Fresh Cranberry Orange Breakfast Scones

Monday, November 22, 2010
Here's a great way to start your Holiday morning with these delicious breakfast scones. Orange with a hint of cinnamon will be a lingering smell all morning long! Enjoy!

I love making quick bread in the fall, these are so festive looking for the holiday.

Especially at Thanksgiving, or Christmas, the color of these and fresh taste of orange is the perfect way to start that busy day!

Just one more thing, these may be the best fresh cranberry scones you'll ever make so if this is your first shot at using them fresh give this a try you won't be disappointed.

Two Recipes Below

I love both recipes, either one will be delicious.

If I can't find fresh during the year, I use dried.

Both recipes are below for your convenience.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Scones:

1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

1/2 cup light brown sugar

pinch of cinnamon

Zest of 1 small orange

2 1/4 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup milk

Extra flour

White sugar, for topping

Heat the oven to 350 and prepare two baking sheets by lining with parchment or lightly spraying with spray oil.

Chop the cranberries into small pieces either by hand or in a food processor. In a bowl or food processor mix all dry ingredients then add chilled cut up butter into the dry ingredients, add brown sugar and orange zest into the food processor or bowl and mix until fine and crumbly. Add cranberries and stir in the beaten egg and milk.

Sprinkle the counter or a board with flour, and dump the dough out on it. It will be very wet and sticky. Mound a rectangular mound around an inch high and cut into wedges. Brush tops with milk and sugar or egg wash ( beaten egg with a tablespoon of water).

Bake for about 25 minutes or until just getting golden. Serve warm with plenty of butter.

Dried Cranberry Scones:

Combine in a bowl and mix until mixture looks like crumbs:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup margarine or butter (or use margarine)

1 teaspoon orange zest

Add the following and mix until dry ingredients are moistened:

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup dried cranberries

Roll dough into a ball and knead lightly twelve times on parchment papered surfaced and lightly floured.

Keep dough on parchment paper, roll out 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.

Cut into pie wedge triangular shape as shown above.

Brush each scone with:

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon milk

Bake at 400 15-20 minutes.

I gave you both versions I make when fresh cranberries are not available these are a good substitute!


  1. good recipe for breakfast Claudia. I'll do it!! Excuse me but oven temperature is 400 °F or it's an error! Sorry but in Italy we use Celsius scale and i don't know what is the temp. in Fahrenheit
    Bye Valerio

  2. Scones everywhere! Great for the holidays too!

  3. Got it! Love this for Thanksgiving morning. We're suppposed to have a snowstorm... these delicious scones will soothe the frazzled nerves and they are oh so pretty.

  4. I was so tempted to buy fresh crans. while shopping this past weekend but then thought "I'm not going to make cranberry sauce, so what would I make?"....shoot! I should have made scones! I'll get them next week and use your recipe.
    Sounds great!

  5. I love the combo of orange with cranberry! Scrumptious!

  6. I could wake up to these cuties. Job well done.

  7. Talk about the perfect holiday breakfast! I love the combination of sweet and tangy in your recipe.

  8. I love scones for breakfast too! It's pretty filling. Yours look really tempting. Hope you're going to have a fabulous thanksgiving with your family, Claudia. Enjoy!
    Blessings, Kristy

  9. colourful delicious scones love making scones

  10. These scones look perfect for breakfast, so scrumptious with cranberries!

  11. These are a great idea. I think I will get the ingredients to take down to my parent's house to make for Thanksgiving morning. They will be incredible.

  12. These look like a delicious breakfast to wake up to in the morning. Cranberries and orange are a perfect combo of flavors.

  13. You seem to really be busy spoiling your family with beautiful color and aromas wafting through your home.
    I like the technique you used to partition those scones ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  14. Oh my gosh, another great cranberry recipe! You're teasing me too much! Gotta make these too to add to my cranberry faves!

  15. Hmmm cranberry-orange, my favorite combination. Thanks for a great recipe, I have always wanted to make scones but never found a good one I liked!

  16. looks fantastic ,claudia,perfect for a cup of tea or coffee!

  17. I was scrolling backwards on the RSS feed and when I came to this one, knew I needed to say thanks for all the delicious food recipes and ideas! The technique for the scones is the best, thanks so much. Time for another cup of coffee, so I can keep reading.


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