New Blog Stuff and Meyer Lemon Cranberry Scones Recipe

Garden meyer lemons that smell sooooo wonderful

Before we get to these magnificent meyer lemon cranberry scones recipe, there’s some new blog updates that we want to share.

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Meyer Lemon and Cranberry Scones

Back to the scones! The citrus trees in our backyard have been exploding and it’s certainly been a wonderful year for us. The meyer lemons are starting to be perfect for picking and their fragrance is so bright and inviting. This morning we made a batch of scones from the garden meyer lemons and this is a treat that everyone should experience in the morning. Scones are actually really easy to make in the morning. To make things even quicker in the morning, you can premix the dry ingredients together in a bowl and then finish everything else in the morning. Fresh, hot scones can’t be beat and after making this batch, you’ll probably never head out to your morning coffee stop for scones again.

Tips for killer, flakey scones:

  • Use cold ingredients. Your butter has to be cold, but it helps if everything else is too.
  • Work quick and don’t over mix. The dough will be kind dry and rough when mixed. If you lolli-gag in the process the butter will start to get to warm, and you’ll lose some of the flakiness.

Freshly grated meyer lemon zest and tangy cranberries are perfect in scones

gently mixing in the last of the flour by hand

brush on the fragrant and tangy/sweet meyer lemon glaze

If you want to be popular at work, try baking a fresh batch of these in the morning and taking them to work. Trust us, you will be loved and your popularity ranking will shoot sky high! Who knows? you just might get that raise that you deserve and all it took was a batch of freshly baked meyer lemon cranberry scones!

Meyer Lemon Cranberry Scones Recipe

Yield: 20 - 2 1/2" Scones

Total Time: 30 Minutes

Adapted from Epicurious.

Ingredients:

  • finely grated Zest from 2 Meyer Lemons
  • 2 1/2 c (370g) All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 c (100g) Sugar
  • 1 T (15g) Baking Powder
  • 1/2 t (3g) Sea Salt
  • 6 T (90g) unsalted Butter, cold
  • 1 1/4 c Dried Cranberries (we used a dried orange-cranberry - delicious)
  • 1 lrg Egg
  • 1 lrg Egg Yolk
  • 1 c (240 ml) Heavy Cream (if your cream is extra thick you may need a touch more)

lemon glaze

  • juice from 2 Meyer Lemons (@ 1/4c)
  • 1/4 c Sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

  1. Combine zest, flour, sugar (100g) baking powder, and sea salt in a bowl.
  2. Cut butter into pea sized chunks.  Add to dry ingredients and pinch the butter with the dry ingredients until everything is combined into a crumbly mixture.
  3. Beat the egg and egg yolk in a small bowl.  Add cream and mix to combine.
  4. Add cream mix to flour mix just until it all comes together.  To mix the last of the flour, place the dough on work surface, and the the palm of your hand, push small egg sized chunks down and away from you (see picture above recipe). Do this just until flour is incorporated. Add the dried cranberries. Dough should still be fairly rough.
  5. Roughly form dough into 2 1/2" x 1" discs. Place on the sheet pan and bake in the middle of the oven for about 20 minutes or until pale golden.
  6. While scones bake, make lemon glaze.  Combine lemon juice and 1/4 c of sugar in a small sauce pan.  Heat until sugar is dissolved.  Set aside to cool.
  7. After scones are done baking, remove from oven and brush with lemon glaze.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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