Buttermilk Cranberry Scones
Perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea time, these cranberry scones are easy to make and decadent to eat. Served warm with a spread of butter and jam, they’re irresitable!
The first time I tried these amazing cranberry scones was when I worked at a local jewelry store.
When I got to work one day, there was a pretty little china plate in the staff area. On it was a row of cranberry scones that had been carefully cut and buttered. Beside it ~ in the cutest little jar ~ was some jam and a little knife.
When there was a lull in customers, I grabbed one and took a quick bite.
Oh. my. goodness.
It was the best scone I’d ever tasted!
I quickly found out who the source of such deliciousness was, and she graciously shared her recipe ~ which was passed down from her mother.
I admit, I haven’t fired up my oven for baking for a very long time, but I figured these buttermilk cranberry scones were a special occasion just waiting to happen.
Ingredients you’ll need for this cranberry scone recipe
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter – cold
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 cup dried cranberries – I used craisens
Step by step instructions for buttermilk cranberry scones
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles course oatmeal.
- In a seperate bowl, beat together the egg, milk, and maple syrup.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients all at once and stir to combine.
- Add the craisens and stir until incorporated into the mixture.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/2″ thick and cut with a biscuit cutter. (I love using a pastry cloth set for rolling dough.)
- Arrange the cut out scones about 1 inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until they are just starting to turn golden brown. Remove scones immediately from the baking sheet and cool on a wire cooling rack.
Serve warm with butter and your favorite jam.
This recipe made 12 scones cut with a 3 inch cutter. Next time, I might try cutting them with a smaller cutter and baking them a few minutes less.
Tips & Tricks
- Try not to handle the dough too much or it might become tough.
- Check out this post for tips on rolling dough and some options for dough rolling tools that will save time.
- If you don’t have buttermilk, here is how you can make your own substitute: In a 1 cup measuring cup, add 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar. Fill up the cup to the 1 cup measure mark with milk and let it sit for a few minutes. It may look curdled, but that is ok! It will be a great substitute for buttermilk.
What are some secrets to making the best scones?
I’ve done some research and found some tips and tricks for getting scones perfectly the way you want!
- Avoid overworking the dough. Use a gentle touch and mix just until the dough comes together.
- If you want your scones to rise high, place them close together on the baking sheet so they are just barely touching each other. That will force them to rise high, and give them soft sides. Or, you can place them about 1 inch apart. They like to be cozy in the pan!
- Some claim that using cold butter rather than room temperature butter will help them rise better. A chilled bowl and pastry cutter may help, too!
- Don’t use juicy fruit – dried fruit is best.
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Other sweets perfect for an afternoon tea party:
- These gluten-free scones would be perfect if someone has dietary restrictions.
- This lemon bar recipe of my Grandma’s is incredibly delicious.
- Cranberry lemon bars are like a new twist on brownies.
- This tried and true sugar cookies recipes is perfect for any special occasion.
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The scones look amazing!! Gotta try them.
Question: the recipe states “syrup”. Do you mean maple syrup?