As far as I'm concerned, fresh cranberry sauce is right up there with the turkey and whipped potatoes on Thanksgiving Day. Cranberry in any shape or form is right at the top of my list of favorite foods. I buy cranberries now and freeze them in bulk for these delicious scones or my chocolate-chip-cranberry cookies - that's how much I love them. And these scones are so easy to pull together and stick in the preheating oven for the rest of the dinner, well - why not make a batch? If you're traveling, nothing is easier to bake and stick in a plastic bag for the road trip to Grandma's - or the long flight home. Can you still stash some homemade goodies in your bag, or are you stuck with peanuts?
All you need is ten minutes to mix up, and a half an hour for baking. Why not wrap some in cello for your host, or to slip to a hungry 3 year old? These are tried and true, so I do hope you'll give it a whirl and enjoy nibbling on these tangy, rosy pastries, as you wait for the Big Thanksgiving Show to go on.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
4 cups King Arthur flour
1/2 cup sugar plus more for sprinkling tops
7 T. unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1 T. baking powder
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/2 cups buttermilk ( more if you need it, dough should not be dry)
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. salt
egg wash for tops (1 beaten egg and a pastry brush)
In mixer bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and butter until mixture resembles cornmeal.
Add dried cranberries and mix again.
Add buttermilk and fresh or frozen cranberries and mix until dough forms a ball.
Roll dough out to a 9" circle.
Cut in half, and cut each half two more times - you will have eight triangles.
Place triangles on baking sheet, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle heavily with sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until scones are golden and light when you pick them up. If they feel heavy, let them bake a little longer. All ovens are different, so baking times do vary.
Let scones cool very well ( 30 minutes) before packaging for giving.