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Cranberry Orange Scones

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For years I was challenged when it came to making biscuits or scones then I found this recipe on Food52. These scones are absolutely delicious, no one and I mean no one makes scones like my friend Liz Larkin, the Scone Lady of Pound Ridge. I adapted her brilliant recipe for Royal Wedding Scones, using cranberry and orange rather than blueberries. These scone are light, fluffy, moist and delicious and were perfect with some homemade devon cream (because I can’t find it anywhere I made it) and some of the mixed citrus curd.   Some of these scones  are for my British (Welsh) friend David Prosser/Barsetshire Diaries, who never fails to entertain and amuse with his lovely blog posts every week. I hope you like scones David because I made some for you.

As long as I was making scones, for the Tea Room and for David, I thought it would be nice to bring some to Fiesta Friday as well. Angie is hosting party number 102 and her co hosts this week are Elaine @ foodbod and Julie @ Hostess at Heart, this will be a great party, join in, bring a dish and have fun!!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Adapted from a recipe by Liz Larkin, aka Mrs Larkin, aka the Scone Lady

1 1/2 cups frozen cranberries

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tbs baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 tbs cold unsalted butter cut into tbs size pieces

1 large egg

1 cup cold heavy cream

zest of one small orange or tangerine

1 tsp vanilla extract

Add the cranberries and brown sugar to the food processer and pulse until some of the berries are broken up and mixed with the sugar. Remove and set aside, clean and dry the bowl of the processor.

Add the flour, salt and baking powder and pulse 2 or 3 times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles crumbs. Pour into a mixing bowl. In measuring cup add the cream, beat in the egg, vanilla and orange zest. Pour into the mixing bowl and stir to combine with a fork, the dough will be shaggy, don’t over mix it, it’s ok if it’s not cohesive. Add the cranberry sugar mixture and gently stir with a fork just to combine.

Prepare your work surface by scattering some flour and dump the dough onto it. Bring it together gently with your hands lightly patting it into a circle. Cut into 6-8 slices depending on how large you like your scones. Line a sheet pan with parchment and put the scones on about an inch apart. Place in the freezer and keep them there at least an hour you want the scones to be completely frozen. When they are frozen,  you can either bake all or some. Store in ziplock bags separated by parchment until ready to bake.

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To Bake: 

Pre heat oven to 425 Degree’s. Remove the scones from the freezer and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with cream and sprinkle sugar on them. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy with butter, cream, jam or curd and a nice cup of tea.

To make the Devon Cream I simply combined, cream cheese, sour cream or creme fraiche and heavy cream until it’s soft and spreadable.

So good!!

So good!!

 

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150 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow Suzanne, what a treat for breakfast! I’ve always loved scones with clotted cream, and had my fair share when we lived in England. Love this recipe, I wonder though, could there be any substitutes for the 1 cup heavy cream? I know sometimes recipes need exactly what ingredients they call for. I like the idea of freezing some and grabbing them at a later stage. Love the combination of cranberries and oranges too, it makes for beautiful pictures on top of tasting great! Happy weekend!

    January 15, 2016
    • Hi Loretta;
      I am sure you could use light cream or half and half, or even whole milk. The heavy cream makes these scones super moist but I think regular milk would be fine. I would stay away from skim or even 1% though. Thanks so much.

      January 15, 2016
  2. Sent this one over to my Sister…she’s the Baker in the Family

    I have the ability to destroy a Betty Crocker 😉

    January 15, 2016
    • LOL, these are super easy, hope your sister likes this recipe and I bet you could make these and not mess up. You just need a light hand, less is more in the case of scones and biscuits. Thanks so much.

      January 15, 2016
  3. wow I really love scones for breakfast.. these look so good. like the addition of orange in it.

    January 15, 2016
  4. Oooh these look so good. I wish I had one right now. It’s all I can do to keep myself at my desk, and not dash to the bakery down the street! Scones are one of the few pastry type foods I can have with my egg allergy. Well done, Suzanne!
    And the shout out to David is charming. Hugs all ’round!

    January 15, 2016
    • The scones really are good and I am glad you can enjoy even though they have egg but it’s minimal amount. One egg divided by 8 scones pretty small amount. Thank you so much. David is such a sweetheart I wanted to give him some virtual scones LOL!!

      January 15, 2016
  5. Between you and Johanne, I think you guys are trying to convince me to make scones this weekend 🙂 She posted cherry & chocolate scones last week. Equally as delicious as these cranberry orange of yours! 🙂

    January 15, 2016
  6. They are wonderful Angie, so delicious. I made a bunch and have them in the freezer, so easy to pop in the oven and enjoy a fresh warm scone. Yum. Thanks so much.

    January 15, 2016
  7. The mouth is already watering!!! YUMMY!!! 🙂

    January 15, 2016
    • Thank you so much Amy, these scones were so good. Perfect balance of tart and sweet.

      January 15, 2016
  8. I think that getting scones right can be quite an art, and yours look great! Lucky David!

    January 15, 2016
  9. These look really splendid, Suzanne! I’m relatively new to scones. When I moved to the US – in light of my “sweet aversion” 😜 – I looked at them with suspicion. However, I’m really starting to enjoy them with a cup of coffee. I’m bookmarking these. I’m pretty sure Stefano would love them too!

    January 15, 2016
    • These are not overly sweet at all. The cranberry is sour, a little sugar on top before baking. I also love a scone with a cup of coffee. Thank you so much Francesca, this recipe is amazing.

      January 15, 2016
  10. These scones are just gorgeous! I love the cranberry orange combo flavor profile, and love that you made Elaine and I a couple. I will be pinning this recipe and giving it a try. Happy FF Suzanne. Have a wonderful weekend.

    January 15, 2016
    • Thanks Julie and thanks for hosting with Elaine!! These scones are really good, it’s exciting for me the scone challenged.

      January 15, 2016
      • Thank you Suzanne! This really makes me want to make scones! I actually have one in the pipes, hope it comes out just a fraction of how successful yours is.

        January 15, 2016
  11. Looks so scrumptious!

    January 15, 2016
  12. The cream is such a great addition to the scone! Yum!

    January 15, 2016
  13. Delicious Combo here! Yumified. Have a great weekend! Cheryl

    January 15, 2016
  14. I love, love scones. Every Saturday morning I go to the bank and afterwards I splurge and go to Panera Bread for a scone or other delicious pastry and a Mocha or Vanilla Latte or some flavored coffee. Anyway, I have been thinking that I need to try and make them myself sometime. Great recipe! Saving this one for later. Happy FF and weekend 🙂

    January 15, 2016
    • Sounds delicious I love food rituals like that. Makes the day and the meal so special.

      January 15, 2016
  15. They sure look tasty Suzanne. Thanks for sharing 😉

    January 15, 2016
  16. Hi Suzanne, I love scones but rarely make them. Will definitely try this recipe, they all look so good.

    January 15, 2016
  17. I’ve yet to attempt making scones, but this recipe and delicious-looking photos are too tempting to resist! Wonderful job, Suzanne!

    January 15, 2016
  18. I could almost smell the aroma! Love a good scone… Th chilling/freezing tip is awesome!!

    January 15, 2016
    • It works so well, love having them in the freezer and you can pull even one out to enjoy. Thanks so much Sonal.

      January 15, 2016
  19. My mouth is watering just reading this!

    January 15, 2016
  20. Scones always make me think of my mother who loves to get them as a breakfast treat. I must admit that I’ve only made scones once before Suzanne and I wasn’t very pleased with my results. I’m tucking this one away for the next time I give them a try! Love the flavor combination of orange and cranberry!

    January 15, 2016
    • Before I found this recipe I was less than happy with mine as were the unlucky recipients. This is a whole new level of scone deliciousness. I am just happy to have a great recipe to work with!! Thanks so much Heather😄

      January 15, 2016
  21. These look so good!! Those flavours in the scone are perfect! I’m going to go to the kitchen and make some scones right now! (I don’t have cranberries though, but I’m going to get some to try this recipe soon!
    I love the freezing tip! I usually bake scones after chilling them in the fridge, never the freezer – so I can’t wait to try that tip!

    January 15, 2016
    • It works really well. I love having unbaked scones ready for the oven!! Thanks so much!!

      January 15, 2016
  22. Scones ! just what we want in Winter – thank you so much 🙂

    January 15, 2016
    • Yes aren’t they perfect for a cold day, warm scone, hot coffee. Perfect. Thank you so much.

      January 15, 2016
  23. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    I love scones and these look really good.

    January 15, 2016
  24. Suzanne , I have never baked scones . I love your recipe and the idea that you can freeze them. Maybe my time has come to try them!

    January 15, 2016
    • Oh you should try this recipe. It was a life changer for me. Thank you so much Gerlinde.

      January 15, 2016
  25. I love scones. These look like what scones should be. Can’t wait to try! 🙂

    January 15, 2016
    • Thanks Sadie, I love scones as well and these were really nice, I loved the tart/sour cranberry in them.

      January 15, 2016
  26. First of all, yum, now I want scones, I guess I know what I’m baking tonight. Always come here if I want a new treat to try. Thanks.
    Yes, David deserves scones and big hugs, he’s a wonder and a joy. 🙂
    Hope this weekend ‘treats’ everyone kindly. 🙂
    Off to share this so others can get rumblies in their tumblies. 🙂

    January 15, 2016
    • Thank you, yes I thought David needed a scone, he is a wonder and a joy! I hope you have a lovely weekend, rest, relax and eat scones. Thank you again.

      January 15, 2016
  27. These scones look lovely, Suzanne! Love the flavor combination of cranberries and oranges here. I’ve yet to try my hands at making scones, saving your recipe:)

    January 15, 2016
    • Thank you so much Freda, the scones are wonderful and you should make them. I love you freeze them and then bake as many as you want or need. It’s such a nice recipe.

      January 15, 2016
  28. These look so delicious!! Really wanna try them! 🙂

    January 15, 2016
  29. Cranberry orange scones are my husband’s all time favorites and these looks especially delicious.

    January 15, 2016
  30. Well, you promised me a treat Suzanne and you certainly didn’t disappoint. Than you so much I hope they weren’t too much trouble.I’ve hidden them till Mike goes home or he’ll only ask questions about where I got them but I will offer Joey a bite.
    If you ever want to try the Cornish cream they sometimes have it on a site I like to use in America http://www.englishteastore.com/ they have a nic selection of Brit goods.
    Sending Love and Massive Hugs xxx

    January 15, 2016
    • I only wish I could have really brought them to you. Oh yes please give Joey a nibble too. Thank you, you have always been so kind, taking music requests and you are always there to offer a hug. Thanks David. Thank you also for that link, now thats exciting, can’t wait to peruse the site. Thank you again and massive hugs to you!!

      January 15, 2016
      • My Hugs are there for you whether you need them or not Suzanne, treat them as a fact of life wrapping round to try and protect you.
        xxx Hugs, Mammoth Sized xxx

        January 15, 2016
  31. Oh now don’t those just look LUSCIOUS? I just love the Food52 site. Still trying to become a finalist some day. I did get Community Pick twice, though. Do you enter into the contests?

    January 15, 2016
    • Thank you so much. Just keep entering the contests you will be a finalist one day you could even be surprised to one day to see one of your recipes is a wild card winner. I have entered many contests. Have been there since the beginning of 2011 although I haven’t entered every contest I have entered a lot of them. I have to meander over and look at your recipes I will add some to my collections.

      January 15, 2016
      • Thank you, I’ll have to go find you over there too. Do you have the same username? I don’t enter all the contests as usually I don’t have anything in my blog that fits very well into the category. I typically don’t have the time to create something new just for the contest. 🙂

        January 15, 2016
      • I was just there, you have 3 beautiful CP’s. Just followed you. I am sdebrango on food52. I saved several of your recipes to my collections. Not only are they CP’s but they were considered for finalist spot if they were photographed by the editors. Beautiful.

        January 15, 2016
  32. They look very good, Suzanne. I don’t eat scones often, but when I see a good one (especially if you made it), I will grab it! 🙂

    January 15, 2016
    • These are exceptional scones Fae, Liz Larkin is famous for her scones, she has a thriving business upstate NY where that is what she does. I have known her a long time and she is so talented and so nice, Highly recommend if you ever get the urge to bite into a scone, Thank you so much.

      January 15, 2016
      • I admire women who have put their talents of creation into a business. Bravo! Thanks for the recommendation! 😛

        January 15, 2016
      • Me too, when you can use your talent and what you love to do to earn a living its gratifying,

        January 15, 2016
  33. Oh my, these look so good. Cranberry and orange together is definitely one of my favorite flavor combinations! Also fantastic is the tip on freezing them separated by parchment, so you can pull out and bake as needed, not that these would last long enough to save in my house. 😋

    January 15, 2016
    • Thank you so much, I keep thinking about your soda bread. The last time I made soda bread it was a disaster, had people over for St Patricks day and the bread looked great but was uncooked on the inside and if I had left it in longer it would have burnt. I don’t know what I did wrong. Chalked it up to my biscuit and scone issues. Yours looks perfect and I will try it this St Paddy’s day.

      January 15, 2016
      • That is so frustrating! I’ve had good luck with baking at 450F for 15 minutes, then down to 400F for an additional 30 minutes. Let me know how it goes, I’m definitely curious to see if you have better results. 🍀

        January 15, 2016
  34. Oh wow these look so good! I want them to be part of my Saturday morning!!

    January 15, 2016
  35. These look delicious Suzanne! I can see why you like this recipe. I love the idea of using cranberries….yum 🙂

    January 15, 2016
    • Thank you so much Antonia, yes I love the cranberries when you take a bite you get sweetness from the sugar sprinkled on top and then a burst of sour from the cranberry. It’s heavenly.

      January 16, 2016
  36. Gorgeous recipe Suzanne! 🙂

    January 15, 2016
  37. Your scones sound really good Suzanne – saving the recipe to make soon. Love the combination of oranges and cranberries and then homemade devon cream – yum! Your last photo did it for me 🙂

    January 16, 2016
  38. These scones sound really special (especially with the addition of cream). I’ve never thought of adding cranberries – I always make them with raisins or sultanas – but I bet the cranberries add a bit more ‘zing’. I’m certainly going to try these very soon. What a wonderful breakfast!

    January 16, 2016
    • When you add fruit that is not dried it give even more moisture making these scones so moist and tender. Thank you so much.

      January 16, 2016
  39. I love scones and yours look so good Suzanne! The recipe is great, I will most surely make them soon!

    January 16, 2016
  40. I am not generally a fan of scones, but those look great!

    January 16, 2016
  41. I am remiss in commenting! These sound so good, and you went to great lengths. I’ve been wanting to post scones ever since Downton Abbey came back on, but I haven’t made them for so long…these look amazing, though and I still can’t believe you made your own Devon Cream! By the way, I just saw a recipe for Devonshire cream as it was called in an 1895 cookbook – but required whole, non pastuerized milk…:) probably preferably a springhouse, too! lol!

    January 17, 2016
  42. CC #

    love, love, love orange and cranberries together, Suzanne! in fact, I have muffins AND bread pudding of that combination on my site! wish we could share some over a cup of tea!

    January 17, 2016
    • I have to look up those muffins. Yum, love a good muffin with my coffee. Thank you so much and wouldn’t that be nice to meet some day!!

      January 17, 2016
      • CC #

        It would!! Fingers crossed!

        January 17, 2016
  43. The scones sound perfect for a breakfast or for an afternoon tea. 😀 These look so delicious, Suzanne! Happy FF102 & enjoy your weekend! x

    January 17, 2016
    • Thank you Jhuls yes these scones are great any time really but morning or afternoon tea are perfect. Happy FF to you also and thank you so much.

      January 17, 2016
  44. OMG Suzanne! YOU GOT ME! I am so making these icons as soon as I will be back in Montreal (with my food processor)… these sconse must be amazing… thanks a lot for sharing the recipe!

    January 17, 2016
    • Thank you so much Margherita, yes these scones are really good. Hope you let me know how they are if you make them,

      January 17, 2016
  45. This really sounds like an amazing soft, moist scone. The combo of the cranberry and orange is so different. Truly worth trying. Thanks so much for this 🙂

    January 17, 2016
  46. Gorgeous!! Lovely spoon too 🙂 Your cream combo is a must!

    January 17, 2016
  47. Cranberry and orange is a killer combo and am just droooooooooling at your pics… wish I could grab some right from my screen…. Slurp…

    January 17, 2016
  48. These look divine Suzanne! I love scones and these look perfect!

    January 17, 2016
  49. May I join you for tea, Suzanne??

    January 17, 2016
  50. I am going to make these right.now. STAT. They look delish!! We are snowed in today, so this is going to be a perfect way to start the day. Thanks Suzanne ! Xo

    January 18, 2016
    • Wow, Lynne, so glad to see you. Thank you so much. I have seen your instagram pics of the snow in your neck of the woods. Looks beautiful but geez thats a lot of the white stuff. Hope you are well, it’s been so long. Must stop by and see what you are up too, I can only imagine how fab it is.

      January 18, 2016
  51. Isn’t Liz a scone genius??? I love the royal wedding scones. Your adaptation looks marvelous, Suzanne!!
    Just a note as I saw someone ask about subs: I have made the scones with a combo of 2% and cream before and it works beautifully!!
    xo

    January 18, 2016
    • Thanks Em, that is great to know. I have never subbed anything in this recipe except of course the fruit.her scones are the best!!

      January 18, 2016
  52. Now scones are among my favourite sweet foods to eat. I have never made them with brown sugar and I like the idea of a cranberry and orange combination. I am going to make these when January is over, January being for me, this year, a month of eating as little sugar as possible.

    January 18, 2016
    • Oh sugar my frenamy love it but shouldn’t eat it. The scones are delicious not really sweet but they do have sugar. Thank you so much!😄

      January 18, 2016
  53. Scones are in my wish list for a long time.. I should try this..looks grt

    January 18, 2016
  54. I love citrus flavor in baking and these scones look delicious!

    January 19, 2016
  55. OK Suzanne– I’ve just rolled out of bed and wish I had these hot waiting in my oven before I head off to school! They looks delicious!! Love citrus in baking– just takes the edge off sweetness and wakes up the flavor. Glad you broke the biscuit/scone barrier!! You’re an awesome cook! xo

    January 19, 2016
    • Thanks so much Rhonda. Yes, biscuits and scones were my nemesis for so long. Finding really good recipes is wonderful. Thank you so much!!

      January 19, 2016
      • Love biscuits– would eat them for breakfast 3 times a week if it weren’t for all that butter– so i just stick to my oatmeal and make them when the kids come in!

        January 20, 2016
  56. I can only imagine how amazing these scones must taste like! Wait… hold on.. I’m coming over to your place to have some 😉 😀

    January 19, 2016
  57. Scones looks so soft and yumm. Love to grab one

    January 19, 2016
  58. I just had scones the other day, but it was from a mix I doctored up. I’m sure these are much better! They look so fluffy!

    January 19, 2016
    • I love this scone recipe, you can use different fruit and they always turn out well. Thanks so much Mary Frances.

      January 19, 2016
  59. What a great recipe. I make scones almost every weekend, different versions. I haven’t tried them with brown sugar yet, but i bet that adds depth. Instead of heavy cream I use greek yogurt or sour cream, but this is a perfect base for variations and so creative. I know I would love these with the fruit. Yum.

    January 19, 2016
    • I would love to try with either full fat greek yogurt or sour cream I bet those scones are delicious and moist. I just love making them, it’s such a pleasure when the scones actually turn out well. Thanks so much Amanda.

      January 19, 2016
  60. These scones look fantastic, orange and cranberry is a great combination. Your post has got me craving some homemade scones!

    January 19, 2016
    • Thanks so much Fida, the scones are so good and so delicious with cream and jam. Really a treat.

      January 19, 2016
  61. I love scones and cranberry-orange sounds like a great flavor combination for them! 🙂

    January 19, 2016
  62. That looks gorgeous! I’ve never been great at making scones but I really like this combo. I’m tempted to try again 🙂

    January 25, 2016
    • I was the worst, I mean it the worst at biscuits and scones, They were dry and hard and horrible. It’s all about having the right recipe and a light hand. Once you get that down you wil be assured of perfect scones and biscuits every time. Hope you give it a try Thank you so much,

      January 26, 2016
  63. CC #

    I LOVE cranberry and orange together and used to buy scones in this flavor from a local store once in a while when I’d get together with friends, but never made them myself (and you know I am always making scones)! I make cranberry and orange muffins quite often, too. I have got to remember to make these next time I make scones! Thanks for the reminder, they look lush!

    January 26, 2016
    • Me too Christina, here I go again with orange but it really is one of my favorite flavors, when I make cranberry sauce I use orange juice instead of water it is just such a great flavor combination. I would love your cranberry orange muffins. Thanks so much.

      January 27, 2016
      • CC #

        That’s so funny! I use orange juice AND Grand Marnier in my cranberry sauce! haha! Birds of a feather!

        January 27, 2016
      • It’s the best oh I need to put a little GM in mine next time. Sounds wonderful.

        January 27, 2016

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