These Cranberry, Chocolate and Orange Scones are the perfect best bud to your morning cup of coffee or afternoon snack. They have dried cranberries, chunks of chocolate and orange zest in ’em. Once baked they are then brushed with a little icing sugar and orange juice. And guess what? There’s no mixer required and are prepped and baked in well under an hour. They pretty much make themselves 😉
Hi everyone! How’s ya? How was your weekend? I rocked the pressure cooker again this weekend, making some Indian food. I used it to make curried lamb shanks and I also made coconut basmati rice and a WICKED veg korma (recipe coming soon). It all was so good and we had enough leftovers to feed the neighbours 😀
However, on my continual path to experimenting in the kitchen, I attempted to make a zucchini chocolate loaf. Oh freakin’ boy. It was wrong on so many levels. It had all the makings of something wonderful. You see, I was trying to do a vegan and gluten free loaf and now I’m starting to think that was not such a good idea. After the hot mess was finished baking, I hide my shame. Ok, I thought, I’ll just place this over here and hopefully nobody sees this. Of course, it smelled lovely and the scent permeated the house. Hubby seen it and wondered what it was. I hesitantly passed him some, giving him fair warning that it looked like (and probably tasted like) poo. It was like a pudding, but not a good one. I told hubby I was attempting to make this for the blog (obviously, I wasn’t blogging that disaster now). Hubby had a concerned look on his face and said ‘No, no, you can’t share this with anybody‘. Yeap, that bad. Lesson learned…I need gluten.
I cleaned out our pantry this weekend too. Funny thing, you know after you reorganize something like your pantry, your closet, whatever, you say to yourself ‘ok, it’s gonna stay that way forever…it’s finally neat’ and then fast forward 2 months later and it’s like a bomb went off. Do you know that we have a gremlin living in our pantry? He was tucked away munching on some potato chips in the corner cupboard. Haha….just kiddin’, but I did do a fine reorganizing of that baby and hopefully it’ll stay that way for a bit. Speaking of gremlins…do you remember that movie? It’s from the 80’s. Remember when they got wet, they were all bad and crazy, but there was this little cute one named Gizmo. I remember watching that movie and then having a sleepover at my grandparents. I was so freaked out that my grandmother had to bring me home. Oh, being a kid. Wait, I’m still freaked out by that movie 😀
Anyway, enough babbling on, hey? Let’s get onto the good stuff, shall we? These Cranberry, Chocolate and Orange Scones are not too sweet at all so they are perfectly acceptable to have for breakfast and who doesn’t want something with chocolate in it for breakfast?! Perfect way to start your Monday, isn’t it?
I really enjoy cooking and baking. It’s like my relax time. When I’m in the kitchen I’m just focused on the task at hand and although times I may complain when things don’t turn out well (exhibit 1…chocolate zucchini loaf) or the sink is filled with dirty dishes (’cause you know I have to dirty every. single. spoon. in the drawer), I still enjoy every minute of it.
You know what else I enjoy? Eating. Yeap. And I’m not ashamed to admit it. Chicka loves to eat. Now, I do work out to counterbalance everything I shove in the ‘ol piehole. As much as I LOVE in the kitchen, sometimes I just want a recipe that is simple and quick, like this one for Cranberry, Chocolate and Orange Scones. Sometimes I don’t want to spend all day over the stove or waiting for the timer to go off. Maybe I’d like to make something and sit on the deck with a good magazine, feel me? That’s what I love about this recipe. These Cranberry, Chocolate and Orange Scones literally take about 40 minutes to prep and bake and, you know what, about 1 minute to eat 😉
These are best eaten warm straight from the oven (like most baked goods) and even better slathered with butter ’cause butter makes everything better. Everything. Once you bake these scones, just brush on a little concoction of icing sugar and orange juice and those babies just soak up every peck if it. What’s your favourite flavour of scone? I made another version a couple of weeks ago with cranberries, white chocolate and lemon zest and that worked out wonderfully too.
Have a great week, guys. Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂
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Cranberry, Chocolate and Orange Scones
- 3 cups all purpose flour -plus extra for counter (about 1/4 cup)
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter -cubed and cold
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate -chopped roughly or use chips
- 1 cup cranberries
- 2 tbsp orange zest -from approx. 2 oranges
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. Mix to combine. Preheat oven to 400F.
- Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter. You don't want the mixture to be smooth. You want chunks of butter in there. I'll be a bit crumbly. Don't overwork. Stir in cranberries and chocolate.
- Mix egg with buttermilk and stir to combine. Pour over flour mixture and stir to just combine.
- On a lightly floured surface (and hands dusted with flour 'cause the mixture is a bit wet), form dough in a ball. Press down. You'll want it to be about 8-10 inches in diameter. Cut into 8 wedges (like a pie). Place on parchment lined baking sheet and place in the fridge (to chill butter again) for 10 minutes.
- Remove scones from refrigerator and bake for about 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven. Mix orange juice with icing sugar and brush over scones. Serve immediately.
To make your own buttermilk, just add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice or white vinegar to one cup of milk and let sit for about 5 minutes.
These scones are awesome with white or semi sweet chocolate. Both work well.