19 Jul 2012

Cranberry Scones

Made these soft and flaky cranberry scones.

When I was a little young teenager, the very first thing I learnt about baking is scone. A Punjab teacher taught us to bake some golden raisin scones in school. It was super delicious in my teenage memory. At that time, not many families among our relatives and friends owned an oven. Well, we have wok, that’s for sure. lol

Anyway, this is how I do my scones now.

Cranberry Scones
1 cup AP flour
3 TBsp (45 g) unsalted butter, cubed & chilled
3 TBsp caster sugar
1/5 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3 TBsp thickened cream (whipping cream)
2 TBsp beaten egg (1 egg divided, remaining for egg wash)
1/2 TBsp orange zest
1/4 cup (30 g) coarsely chopped dried cranberry

- In a mixing bowl, by a hand whisk, whisk AP flour, salt and baking powder till combined.

- Cut in cold butter cubes* (I just use a kitchen scraper, can use a food processor; or just rub-in) to the flour. Rub the remaining butter with finger tips till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in caster sugar & orange zest to the crumbed flour.

- Use a spoon, I use my finger tips, stir or mix-in whipping cream# & beaten egg# to the flour mixture, knead it twice forming a soft dough.

-  Transfer the dough to a floured cutting board. Lightly flour the top of the dough. Pat into 2.5 cm thick in round shape. Cut as desired, for e.g. into 6 wedges, 4 large wedges, or using a scone cutter. (I used mini cutter, yielded 7 mini scones.)

- Place on a pre-greased (and best it is lined) baking tray or a baking sheet. Leave some space between the scones. Egg wash the top.

- Bake at 210°C in a pre-heated oven for 13 to 16 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Note:
* Cubed butter must be very cold. Body heat would melt the butter, so work it fast on the butter rubbing. Avoid working in a very warm environment; if so, chill the crumbed flour would help.
# Instead of thickened cream, can use butter milk or just milk. The total amount of liquid would be 4.5 ~ 5 TBsp in this recipe, and a combination (thickened cream, milk, beaten egg) can be done.

Alright. Enjoy a cranberry scone with a cuppa.

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