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cranberry orange ginger scones

★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Veneta Britt
Flagstaff, AZ

This came from wanting to add something good to a basic scone recipe I had. After the add-ins, it was a little too dry so I had to play with the recipe to get it just right. I give "treats" to the people my husband works with and this was my most requested recipe to share. It isn't difficult and it makes enough to share with friends and family easily.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Want a light breakfast or an afternoon snack? Try these delicious cranberry orange scones. Soft and fluffy, they're firm and flaky outside, while soft and tender inside. These are not overly sweet and there is a hint of ginger. The ginger is a nice complement to the orange and cranberry flavor. We tried them with a little orange butter, but jam would be delicious as well.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
serves makes about 30-36 scones
prep time 25 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cranberry orange ginger scones

  • 3 3/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
  • 4 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    dried orange peel (very fine) or 4 teaspoon(s) fresh zested orange peel
  • 1 1/2 c
    dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    very finely chopped candied ginger (do not try to use just dried ginger as it will not work the same)
  • 2 c
    whipping cream (for a less fat version you can use 1/2 & 1/2 but they won't be as rich)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 c

How To Make cranberry orange ginger scones

Test Kitchen Tips
The key to a proper scone is to not over mix. Slowly add the cream to the dry ingredients until the right consistency is achieved. We did not need all the cream the recipe states.
  • Oven set to preheat.
    Spray 2-4 cookie sheets with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Cranberries, candied ginger, and flour in a bowl.
    In a small bowl, combine the cranberries and candied ginger with 1/2 cup of flour.
  • Flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and orange peel in a bowl.
    In a large bowl, mix together the rest of the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and orange peel. Combine both bowls into the large bowl.
  • Slowly adding cream and milk.
    In a small bowl, combine the cream and 1/2 cup of milk. Add slowly to the dry ingredients.
  • Mixing to create a dough.
    Combine to make a soft dough. If needed add the remaining milk by tablespoonfuls to get a soft but workable dough.
  • Turning onto a floured surface and cut dough into triangles.
    Turn out onto a lightly floured board and pat or roll into 3/4 inch thickness. Cut into triangles about 2 1/2 inches across at the base. A pizza wheel works well for this.
  • Scones on a baking sheet.
    Place on baking sheets.
  • Scones baking in the oven.
    Bake 15-20 minutes until puffed, lightly golden brown, and cooked through.
  • A platter of Cranberry Orange Ginger Scones.
    Serve with your choice of butter, cream, jams or jellies.