Cranberry Orange Scones with Orange Glaze


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These scones are better than a bakery scone, tender, moist, and buttery, with fresh orange zest and loads of cranberries and plump pomegranate seeds. If that’s not enough to convince you, they’re ready in about 30 minutes, start-to-finish!

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I’ve done it again – I wrote six (SIX!!) posts on a 2.5 hour flight. Why can’t I be this effective at home?? This will be my seventh.

I even stopped writing for 15 minutes while one of the flight attendants did magic tricks. Side note: has anyone ever had that happen to them on a flight before? Delta is stepping up their game for in-flight entertainment.

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I think the secret to my productivity is the lack of internet connection. The internet is such an easily accessible source of distraction and procrastination. Without it, I can focus. I won’t check all my social media channels every 20 minutes.

Damn Instagram. It’s the real time-sap for me. So many pretty pictures, so little time.

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Anyway, one of the many traditions we have when I’m in Erie visiting my family is that my mom, Gma, and I will drive out to a small lake in nearby Edinboro, pick up bagel sandwiches at a little local spot, and sit at the picnic benches by the lake having lunch. We don’t always get to do this in November, but it was an astonishing 75 degrees my first day there.

In addition to freshly-baked bagels, the small luncheonette also makes a variety of cookies and scones. It is a carb-tastic place.

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My mom sampled their Cranberry Orange Scones with Orange Glaze and loved them. They really are quite good, but what I didn’t say at the time is: mine are better. At least, I think so. They’re thicker and more tender, flaky. Moist in the middle, but the edges are a little crumbly. More buttery too.

There’s no denying that they got the flavor right though. Cranberry and orange are a dynamic duo. In my scones, I used dried cranberries, fresh orange zest, and fresh orange juice and zest for the glaze. I also tossed in pomegranate anils. They complement the orange and cranberry perfectly, and the juicy little seeds burst in your mouth with each bite! The glaze has fresh orange flavor, and it just melts into the cracks and crevices.

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As with most of my other scone recipes, you can have these fresh from the oven in 30 minutes, start-to-finish. There aren’t a whole lot of other recipes that can claim that. Freshly baked goods in only half an hour!

These are perfect for this time of year – boasting some of the best seasonal flavors. When you’re planning for holiday brunches, don’t forget to include these scones on the menu!

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Cranberry Orange Scones with Orange Glaze
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Tender, moist, and buttery scones, made with loads of cranberries, pomegranates, and fresh orange zest!
Recipe type: Breakfast - scones
Serves: 8
  • 2-1/2 c. flour
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • ½ c. cold unsalted butter
  • ⅔ c. dried sweetened cranberries
  • ½ c. pomegranate seeds
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ c. cream or half-and-half
  • 1 tsp. orange extract
  • zest of 1 large orange
  • 1-2 tbsp. cream, for brushing scones
  • 2-3 tbsp. coarse sugar, for sprinkling
  • juice of 1 large orange
  • 1 - 1½ c. powdered sugar
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Using a grater, grate the cold butter into the flour mixture. Fold butter into flour mixture until blended.
  3. Add the cranberries and pomegranate seeds, stirring to combine. (Mixing them into the dry scone ingredients will ensure they are evenly distributed, and will avoid over-kneading once we add the wet ingredients.)
  4. In a small bowl, mix together eggs, cream, orange extract, and orange zest.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour the egg mixture into the well.
  6. Mix altogether until just combined.
  7. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead dough 10-12 times. Gently form it into a large ball.
  8. Place the dough onto a well-greased baking sheet and flatten into a circle about 10-inches in diameter, and about ¾-inch thick.
  9. Brush the dough lightly with cream and sprinkle evenly with coarse sugar.
  10. Using a long knife, cut into 8 wedges.
  11. Carefully separate wedges on baking sheet, pulling them just slightly apart.
  12. Bake at 400 degrees for 16-20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  13. Remove from heat, and allow to cool on the pan while preparing glaze.
  14. In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice and powdered sugar.
  15. Drizzle over warm scones, and serve!

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    • says

      Haha! I never thought about what my favorite breakfast carb is, but I love that you have different categories for your favorite carbs! Lol! Donuts are my fave breakfast carb, I think, but scones would be a very close second! :) Thanks, Jen!

  1. says

    The scones look fabulous Sarah, such wonderful flavors! Have a great time with your family and yes it’s amazing how productive we are when there’s no internet! I think I am going to finish all my posts in the 24 hour flight to India! haha..[but honestly that 24 hours are tiring, I am more productive in smaller flights :/]

  2. says

    Aaw, love the tradition you have with your mom and Gma! I can just imagine what a hit these scones were, they look amazing! Love the cranberry and orange combo!

  3. says

    Looks incredible! Can’t wait to try it so I’m pinning :)
    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday. By the way, your pictures are gorgeous. Have a great week ahead!

  4. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. My mother in law absolutely loves scones. She will be here for Thanksgiving so I’m going to make these for her. Pinning.

  5. says

    Can I just say cranberry orange scones are my favorite all time breakfast food? I’ve never made them, but they used to have them at Starbucks and I would eat them all the time (until they started listing calories, LOL). These look fantastic and I have pinned them in hopes of making over the holidays. Thanks for sharing on the Friday Flash Blog!

    • says

      Oh, I know. I adore scones! I like the Starbucks ones a lot, but they are so easy to make at home, and taste much better, of course. Yep… the calories are scary though. Lol!

  6. says

    I think I need to go on a flight so I can have a couple hours of extreme productivity :) Or maybe I’ll just make some scones and settle in for an all-nighter so I can get caught up!

  7. says

    I am such a sucker for scones and these just look so tasty and delicious. We always have dried cranberries around the house to snack on, so this recipe is perfect!

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