Orange Cranberry Crisp and Crumbly Scones

These are the best scones I have ever had, hands down.  When I first made these, my husband was reluctant to try them, telling me that he didn’t like scones because they were rock hard stones.  WHAT?!?  I said, what scones were these?  He told me they were the ones sold by Aramark at the University we both went to.  I said HOLD ON, you can NOT judge a food by an Aramark experience (our school food was awful.  Just to give you an idea of what it was like, it was not surprising to discover that upon biting into a piece of pizza, the dough was raw).  Well, fortunately I made him some REAL scones, and my goodness, these are so so so good.  They’re crumbly and soft but crisp on the edges, and the orange and cranberry go so beautifully together.  Here’s how to make them:

3 cups all purpose flour (14 oz by weight)
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 orange, zested
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (real cinnamon, please)
1/16 tsp ground cloves (optional)
1/16 tsp ground nutmeg (also optional.  If you have it, put it in.  It’s a small amount, but cloves and nutmeg round out the flavor of the cinnamon)
1.5 sticks cold butter
1 cup dried cranberries (or you can use cherries or other dried fruit)
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg until combined.  Mmm…doesn’t it smell SO GOOD?!?!?!

Cut the butter up into pea sized pieces.  Add the butter to your dry ingredients bowl and rub the butter and flour mixture with your fingers until a coarse meal forms, and all the cubes of butter have been rubbed.

Dump in your cranberries and almonds, and toss with your hands to evenly incorporate them.  Make a well in the center of the bowl, and add in your cream, starting only with the 1/2 cup.  Using your hands, incorporate the cream to make a dough.  If the dough feels too crumbly and won’t come together when you press it with your fingers, add the next 2 tbsp, one tbsp at a time.

Dump your scone mixture onto your countertop, and if looks all crumbly, it’s okay.  You should be able to press it together (and if you can’t, put the crumbly dough back in the bowl and add another tbsp of cream).

Form a 1-1.5 inch disk with the scone dough, and use a knife to cut it up into 6-8 wedges.

If the dough crumbles, don’t worry about it, just press it together again.  Place the scone wedges on a baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let them rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Enjoy your crumbly soft scones!  I would love to hear your comments, questions, or suggestions below.  Thanks for reading!

Recipe graciously adapted from Anne Burrell’s Dried Cherry Almond Scones.  Love her!

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6 Responses to Orange Cranberry Crisp and Crumbly Scones

  1. Jess says:

    Those look amazing! Orange and cranberry are such great flavors. Have you tried making scones with heavy cream? I find that they make a lighter, fluffier scone than butter (but that’s just from my experience). I’d be curious to hear what your thoughts are on butter v. cream!

    Also, Skype again soon? It’s so much more satisfying than e-mails! Though those are good too. I need to revive letter-writing.

    • Hi Jess! These have both heavy cream and butter in them. I think it’s a good combination! I’ve seen some with buttermilk but I’ve never tried that before.

      Yes Skype sounds good, I’ll email you =)

  2. You know I’m a sucker for your cranberry orange recipes. They look soft and crumbly even through the photos. And that shot of them on the pan alone! Be still my tummy!
    I’m sure you converted the hubs quickly. Love Anne Burrell. She has a great orange quickbread too.

  3. Maggi Devoto says:

    Since I was lucky enough to actually try one of Joanne’s scones today, I can say wholeheartedly that it was the BEST scone I have ever had, and I’ve had lots of scones. Thank you for sharing with me Joanne – you are a culinary genius!!

  4. Awesome, I’d kill a drifter for a tasty scone.

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