Whew, thats a mouthful! Today I was craving for something sweet, but not too decadent. Something with orange flavor(I’ve been into oranges lately). And maybe chocolate (when is not a good time for chocolate?). I had some cranberries in the fridge and white chocolate- cranberry is a great combination. So is orange-cranberry. I like dark chocolate better than white… so throw those in as well. And thats how I came up with this recipe. It was perfect!
- 2 c flour
- 1 TBS baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 TBS cold butter
- zest of one orange
- 1/4c sugar
- 1/2c dried cranberries
- 1/4c semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4c white chocolate chips (trader joes are the best for these!)
- 3/4- 1 c any of the following or a combination: milk, buttermilk, cream, yogurt(thinned with milk), kefir
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Glaze: (double this if you like to cover them.. this is just enough for a drizzle)
- 1/4c powdered sugar
- orange juice to make a thick consistency (less than half an orange)
- another orange zest
Preheat oven to 400
Zest an orange and mix with the sugar. Keep aside.
Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Cut the 5 tbs of butter into horizontal slices, then cut the slices in half vertically. Turn on their sides and then cut vertically into thirds. You will have small cubes, which is easier to blend with the flour. Cut into the flour with a fork, pastry cutter, food processor, or your hands (be careful not to “melt” the butter with the heat of your hands). There should be small crumbs with no large clumps of butter. Stir in the sugar, cranberries and choc chips. Measure 3/4c of the liquid(milk) and add the vanilla. Stir into the flour. You may need to add more a TBS at a time. The dough should be slightly sticky. Do not knead the dough, just bring it together in a ball. Using a little extra flour as needed, pat into a 1.5 inch thick round. Cut the round into 8 triangles. Place the triangles slightly apart on a baking sheet (I line it with parchment paper). Bake for 15 mins until the tops are starting to turn slightly golden on the edges.
To make the glaze, just mix the powdered sugar with orange zest and juice. Keep it thick because it will “melt” onto the scones and become thinner. Pour or drizzle the glaze on while still hot.
I’m sending this to Bake Off at Versatile Kitchen.