Thursday, March 19, 2009

lemon cranberry scones

Scones seem so simple. I said seem simple. Oh, but over the years I have eaten and baked so many dry, tasteless scones. Until now. This is the scone recipe to make up for all of those terrible, pitiful impostors.
These scones are moist and have just the right sweetness. And if you like fresh cranberries, you will love these!

I'm sure this recipe can be adapted with all different fruits and flavors, and now that I've got an awesome basic recipe I can't wait to start experimenting!

Meyer Lemon Fresh Cranberry Scones

Adapted from Gourmet

1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest (from about 2 lemons; preferably Meyer)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons additional if using fresh cranberries
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1 1/4 cups fresh cranberries, chopped coarse, or 1 1/4 cups dried cranberries, if you insist
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 cup heavy cream

Accompaniment: creme fraiche or whipped cream

Preheat oven to 400°F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

With a micro plane or zester, remove the zest from lemons, reserving lemons for another use.

In a food processor pulse flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, butter and zest until mixture resembles coarse meal and transfer to a large bowl.

In a small bowl toss together fresh cranberries and 3 tablespoons sugar and stir into flour mixture. If using dried fruit, add to flour mixture.

In another small bowl lightly beat egg and yolk and stir in cream. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.

On a well-floured surface with floured hands pat dough into a 1-inch-thick round (about 8 inches in diameter) and with a 2-inch round cutter or rim of a glass dipped in flour cut out as many rounds as possible, rerolling scraps as necessary. Arrange rounds about 1 inch apart on baking sheet and bake in middle of oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until pale golden.

Scones are always best when they’re freshly baked. Yum!

1 comment:

  1. Yum! I can't wait to try these - scones are my very favorite!