What You Need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt, if using unsalted butter
- ½ cup caster sugar
- Zest of 2 medium oranges (try using Valencia oranges)
- 100 grams frozen butter
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup chilled cream
- To finish: 1 tablespoon cream + 1 teaspoon water
- Ask a parent or adult to help you with this recipe.
Method:About the Chef:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt, if using. Stir in the orange zest.
- Grate the frozen butter into the bowl and use your fingertips to rub it into the mixture until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs with some bigger bits of butter scattered throughout.
- Add the cranberries and pour in the cream. Bring the dough together with a silicone spatula, then use your hands to shape it into a rough mass. Don’t overwork the dough or you’ll end up with tough scones.
- Tip the dough out onto a silicone baking mat and pat into an 8-inch-wide circle. Slice into 8 equal triangles with a sharp knife to help cut through the cranberries.
- Slide the mat onto a baking tray and chill the sliced dough for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Now separate the sliced dough, placing each scone at least an inch apart on the baking tray. Mix the cream and water in a small bowl and brush it over the top and sides of each scone.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until all the scones are golden-brown on top and puffy. Let them cool for 15 minutes before serving.
- Scones taste best on the day they are baked, but they can be stored at room temperature for 3 to 4 days and in the fridge for a week, reheating as needed.
Gayatri is a Mumbai-based food blogger who goes by the online persona of The Desserted Girl. She loves baking and her blog is a collection of approachable desserts and some savouries too. Most recipes are tailored to suit Indian ingredients, kitchens and weather. She firmly believes baking should not be intimidating and that there is nothing more fun than making your cake and eating it too! To learn how to make these delicacies and many more, follow her on Instagram @thedessertedgirl and www.thedessertedgirl.com