These are the best scones I’ve ever had — cranberry orange scones that are easy to make at home and drizzled with a zesty orange glaze.
Up until a month ago, I never really cared for scones. I was turned off by their dry texture and bland flavor, and I didn’t understand why they were so popular. That is, until everything changed: I had these raisin scones that were fresh from the oven at a local bed and breakfast inn, and they were amazing. Best scones I’ve ever had. They were flaky and crumbly on the outside, and moist and fluffy on the inside. The texture was perfect. I learned how to make these scones from the innkeepers, and now they will be in regular rotation at my house.
Delicious flavors abound in these cranberry orange scones — bites of cranberry accompanied by an orange glaze that seeps into the crumbly cracks on the surface of the scones. The orange glaze is easily made by whisking together powdered sugar, fresh orange juice, and finely grated orange zest. You can use a navel orange for both zesting and juicing, or you can use packaged orange juice as well. For the cranberries, I used dried ones but fresh or frozen work as well.
In the recipe, I mention that the butter should be placed in the freezer while you work on gathering the other ingredients. This ensures that the butter will be very cold when incorporated into the dough, which means it will steam and create air pockets in the scone when it bakes in the oven. This results in airier and fluffier scones. Letting the butter sit for 30 minutes in the freezer will do the trick.
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