Sammy the Seal

Magic orange cranberry scones

In delicious, vinyl on Tuesday, 26 July, 2011 at 13:58

Song: Magic Spells
Artist: Crystal Castles
Album: Crystal Castles (I)

Believe it or not, Crystal Castles can actually be relaxing. It was this or “Violent Dreams”, another song with vocals buried enough in the mix so as to be almost non-existent, leaving me nothing to quote. So, what better to go with a song with no true lyrics, than food? Research and slight tinkering led me to this rather simple concoction. It’s not much work, yet the endpoint still brings a feeling of accomplishment. It’s not at all time-consuming, either, about half an hour total. Note: as you can see by the three cups of flour, this yields a lot, about 15 decently-sized scones, so halve it if you’re afraid of having too much.

3 c flour
½ c sugar (white, not brown)
5 t baking powder
½ t salt
a little over ½ c dried cranberries, chopped
¾ c butter (1.5 sticks), cold
1 egg, beaten
½ c milk
⅓ – ⅔ c orange juice

Combine all dry ingredients, including cranberries, mix well. Then cut in the butter about ¼ – ½ inch hunks thick. Out of necessity, but also preference, I pressed the butter into the flour mix with my fingers. In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, and juice. Gradually add the wet mixture to the dry mixture until moistened. You shouldn’t be adding it all, you just want to get it to a moist enough consistency where you can roll it out like dough. Then, on a floured surface, roll out the dough about ½ inch thick. Cut into wedges, or whatever shape. Bake at 400 for 15-17 minutes, or longer if you want a deeper golden brown. If adding a glaze, prepare it just before you apply it.

Glaze (optional):
2 T orange juice (or whatever flavor you want)
1 c powdered sugar

Whisk, whisk, whisk.

Then you eat them. Pretty good, no complaints, not even from me.

orange cranberry scones

Group photo: the mountain.

orange cranberry scones 2

Group photo, emphasis on geometry.

orange cranberry scones 3

And finally, a close-up of the happy couple.


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