22/52: Cranberry Orange Scones

It has been a crazy week. It’s hard to believe I’ve had a full week off of work already. I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off! Errands, cleaning, organizing, errands and the biggest event at our house involves poor little Winston. A month or so ago we noticed he had what we thought was cherry eye. We went to our vet who confirmed it and referred us to an animal ophthalmologist. Yes. They have doggie eye specialists! Long story short, Winston went in for surgery on Wednesday to fix his prolapse of the nictitan gland {the technical name — yeah, I wanted to sound smart… did it work?}. Once the ophthalmologist was in surgery, he realized the other eye was going to have the same problem {caused by weak ligaments} so he operated on both eyes. Little Winston has had a rough few days… but I think he’s finally on the mend {and in cone jail for 10 days}. 🙂 I am sure he is happy that I’m home with him this week. Since we’ve had time together, he was my sous chef in the kitchen this afternoon. I baked, he watched and hoped I would drop some crumbs that he could eat up… he’s never lucky there!

So evidently I missed the memo… today is National Doughnut day! I have really been wanting to try the baked doughnuts that are rocking the food blogging world right now, but I figured if I bought one more baking tool my husband would think I have a serious problem. Our condo is running out of space for all of my baking gadgets and pans. 😉 Plus, I already had my heart set on making these babies! Because…one of our favorite Starbucks goodies are their cranberry orange scones. They are so yummy, slightly sweet and when warmed up, melt in your mouth good!

I have been wanting to try my hand at scones for a while now {they are on my Kitchen Bucket List}, and since I have some time off before school starts I figured I would give it a shot. I was surprised, they are so easy! I ended up altering this recipe a little bit to get what I thought would be the most like our favorite Starbucks scone. I am totally pleased with the outcome! The one complaint I have is that they didn’t rise as much as I thought they would. If you check out the picture on the Taste of Home website, mine are a little flat. The directions say to pat the dough into an 8 inch round, but you might want to do it a little smaller if you like plump scones.

All in all, I think that these will make a nice breakfast surprise for the hubby on Saturday morning. A fun and simple way to start our weekend!

Cranberry Orange Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
8 tsp sugar, plus additional sugar for dusting
1 T grated orange peel
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup cold butter
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup orange juice {I used juice from the orange I zested}
1/4 cup heavy cream {you could use half and half}
1 egg
1 T milk

1. In a small bowl, combine sugar and orange peel until incorporated.

2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar-orange zest mixture, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter {Or mix with paddle attachment on medium} until the mixture resembles course crumbs; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the cranberries, orange juice, cream and egg. Add to flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.

3. On a floured surface, gently knead 6-8 times. Pat dough into an approximately 8 inch circle. Cut into 10 wedges using a pizza cutter. Separate wedges and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with milk and sprinkle with additional sugar.

4. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack and top with glaze.

Orange Glaze

1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 T orange juice {Again, I used juice from the orange}

1. Combine ingredients and drizzle over scones.

Source & Recipe: Slightly adapted from Taste of Home

Well… what are you waiting for? Get into the kitchen and whip some up! 🙂 Have an awesome weekend everyone… it looks like we are going to get some gorgeous weather.

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