Friday, November 16, 2007

Orange & Gingerbread Scones

I had no idea I could make this something this good. Holy wow! I was having trouble taking the pictures 'cause my nose had to be right up in them and they smell SO FREAKING GOOD. I adapted the recipe from here, and with some judicious tinkering made them probably better, ha!

Orange & Gingerbread Scones

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup oats
1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup margarine
zest of 1 orange (reserving 2 tsps)

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup non-dairy milk
3 tbsp orange juice

3 tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract

Orange Glaze :
1/2 cup icing sugar

1 1/2 tbsp orange juice
2 tsps orange zest

raw coarse sugar (for sprinkling)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F
2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then cut in the margarine with a pastry cutter or some knives until it looks like (yep you guessed it) coarse cornmeal. Stir in the orange zest and cranberries.
3. Whisk together the wet ingredients, then pour them onto the dry and mix til it just comes together.
4. Move the dough to a floured surface and shape it into an 8" disc (or so), then cut that disc in half and cut wedges from each half. Transfer to a greased baking sheet and bake em for 20 minutes, or when a toothpick comes out clean.
5. Mix up the glaze and when the scones are cool, brush them allll over (to make them extra orangey awesome) and then sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Serve em with tea. or apricot beer. or just serve em. you know you want to!

EDIT: I did serve them, to a couple people, and each time the reaction was...... eyes widen and mouth goes "woah!". So I'm happy. This is my first invented baked good. :)