Did you know it's scone season? Why? Because Downton Abbey's 5th season series starts in about 24 hours from now. Scones are English and you have to have something English besides your tea while watching DA. There's plenty of time to make these very simple goodies to go along with your tea so hop to it! We musn't waste any time.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
3 tbsps. butter
1 cup dried cherries (or dried cranberries)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 medium orange, zest and juice
1 cup heavy cream + 2 tbsps.
2 tbsp. raw sugar
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, salt and sugar
Add the butter and cut in using a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly looking
add the cherries and combine with flour mixture
Here's a side note on those cherries. For years I have been looking for dried cherries and have never found them until I walked into a local store called "The Glenwood Market" here in downtown Manistee. What a thrill it was to finally find some knowing that I would use them in my scone recipe. If you can't find dried cherries where you are click The Glenwood Market. They takes orders and ship all over the country.
add the white chocolate chips and combine with flour mixture
Zest the orange. Here I am using a zester I bought about 20 years ago at a Pampered Chef party. It has come in so handy throughout the years, I will never get rid of it.
So much flavor in orange zest!! Combine with flour mixture.
This is what the orange looks like when I strip the zest.
Slice the orange in half and squeeze juice from the orange into flour mixture
Add 1 cup of heavy cream. Combine liquids with flour mixture.
Using clean hands, combine the mixture until thoroughly combined. Flatten into disk shape. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap
Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes or overnight
Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Remove dough from refrigerator and plastic wrap. Turn onto a flour covered surface
With a rolling pin, roll dough until it's about 1/4" thick
Slice into four 3 inch thick sections
Then slice each section into triangles
Brush heavy cream onto each triangle
Then sprinkle on the raw sugar. Place in pre-heated oven for 17-24 minutes or until golden brown.
Place scones on wire rack to cool.
The orange zest gives the right amount of tang. The sweetness from the white chocolate and cherries balance all the flavors giving your palate a most delicious experience :)