Last night before bed I was thinking what wonderfulness can I make tomorrow morning.
I have decided that we can eat “good for you” food every weekday but the weekends are special and we should have something even better. So Sundays I make something wonderful like Lobster Rolls or a Pork Tenderloin Roast with Homemade Sauerkraut and Root Veggies or a Moroccan Roast Chicken with Guava Paste. But Saturday morning should be special also. So I remembered making scones once before. The recipe was from a Rachael Ray cookbook and honestly it did not do it for me. So I got on the computer and found a recipe from All Recipes.
I of course made some changes and this is what I came up with:
Cranberry Walnut Scones
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts I used walnuts
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen or pretty hard
- 1/2 cup sour cream (fresh heavy cream with 1 teaspoon vinegar added)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (soaked in warm water for a few minutes and drained and patted dry)
- 1 tablespoon regular white sugar
Heat the oven to 400 F. In a medium-sized bowl mix the top 5 ingredients. Grate the butter into the flour mixture and with a pastry blender or two knives cut the butter into the flour mixture. Do not use your hands as it will melt the butter. Add the walnuts and mix well, place in the fridge until ready to add the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl add the sour cream or the cream and vinegar mixture and set aside. Add egg to cream and mix well.
Add your egg/cream mixture to your dry ingredients. With just a few strokes incorporate it – it will have dry ingredients that have not mixed well. No problem just turn out onto a work area (I use a large plastic place mat). With your hands knead gently until you have a soft dough. Do not overwork, you do not want to melt the butter pieces. Just a few strokes with your hands should incorporate it into a nice dough. Shape into a disk about 1/2 inch thick and approximately 7 inch diameter. Sprinkle top evenly with cranberries and pat into the dough. Sprinkle with the white sugar. Cut like a pie into 8 pieces.
Place on a baking sheet with parchment or another non-stick mat. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Watch that the bottom does not burn.
Serve hot with honey butter mixture or my favorite cream and honey.
Cream or Butter Sauce:
- 2 tablespoon butter or heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon light honey
Mix together and serve on the side with the hot scones.
Great with a good cup of coffee sitting on your porch watching the street come to life.
Barb, they were wonderful…I am not that keen on raisins but I would use them if I did not have other dried fruit,,,,to me apricots would be excellent especially with the nuts…I shared with the ladies at the end of the block but Joe and I did each two each…I would make them again,,,,that is why I put them in the blog so I can go back and pull the recipe easy…N
These scones look amazing! I love having scones with my coffee in the morning 🙂 I am saving this recipe!! Check out my latest salmon recipe at http://elitedaily.com/wellness/getting-fired-best-thing/1685465/ 🙂
oh my goodness they look wonderful !
Looks yummy Nancy.
What’s Christmas like in Ecuador?
Hi Ellen, from what we have seen it is not as commercial as the US. Our little town has a lit Christmas tree that is made by one of the locals from whatever is available, plastic bags or plastic cups made into a pretty large tree. They build a beautiful village with creche the past few years it had a stream running through it directly below the tree on the main street downtown. Most of the folks on my street have a beautiful Christmas tree (artificial) decorated with lights, bows, ornaments. Very stylish. I do not see that the children get a great deal of presents, our fisherman put on a party for the children with food and goodies. But again I do not see a great deal of money spent on presents. Ecuador is not a wealthy country and the folks on the coast especially in the smaller towns do not have the money to buy great presents. The wages are low less than $500 per month. There will be fireworks at midnight on Christmas Eve, Christmas day will be a holiday with a big meal and a family gathering. Many folks from inland come to the beaches for the holidays. Some play music all night long, sing karaoke and spend time downtown many stay up all night long music can be loud. I have walked at 6:30am and found folks still on the street with their car doors open and music blasting from their stereo’s. Here it is a good crowd, not crazy, no fights just all having a good time. This happens here several times a year, each town has a patron saint and when it is the Saint’s day there is festival with music, food, drink…We should have a Christmas parade but not sure of the day or time. The expats and locals alike collect money for toys, a Santa arrives with presents for all the children in downtown. A more simple way of life. Hope that gives you a good idea of Christmas here. If you are not reading John and Mary MacDonalds blog please check it out, John has been Papa Noel a few times himself and he and Mary do many wonderful things for the children in San Clemente. Go to https://johnandmarylivingitupinecuador.wordpress.com, Have a Merry Christmas, Nancy Oh by the way it is our summer here so it is starting to get warmer during the day, bright sunshine many days, could see some rain but we really haven’t so far…ocean water warm, just beautiful
How amazing! What a wonderful life you have in a very wonderful place! Thanks for your response. Will check out the blog you suggested.