Baking, Breads, Muffins & Donuts

Cranberry Ginger Scones

This week I want to share a scone recipe I made along with a few everyday photos. The most interesting parts of my everyday(s) I did not have my camera – wah-wah. But if you can imagine some scenes from a healthy, macrobiotic cooking class held in a small break room in the basement of a market, to a digital media seminar held in a conference room and, finally, a poetry reading held in an art gallery, and time spent with new friends.

For dinners this week I turned to roasting everything this week. Beets, spaghetti squash, almonds, asparagus…

Roasted-beet-salad
I made up a simple little sauce for some little shrimp – lemon juice, fresh dill, white wine, red pepper flakes.

Shrimp-prep

Shrimp-dinner

Roasted asparagus with a few sesame seeds completed this dish. Simple flavors = satisfying meal. Winning.

I have a slight addiction to almond butter. Thanks to my snazzy new food processor I can make almond butter at any time of day or night…

Almond-butter

I also made some cranberry-candied ginger scones…in part because 1) I love scones, 2) I had fresh cranberries helplessly staring at me each time I opened the refrigerator door, 3) I failed at my cranberry-ginger syrup/ cocktail idea on the first attempt and 4) I wanted another excuse to use my food processor.

Cranberry-Ginger-Fresh
This always seems like a good pairing of flavors….

Scone-Ingredients

The next photo should have been a shot of the food processor working its magic. Confession: I was too nervous these scones would be worked too much if I took too much time and didn’t get the dough assembled quickly enough and into the oven.

Scone-Dough
Go, go, go…I also added some lemon-sugar zest to the top.

Cranberry-Ginger-Scone

After a quick bake in the oven I was greeted with this.

Cranberry-Ginger-Scone-Feature

I sampled one and savored every bite alongside some hot coffee. The cranberries were juicy, the ginger gave a great kick, the lemon zest rounded things out and they were tender and flaky! What did I do next? Gifted them all away. Now what do I do?!

Thanks for reading!

Cranberry Ginger Scones

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • half and half for brushing
  • lemon zest mixed with sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the food processor combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and pulse to combine. I added the butter cubes and buttermilk all at once and pulsed until just barely combined - resembling small peas. I added in the cranberries and ginger and pulsed a few turns. Dump out the shaggy dough on the counter, finish incorporating the berries and ginger with a few quick kneads then quickly form it into a round circle with about 1" inch of thickness. Cold scone ingredients with a hot oven create a delicious scone! Cut it into 8 pieces, brush the tops with a little half and half, sprinkle of lemon zest sugar and bake for about 15' until lightly golden brown.
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