Friday, January 16, 2009

Cranberry Scones and Cranberry-Orange Muffins

Everything that Mary- The Food Librarian makes or bakes, looks delicious. There are so many recipes I want to try from her blog. Here are 2 that I got around to making and I am so glad that I did! Cranberries were $1 a bag after the holidays, so I stocked up and put a couple of bags in the freezer.
The first were Cranberry-Orange Muffins from Whole Foods. I love the orange zest that these muffins have in them and the whole wheat. I preferred them once they had cooled down, but basically people were gobbling them up, warm or cooled. I omitted the nuts and halved the topping.
The Cranberry Scones were a quick breakfast treat that I sprinked with some red and white decorating sugar, just for fun. Tart and Scrumptious. Hopefully you were able to snag a couple of bags of cranberries so you can make something tasty!

Whole Foods Cranberry-Orange Muffin recipe HERE
Cranberry Scones from Martha Stewart
Prep: 15 minutes Total: 30 minutes
Serves 8.
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
5 tablespoons sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for topping
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup (plus 1 tablespoon) half-and-half
1/2 cup halved cranberries, drained on paper towels
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in 2/3 cup half-and-half until just moistened. Gently fold in cranberries.
On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently, 5 to 10 times. Pat into a 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges; place on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
Brush tops with remaining tablespoon half-and-half; sprinkle with remaining tablespoon sugar. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

Coming Tomorrow- Quick Cream of Tomato Soup and Roasted Parsnips


Marie Rayner said...

Mary Ann, how did I miss these three delicious looking posts. I am going to have to pick up some beetroot today to make your lovely looking risotto, and these muffins and scones, not to mention the rice paper rolls, look fabulous! Can I come live with you??? You have one very lucky family there!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! I checked your site to see your CEimB write up, but my mouth started watering over the site of those muffins. Wait ... I have to run and get a tissue to wipe the drool off my chin! Awsome!

The Food Librarian said...

Mare, so glad you enjoyed these two recipes! $1 a bag - what a deal. I guess since we don't grow them out here, they don't get discounted on the West Coast. Thanks for your nice comments and visits! :) I can't wait to read about the quick tomato soup - sounds yummy!

Donna-FFW said...

These look to die for! Perfect cranberry and orange, MMMMMM. Your photos are FABULOUS!!

Jessica said...

I'm so jealous that you found cranberries on sale! I've been watching for them to be marked down around here so that I can stock up but no dice so far. Both of these look fantastic and I really, really want to make them. I need to start exercising more so that I can eat all of these delicious treats!

Shari said...

I love the combination of orange and cranberry. Lovely photos!

Cathy said...

I wish that I thought to stock up on cranberries when they were on sale, but I might have to buy a couple of bags anyway to try these. They both look great! The only hard part will be deciding which to make first!

Aggie said...

Oh I'm loving both of these Mary Ann! I love the combo of cranberry and orange!! As usualy your pictures are making my mouth water! ;)

Check yourself out on the Leftover Queen's Finest Foodie Fridays!! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

I have a few bags of cranberries in my freezer. These would be great to make. They look really good.

Prudy said...

Oh yumma yumma. Everything around here looks so good. YOur pics are looking so professional and everything just looks scrumptious. I'd love the rice paper rolls, the cauliflower stew, the corn muffin and top me off with that pomegranite syrup, would ya? I really wish I could pop by for dinner. Not to mention those cranberry muffins for breakfast!

Shelby said...

This is an awesome post! Love the pics!

Congrats on making the FFF list!!! :)

Anonymous said...

These look awesome! I must try these

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Oh, Mary Ann, these both look delicious. I was just looking at my stash of cranberries in the fridge and thinking I need to bake something with them!

Alexa said...

I have such a weakness for scones... yours look simply perfect!

Unknown said...

Sweet mercy Mary Ann, everything looks amazing!! Those muffins!!! Hey I was going to ask you where in the world you found cranberries for $1!?