°.

Whisk together buttermilk, vanilla extract, and egg.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  Cut the cold butter into pats and then using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut the butter into the dry ingredients.  Continue until the butter is pea sized and the mixture is rather crumbly.  Stir in the almond sliver and mini chocolate chips.

Make a well into the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk/egg/vanilla mixture.  With a fork, mix until the dough comes together.  Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a rectangle – about 1/2 inch thick.  Cut rectangle into even squares and then cut squares crosswise to make triangles.  Place triangles onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until they just begin to turn golden brown.

Remove  from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for about 10 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack.

Prepare glaze:  Cut vanilla bean lengthwise and with a sharp knife, scrape out all the tiny vanilla bean seeds.  Whisk the innards into the heavy cream.  Slowly whisk the confectioners sugar and the pinch of salt into the cream/vanilla mixture.  Whisk until smooth.  You may add more confectioner’s sugar or cream until desired thickness is reached.

Once the scones are cooled, spoon glaze over scones and let sit until glaze is set.  About an hour or so.

Enjoy!

p.s.  I apologize for the lacking pictures.  I am figuring out my new schedule and trying to find a routine that fits.  Plus, did you know the sun sets freakishly early this time of year?!?  Before you know it, the sun and all its lovely light is gone, vanished, vamoosed…It’ll be OK, because I am enjoying my new job!  I am however trying my best to capture the light when I can…but planning is not my forte, so please bare with me.

Almond Cranberry scones



 

Every morning I have a pretty constant routine (be it 6am on my week off or 6pm of the work week). Wake up, lay in bed and think of a reason to get out of bed, remember that I get to eat again, and then make my way downstairs. Once the coffee is brewed and breakfast prepared, I turn on the Today program.  I love the Today program.  This week I have been unable to watch this program or really any news or talk-show.   Why?  William and Kate…they are everywhere and I am slightly annoyed.  

Maybe its because I think it should be a more private affair, or that the 34million could be spent on so many other things, or that I don’t know what fabric type could cost $400,000 (cost of wedding dress!!!), or maybe its because I am jealous of all the above?!  (all my facts came from a morning radio show….see its infiltrated even the country radio station!)   So I am not going to be watching on Friday morning and will only see her gown on the front of People at the grocery checkout.  However, while I boycott this viewing, I don’t want to be left out (I feel conflicted) so instead of watching, I decided to celebrate the event by baking scones.  What could be more British?

I have made and enjoyed many a scone in my lifetime.  Heavier than a cookie but sweeter than a biscuit.  Its a great treat any time of the day.  I mean the British really have something here.   I compiled all my scone recipes from various sources and tried to figure out the ingredient proportions.  This is not easy and I found it frustrating, but I fumbled along.  I mean is there a reference out there describing the basic proportions needed for cookies, cakes, bread, etc…I would love to trial and error the proportions of dry to wet ingredients, and 1 egg vs 2 eggs, etc…but my food budget is not unlimited, plus what would I do with all that food!?  So, I am reduced down to looking at other’s recipes and altering small things here and there to make them feel like my own (when I know they’re not since I haven’t put as much work and effort into changing them as their test kitchens have spent in creating them…to have a test kitchen!) OK done dreaming…

After studying these recipes, I figured I could create my own ( cocky I know…).  I made them with the basic ingredients; butter, cream, baking powder, sugar, flour, along with dried fruit and chocolate.  They came out pretty good, but definately needed some tweaks.  They resembled and tasted more like biscuits than scones.  So I went back to the drawing board and recipe pile and changed some things, mainly increasing sweetness among other things.  This result is much better and full of flavor (what was lacking in the first batch).    If you would like other scone recipes, I gained most of my information from foodnetwork.com and allrecipes.com.

 

Ingredients

(Makes 8 LARGE scones for 8 HUNGRY people)

  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup granulated white sugar + plus extra for topping
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder (make sure its not outdated…fresher the better)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 12 Tablespoons of unsalted butter (1+1/2 sticks) – cold and diced
  • 1+1/4 Cup heavy cream (calorie free kind – ha!)
  • 1 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup toasted almond slivers (toss in skillet over medium heat for a couple of minutes until slightly brown - watch carefully not to burn, let cool before adding to mixture)
  • 1/2 Cup chocolate chips (milk, dark, semi-sweet…your choice here – I like dark with cranberries)

 

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, lemon zest in large bowl.
  3. Cut in chilled butter with pastry blender, hands, or stand mixer using paddle attachment (what I used this time around).  Butter should be pea-sized when finished. 
  4. Mix in heavy cream until the dough begins to come together. – Don’t over work.
  5. Mix in cooled almonds, dried cranberries, chocolate chips. 
  6. Empty out onto a floured surface and shape into a round disk
  7. Roll dough out to 1 inch thickness.  Roll it into a circle and cut it into triangles or use a biscuit cutter for round ones – be creative!
  8. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar.  I like to line mine with parchment paper (easier clean up) 
  9. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Cool on wire rack or eat right away with a nice pat of butter :)

* The dough can be made, refrigerated, and baked off when needed, say for breakfast the next morning (wrap tightly and use within 1 day of making). 

*Baked scones can be frozen – wrap tightly/airtight.

*To reheat loosely wrap scones in aluminium foil and heat at 250°F for 5-10 minutes if scones are at room temperature or refrigerated, heat at 350°F for 15 – 20 minutes if frozen. (Information gained from Simply Scones).

Oh and my tulips have bloomed!