I love baking for people. I find it much more satisfying to give gifts I’ve created myself rather than give people stuff that they don’t need…so to help spread holiday cheer to all my faithful readers, I’m giving you a delicious recipe for Christmas scones. This recipe is great because you can add whatever you’d like to it. Cranberry and orange zest, raisins, cinnamon and apples…whatever you’d like.
2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, chilled
½ cup cream
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup cranberries, raisins, or whatever you decide to add
Put first four ingredients in food processor with motor running, add butter. Process until crumbly. Mix egg, cream, and vanilla with motor running and add to flour mixture. Process until a ball forms. On a lightly floured board, knead in cranberries/other filling and pat into a 1” thick circle. You can cut into wedges or use a juice cup to cut out circles. Circles are great because then your scones bake evenly. Cool on wire rack.
To create a glaze for your scones, combine 8 heaping tablespoons of powdered sugar with a flavored liquid that will complement your scones. I created an orange glaze by doing the following:
Freshly grated orange zest (from 1 orange)
8 heaping tablespoons of powdered sugar
Juice from 1 and ½ oranges
1 teaspooon vanilla
Combine everything and stir until desired consistancy is achieved. If the glaze is too thick, add more juice. Too runny, add more sugar. A little goes a long way in both directions, so be patient 🙂
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