I have been playing with my scone recipes for a few months. Actually, ever since I made these pumpkin ones. The recipe had to be different, as it was not going to have the added moisture that these autumn inspired scones had. Finally, nailed down what I consider to be the perfect scone, and just in time for you to make up a batch for New Years day brunch.
After batches of scones and extra weight on the hips, I have a scone recipe that rocks the previous ones. It is perfect!! Flakey. Not over-dry. Moist. Flavorful. Delicious. I have found the key to being perfect is the ingredients. The first important ingredient is the butter. It has to be a high quality butter, and for some mysterious reason, Irish butter has been working the best for me. Really, it is true. I have been trying all sorts of butter, and scones come out better using Irish butter. What do they do to make their butter so perfect for scones?
The fruit is just as equally important. I have been making our scones using seasonal, fresh fruit. Sure you can substitute using frozen or dried; but, why not make a treat for your loved ones every season. Winter cranberries or pears. Spring strawberries. Summer peaches or blackberries. Fall apples or butternut squash. The possibilities are endless, and you are doing good by eating fresh and seasonal. If you opt to for frozen, you will have to thaw the fruit, drain for couple hours, and really pat dry; otherwise, you will have a soggy scone. If you use dried fruit, you will need to add a little more moisture.
For the holiday season, I made this delicious, fresh cranberry and ginger scone for Eat Boutique. I loaded the recipe with fresh cranberries; love when the fruit gets hot and bursts into little puddles of jammy fruit. As well we like spicy, so I really upped the candied ginger in this recipe; feel free to cut back a little, if you are not that much into ginger. Do add a little ginger as it really warms up the otherwise tart cranberries.
This scone is perfect served with some bergamot marmalade (which is easier to make than you think) and a hot beverage of choice. A wonderful way to wake up during the last few days of the holiday season.
Recipe: Cranberry Ginger Scones
Recipe: Bergamot Marmalade