Orange Breakfast scones.....
I don't know about you but I think January is one of the gloomiest months of the year? It always seems so drab and cold after all the holiday decorations have been taken down. However, I've learned through the years that it really doesn't have to be that way. How about adding a little comfort and whimsy to those dark and snowy days. My husband just loves it when I surprise him by making scones. Scones are very easy to make and they are delicious served warm with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Some of them are packed with fruit and they have the consistancy and taste of a biscuit cookie. I always like to to decorate my tea tray according to the season or holiday.
ORANGE BREAKFAST SCONES
(A recipe from Land o'Lakes Inc.)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
1/3 cup Land O Lakes Butter
1/2 cup Mandarin orange segments, chopped
1/2 cup sweetiened dried cranberries, chopped
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons orange juice or Mandarin orange liquid
1 tablespoon sugar to sprinkle on top
Heat oven to 400 degress. Combine flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and orange peel in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles cource crumbs. Stir in Mandarin oranges and cranberries.
Combine sour cream, egg, and orange juice in a small bowl. Beat with wire whisk until smooth. Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until well mixed.
Spread into a greased 9-inch cake pan. Sprinkle with one tablespoon sugar.
Bake for 28 to 32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and scone is slightly browned. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cut into wedges.
I usually bake my scones in a glass pie dish. Instead of sprinkling the scone with sugar, you could instead, make a sugar glaze which would be equally delcious.
One day last year I was visiting my dear friend Judy at htp://justalittlesomethingforyou.blogspot.com/ She had written a wonderful post where she had cut tiny hearts out of butter. I thought they looked so pretty and delicate. I immediately went out and found some miniture cookie cutters of my own. For Christmas one of my tea tables featured the little angels shown above. Thank you Judy :>)
Of course Charli always loves these little scone and tea breaks we have. She is usually curled up by the fire on one of her fleece blankets just waiting for a little crumpet or two to come her way.