Orange Cranberry Scones

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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)
2 eggs
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)

DSC00645Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and orange zest.

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.

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