How is it even possible that Christmas is almost here again? Seems like just a few months ago I took down the tree! But it's coming 'round again, so ready or not, here it is!
I think the hardest part is getting my mindset working, but we now have a bit of snow, which helps it seem more like Christmas to me. I put the wreath on the door, but so far that's as far as I've gotten for decorations! Better get cracking!!
But first, I need to set the mood with some music and maybe some holiday baking! Then I'll be ready to decorate.
Cranberry Scones Ready for the Oven
2 cups flour, plus extra for the counter
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, cold
1 cup heavy cream
1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl mix the dry ingredients together. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal with a few slightly larger lumps. Mix in any extras at this time, (see variations) Stir in the cream until dough forms, about 30 seconds.
2. Turn the dough and any floury bits out onto a floured board and knead a couple of times to form a ball. Place the dough on a baking sheet and press the dough down into a slightly flattened dome shape about 8 inches around. Sprinkle the top with sugar and cinnamon if desired. Cut through the disc into 6 to 8 wedges. Do not move the dough.
3. Bake for 20-22 minutes until slightly golden around edges.
4. Variations: Stir in approximately 1/2 - 3/4 cup of currants, raisins or other dried fruits. Lemon zest or crystallized ginger are also nice additions. If using fresh fruit such as cranberries, raspberries or blueberries be careful when mixing to not crush the fruit.
Here are the finished scones, topped with a drizzle of vanilla icing....
So, I've got to run right now but I'll be back and checking on all of you to see what you've been doing lately!
Have a wonderful week! I'll see you soon!
~~ Diane ~~