Cranberry Scones

by Beth on November 12, 2013

Cranberry Scones

These scones almost didn’t make it.  I’ve used this recipe for years, so I only casually glance at the ingredient list as I throw things into the mixing bowl.  When I reached the final ingredient and started stirring in the heavy cream, the batter just wouldn’t come together – it was dry and clumpy.  Undeterred, I figured I just needed a little more liquid and added a few more splashes of cream.  Nope.  That didn’t work.  In a panic, I check the recipe, convinced that I must have needed read the measurement for the cream wrong.  I read something wrong, but not the cream.  The recipe called for a full cup less flour than I had added.  At this point, I didn’t have enough ingredients or time to try again or make something else.  After some hasty calculations, I figured out how much I needed to add for all of the other ingredients in order to get the recipe proportions correct. In the end, tea time was saved, but I had a LOT of scones.  Two thirds more than usual, to be exact.  However, an overabundance of scones is something I can deal with.

Is there really such a thing as too many scones?  I don’t think so.  These cranberry scones are the perfect addition to your breakfast or afternoon tea time.   They come together quickly in a single bowl and don’t even require cutting in cold butter.  The resulting cranberry scones are tender and not too sweet – just the way a scone should be.

Cranberry Scones

Yield: 8 scones

Cranberry Scones

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 small-medium orange
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Granulated sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Place the granulated sugar in a large bowl and add the orange zest. Whisk until the sugar is uniformly moistened by the zest.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, whisking to combine. Stir in the dried cranberries.
  4. Pour in the cream and, using your fingers or a fork, stir together until combined.
  5. Pour dough onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead to bring dough together. Pat into an 8-inch circle and cut into 8 triangles.
  6. Place triangles on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with the granulated sugar.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the scones are just lightly browned. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store at room temperature.
http://domesticpursuits.com/2013/11/12/dried-cranberry-scones/

{ 0 comments }

Apple Spice Bars

by Beth on October 29, 2013

Apple Spice Bars

With all the attention that pumpkin has been getting lately, I decided to finally pick a recipe where apples are the star of the show.  I’ll admit that despite the abundance of beautiful, local apples during this time of year, apple recipes often get pushed to the bottom of my baking list.  Why?  Because I’m lazy.  Peeling, coring and chopping apples just seems to take me so much time.  It’s much quicker and less messy to pop open a can of pumpkin.  As an aside, I have an apple peeler/corer/slicer that I love.  It’s great for bigger jobs that require more than an apple or two.

Every time I make these bars, I tell myself that they are definitely worth the extra time and effort.  Once the apples are prepped, everything comes together quickly.  Your home will be filled with the tempting aroma of sugar, spices and baking apples shortly thereafter.  The resulting apple bars are moist and tender and have a slightly flaky top.  These apple bars are a delicious seasonal dessert that really let the simple flavor of apple, cinnamon and brown sugar shine through.

 

Apple Spice Bars

Apple Spice Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cup and 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • small pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced (a little less than 2 cups)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and coat with baking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Whisk to combine well and set aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer, combine sugars and butter. Beat on medium high until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well to combine. Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to slow and gradually add flour mixture, beating until just combined. Fold in apples.
  5. Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, until cooked through and top slightly bounces back to the touch.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely on rack before removing from pan, cutting and serving. Bars will be very soft.

I have no idea where this recipe came from. I copied it down years ago and there's no attribution.

http://domesticpursuits.com/2013/10/29/apple-spice-bars/

 

{ 1 comment }

What We’re Reading: Trains

October 24, 2013
5 Books for Little Train Lovers

  While we’ll still be sharing plenty of recipes on Domestic Pursuits, we’re adding new features related to family life and raising children.  This is the first installment of What We’re Reading, a series of posts where I will share favorite books from our home and local libraries. Like many children his age, my three […]

Read the full article →

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

October 22, 2013
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Fall baking is in full swing in our house.  After an unfortunate afternoon when I couldn’t bake because I was completely out of semi sweet chocolate chips (despite an over-abundance of dark chocolate, white chocolate and mint), my baking supplies are fully stocked.  I have plenty of chocolate chips of ALL varieties, and let’s just […]

Read the full article →

Pumpkin Pie Spice

October 21, 2013
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Raise your hand if you’ve encountered a recipe that calls for pumpkin pie spice.  Now raise your hand if you actually have a jar of pumpkin pie spice in your kitchen. If your anything like me, seeing “pumpkin pie spice” in a recipe sends your scrambling to Google and a search for substitutions.  I do […]

Read the full article →

Black Bean Taco Chili

October 17, 2013
Black Bean Taco Chili

  As the weather cools and fall sets in, our family is transitioning from summer grilling and fresh farmstand vegetables to heartier fare.  Soups and chilis feature prominently on our menu during these cooler months.  They’re one pot meals with warm flavors, simple preparation and ample amounts of leftovers. What’s not to love? This is […]

Read the full article →

Pumpkin Muffins

October 14, 2013
Pumpkin Muffins

It should come as no surprise to those who know me that I love baking with pumpkin.  I’ve blogged about a variety of pumpkin baked goods over the years and baked many more than never made it onto this website.  It only seems fitting that my first blog post after nearly two years of radio […]

Read the full article →

We’re Back!

October 14, 2013

After a long hiatus, Domestic Pursuits is back!  Now we’re all moms of beautiful little boys, so our readers will notice a new spin our on content.  In addition to sharing recipes that we love, we’ll be blogging about raising children – from fun activities to things that we can’t live without. In the coming […]

Read the full article →

Lemon Meringue Pie

May 1, 2012
Thumbnail image for Lemon Meringue Pie

My Nana made the best Lemon Meringue pie.  Really, she made many delicious pies – standouts include apple and mincemeat – my favorite though was probably her lemon meringue variety.  The meringue was always so perfectly browned on the peaks, but yet so soft and springy - came out just right every time.   She was a great cook – […]

Read the full article →

Cheese Babka

April 16, 2012
Thumbnail image for Cheese Babka

Alright, alright, we know.  It has been over 3 months since this blog was updated.  What can I say, life gets in the way sometimes!  To be honest, it’s just really hard for a working gal to take good food photos during the winter months.  Now that it stays light after 6pm, I’m good again. […]

Read the full article →