These Cranberry Scones begin with the fluffiest traditional scone batter and end with a little extra ‘zest’ from the addition of lemon and cranberry. Bake them today for breakfast or enjoy later with tea.
Time for Tea (and Scones)
It’s nearing four o’clock and all I can think about is tea and scones. The hour is a bit late for tea but tonight we’ll be having dinner quite late due to karate. Plenty of time to digest scones. Besides just plain scones and butter, my favourite kind have dried cranberries and lemon zest added. This isn’t the traditional way of making (or eating) scones such as you might find in the UK. Think of it as a North American upgrade!
Cranberries Make a Great Snack on Their Own
I keep on buying the huge bags of dried cranberries at Costco but the kids eat them up pretty fast. Today, I noticed there was about a cup left in the bag so I knew I had to make the scones right away. Sometimes I feel like they’re eating me out of house and home but I am glad they are snacking healthy. One quarter cup of dried cranberries counts as a serving of fruit and contain high amounts of anti-oxidants. I know that they love the tart flavour but still watch their intake as the brand I buy contains added sugar.
Cranberry Scones are Easy to Make and Bake
Scour the internet and you’ll find the basic recipe for scones is very similar from site to site and within cookbooks. I have been making these scones for at least 20 years because they’re so easy. After I bought a mixer, they became even easier! I love the way the butter becomes incorporated into the flour when I use a mixer.
To bake, I usually don’t cut out the scones with a fancy cutter but I just mound them all together in a mound and flatten it out until it’s about 3 cm thick. You can certainly use a fancy cutter if you wish. I cut it into wedges and dampen the tops a bit, then sprinkle on some raw sugar granules.
What to Serve with Cranberry Scones
Tea, obviously. Scone purists would insist on clotted cream and jam but I sometimes just slather mine with butter. These Cranberry Scones are also delicious covered in honey!