Day 12: Craisin Scones

I thought I would make a nice (and more healthy) bake for day 12. My mum makes craisin scones pretty regularly, which means I get to have them when I am home at Christmas, so they have a nice holiday feel to me. Plus cranberries are a nice winter, festive flavour.

These are so delicious! I really like my scones plain (or with clotted cream) and not super sweet so I didn’t dust them with icing sugar, but you could add this. J had one for breakfast this morning with butter and jam and is really enjoying them!

Craisin Scones

This recipe can make 8, 12 or 16 scones depending on how you cut them. I made 8 at 226 calories each.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (cut into six pieces)
  • 1 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (made with 2% milk and 1/2 Tbs lemon juice)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • icing sugar (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cut in the butter, you can do this with a fork, but I prefer to rub it in by hand until you get a bread crumb, coarse texture. dsc_0036
  4. Mix in the craisins, sugar and orange zest. dsc_0037
  5. In a separate small bowl, mix the buttermilk and beaten egg together and then mix into the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead with hands about 10 times, adding additional flour if the mixture is too wet.
  7. Divide the dough in half and shape into two disks on the baking tray that around about 1″ thick.                                            dsc_0038
  8. Score the top of the scones into the desired number (I did 4 per disk).
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tops are browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
    • The tops of mine browned fairly quickly, but the inside took longer to finish so make sure you bake them for long enough.  dsc_0039
  10. Let the scones cool and cut apart.
  11. You can sprinkle them with icing sugar as an option at the end.

These are a great option for a nice Christmas morning breakfast. They are fast to whip up and taste really nice!Hope you enjoy them!

Here is a printer friendly version:

Craisin Scones

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (cut into six pieces)
  • 1 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (made with 2% milk and 1/2 Tbs lemon juice)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • icing sugar (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cut in the butter, you can do this with a fork, but I prefer to rub it in by hand until you get a bread crumb, coarse texture.
  4. Mix in the craisins, sugar and orange zest.
  5. In a separate small bowl, mix the buttermilk and beaten egg together and then mix into the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead with hands about 10 times, adding additional flour if the mixture is too wet.
  7. Divide the dough in half and shape into two disks on the baking tray that around about 1″ thick.
  8. Score the top of the scones into the desired number (I did 4 per disk).
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tops are browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
    • The tops of mine browned fairly quickly, but the inside took longer to finish so make sure you bake them for long enough.
  10. Let the scones cool and cut apart.
  11. You can sprinkle them with icing sugar as an option at the end.
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