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Weekly CSA Recipe:
Orange Cranberry Scones

Tender, buttery scones are infused with local
orange zest and drizzled with orange glaze.

January 7, 2017

Weekly CSA Recipe

Do you have a recipe that you make week after week until eventually you (or perhaps your partner) inevitably become sick of eating the same thing every week? I have an overwhelming feeling that these Orange Cranberry Scones are going to be one of “those” recipes for me. I knew it the moment I slid the tray of gleaming, sugar-coated scones into the oven. Immediately the house began to smell better than an Anthropologie candle, and the scent of oranges, butter, and sugar settled into the furnishings of my house.

orange cranberry scones are drizzled with a sweet orange glaze

Have you ever made Orange Cranberry Scones? Or any scones, for that matter? Many people have the impression that making scones is difficult, the dough requiring a precise amount of stirring and fondling to ensure that the scones are tender and moist. Not so. The key to making great scones, in my opinion, is (to at least pretend) to be carefree about it. And, if you have the equipment, make the dough in a food processor. It makes scone making so much easier.

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If my reassurance that baking scones is easy didn’t convince you, let me give you a rundown of why these Orange Cranberry Scones will bring so much joy to your life. Fluffy, tender, golden brown scones are infused with local oranges from Tucson CSA and given just a bit of a chew factor with a few dried cranberries. Then, each scone is drizzled with a generous amount of rich, smooth orange glaze that will remind you why life in the desert is so good (remember this taste come July). Imagine the free scents it will lend to your home. The tea it will so perfectly accompany. The happiness it will ultimately bestow. Then, get to baking.

Orange Cranberry Scones
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Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest in the bowl of a food processor or a large mixing bowl. Pulse or stir the ingredients a few times until they are evenly distributed.
  3. Add the cold butter to the bowl. Pulse or use a pastry cutter to work the butter into the flour mixture, stopping when the butter has been reduced to pea-sized pieces.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk two of the eggs and the milk together. Add them to the bowl and pulse or stir the ingredients just until a dough is formed.
  5. Toss the dried cranberries with one tablespoon of flour. Stir the cranberries into the dough.
  6. Form the dough into a ball and place it on a well-floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll it into a circle, about two inches thick.
  7. Cut the round of dough into eight even triangles.
  8. Place the triangles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. In a small bowl, make an egg wash by whisking together the remaining egg and two tablespoons of whole milk. Brush each unbaked scone with the egg wash. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of sugar onto each unbaked scone.
  10. Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and they are mostly firm to the touch.
  11. While the scones are baking, make the orange glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar and the orange juice until the mixture becomes a smooth glaze.
  12. Once the scones have cooled for 15 minutes, drizzle each with the orange glaze.
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Orange Cranberry Scones
Print Recipe
Orange Cranberry Scones
Print Recipe
Ingredients
Orange Glaze
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest in the bowl of a food processor or a large mixing bowl. Pulse or stir the ingredients a few times until they are evenly distributed.
  3. Add the cold butter to the bowl. Pulse or use a pastry cutter to work the butter into the flour mixture, stopping when the butter has been reduced to pea-sized pieces.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk two of the eggs and the milk together. Add them to the bowl and pulse or stir the ingredients just until a dough is formed.
  5. Toss the dried cranberries with one tablespoon of flour. Stir the cranberries into the dough.
  6. Form the dough into a ball and place it on a well-floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll it into a circle, about two inches thick.
  7. Cut the round of dough into eight even triangles.
  8. Place the triangles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. In a small bowl, make an egg wash by whisking together the remaining egg and two tablespoons of whole milk. Brush each unbaked scone with the egg wash. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of sugar onto each unbaked scone.
  10. Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and they are mostly firm to the touch.
  11. While the scones are baking, make the orange glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar and the orange juice until the mixture becomes a smooth glaze.
  12. Once the scones have cooled for 15 minutes, drizzle each with the orange glaze.
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