Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cranberry Apricot Scones with orange sauce

Hello, everybody! Mary Jane here with a repost recipe. I'm so bummed because I just spent the last hour trying to get my pictures to upload and... nada! Zilch!! It's a no-go. I'm not sure what the problem is. 
WE participated in a Farmer's Market in a town near us and had a great time (even thought it was close to 100F- yuck). The kids made so many cool crafts, cookies, brownies, paintings, and I brought my books. We met a lot of great people!

We also made cranberry- apricot scones and they were a big hit! So... I guess I'll repost that recipe here. They were just as good as they were in 2015!

Preheat the oven to 375F
The ingredients for the scones:
2 cups flour
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbs orange zest
5 tbs chilled butter
1.5 cups cranberries
1/2 cup dried apricots
1 cup whipping cream
The orange drizzle:
3 tbs butter
1.5 cup powdered sugar
3 tbs orange juice
So, as I said... cranberries. Delicious and packed full of antioxidants, and are high in fiber,vitamin C and K. Mine were frozen and a lot easier to chop.
 MMM. Dried apricots. I sent my teens to the store to get dried apricots but didn't specify how much. Instead of calling, they returned with two giant bags. YUMMY. I could hardly be mad, since they were so delicious. We snacked on them for a few days, completely ignoring our apples and pears.
 Mix the cranberries and apricots together.
 Add dry ingredients and cut in the chilled butter.
 Add the cream to the fruit.
 Looks terrible. I have faith this will be great! If it's not... I shall cry lots of tears.
 Mix in the dry ingredients with the fruit. I think we over stirred because it turned pink!
 Make 1 inch think disks.
 Hmmm... It smells delicious but I wasn't sure how this was going to taste.
 Cut it like a pizza.
 Lay out several inches apart.
 Crossing my fingers! Into the oven they go. Bake for 15 minutes. I checked them at ten and them seemed done, but I wanted to make sure they didn't fall to pieces, so I gave them another few minutes.
 With the orange drizzle...
 AMAZING! Even the pickiest eaters enjoyed these. My husband, who doesn't like sweets, thought they were really good. I think scones are more like pan dulce or the sweet bread he's used to. Also, the dried fruit gave it such a satisfying texture. Scones are soft and buttery, and the dried fruit was a great counterpoint.

So, that's all for now! Be sure to visit my authors pages at Virginia Carmichael or Mary Jane Hathaway to find all my latest book news! 


  1. Oooh -- your farmer's market booth sounds amazing -- but yuck to the temps. Hope you were in the shade! And had a lot of sunscreen!

    And isn't there something so...decadent...about scones? I only make them about once a year...well used to when I was still at work and we did a volunteer breakfast for volunteers in June. These look fabulous! Hmmm...maybe I could make them for the church eats table sometime. I'm sure they'd be a hit.

  2. Oh, these look so good! I'm sorry for your 100 degree heat. We've actually been blessed with unseasonably cool weather - perfect for baking scones!