Hello friends– I think it’s likely some of you may be as enthusiastic watchers of Downton Abbey as I am. So I was just wondering if you needed a little snack on Sunday nights for your Downtown Abbey viewing– Maybe these scones would be perfect with a very British pot of tea. So rich, with a citrusy glaze– I think even the Dowager Countess Violet would approve.
ORANGE CRANBERRY SCONES
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tab. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tab. orange zest (one orange)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3-4 tsp. orange juice (from that orange you just zested)
Then with a pastry blender (or in a regular blender), cut in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
Mix together the eggs and cream in a separate cup and then site the eggs/cream and the cranberries into the flour mixture to make a sticky dough.
Turn out the batter onto a counter dusted with a bit of flour and cut into circles with a round cookie/biscuit cutter. It helps to dip the cutter in flour each time so the dough won’t stick.
Place the scones onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. And pop it into a 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until the the scones are nicely browned around the edges.
I ended up with 15 smallish scones. So beautiful coming out of the oven!
While they are baking whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice– start with just 3 teaspoons of juice to make it a good consistency to drizzle over the scones. If it’s too thick another teaspoon of juice.
Serve them warm with pots of tea– and butter and jam. Perfect.