I’ve always had a sort of love-hate thing about scones. In theory, I love them and really, what’s not to love? A delicious, airy, lightly sweetened or sometimes savory pastry made with lots of butter. But most of the time, the scones I’ve eaten have been too dry and too heavy – a total disappointment.
And then this recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones came into my life. My sister-in-law Pam made these scones one time when our family was visiting, and one bite into it – I knew that we had struck gold. They were tender and almost flaky, moist, perfectly sweetened, and warm out of the oven…the scones I had always dreamed of!
We’ve made these scones with dried cranberries and a little orange zest but the recipe can actually be varied based on what you have in your pantry – raisins, currants, chocolate chips, etc.
I should note that this batter is very dense and sticky, so a powerful stand mixer works best. If you are using a hand mixer, as you get toward the final steps in mixing the ingredients, you might need to finish mixing by hand.