Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's day--with a Lemon Cranberry Scone

Happy Mother's Day to all my blogging friends. I love Mother's Day. I mean who doesn't love an excuse to make all ones favorite foods. My sweet daughter Jill and I will cook dinner tonight for my Mother and Greg's Mother. Since cooking is something we love to do this is nothing but fun. Greg will do the dishes so it's a great day for sure!
 Luckily Greg had church meetings early this morning so I quickly made these Cranberry Lemon Scones. Greg would have made Biscuits and Gravy--now he does make a mean batch of Biscuits and Gravy. He has been perfecting them for months and they are good. But they just don't scream Mother's Day to me. But these Lemon Cranberry Scones do!
So if you have a bag of cranberries in your freezer these are one delicious treat. They make plenty so I froze half of the scones (uncooked). I will pop them in the oven for another tasty brunch!

Fresh Cranberry Lemon  Scones
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1 1/4 cups fresh cranberries, chopped coarse
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 cup cream

Preheat oven to 400°F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl rub lemon zest into 1/2 cup sugar--this smells wonderful!
In a food processor pulse flour, lemon sugar mixture, baking powder, salt, butter  until mixture resembles coarse meal, transfer to a large bowl. Add pecans.
In a small bowl toss together fresh cranberries and 3 tablespoons sugar and stir into flour mixture.
In another small bowl lightly beat egg and yolk and stir in cream. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.
On a well-floured surface with floured hands pat dough into a 1-inch-thick round (about 8 inches in diameter) and with a 2-inch round cutter dipped in flour cut out as many rounds as possible, re-rolling scraps as necessary. Arrange rounds about 1 inch apart on baking sheet and bake in middle of oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until pale golden. Scones may be flash frozen before baking and stored in a freezer bag. Place frozen scones on parchment lined baking sheet and bake a few extra minutes.
I served these with a drizzle of lemon glaze. A 5 star recipe for sure!


Unknown said...

What a great scone!!! Lovely!

Candise said...

I'll be there in a few me one!

Nedra said...

Oh, yes, I would pick these for Mother's Day. We love anything citrus-ie.
I hope you had a great day :)

Carol said...
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Carol said...

I love your blog Cindy! You always have the best recipes. Thanks.
Lets get together for lunch soon!

Grandma Bonnie said...

I have not made scones in a while I will have to try this recipe. My grandchildren will love the cranberry taste. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great week.

Delectably Green said...

Oh I LOVE iced scones like these! great flavors. Thanks so much for your lovely comment about my daughter - so much appreciated:)
Mary x

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Oh, yeah, I'd much rather have your cranberry scones than biscuits and gravy :) Hope you had a wonderful Mother's sounds like you did!

Ellie said...

Mmmm these scones look and sound delicious. :)

Winnie said...

Great scones!
I love the combination of flavors - lemon and and cranberries

Cakelaw said...

These scones look and sound delicious. Glad you had a great mothers day.

Beth said...

Sounds like a wonderful Mother's Day. Your scones sound terrific!

Kayte said...

I'm a little late to the blog reading party but no less sincere, Happy Mother's Day to you! The scones look delicious and I am thinking you can't beat those flavors! Pretty, too.

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said...

I've really grown to like scones. These look just perfect. Sounds like the perfect addition to a Mother's Day menu.

Chaya said...

Thanks for sharing this and the other two delicious recipes with us at Bake With Bizzy. I am not the biggest fan of scones but these look fantastic. They are being featured this week.