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Christmas Eve Morning Cranberry-Orange Scones

Looking for a yummy scone for Christmas Eve Morning? This will do the trick and more!

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JoyPals Design Studio

JACY’S CRANBERRY-ORANGE SCONES*

[pictured fresh out of the oven]

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (or orange peel)
1/2 cup butter, cut up (very cold butter) (not vegetable shortening!!)
2/3 cup buttermilk (or 2/3 cup of cream/milk and 1 tablespoon vinegar set out for 1/2 hour)
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 teaspoon each: cinnamon, nutmeg (optional)

1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon sugar
(for sprinkling on top) or use icing recipe below (I use both)

ICING
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 tablespoon orange juice
Cream by teaspoon until right consistency achieved.

COMBINE first 6 ingredients; cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add buttermilk and dried cranberries, stirring just until moistened.

TURN dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead 5 or 6 times, Pat into a an 10-inch circle. Cut into wedges, and place 1 inch apart on a lightly greased baking sheet (I use pizza pan). Brush with milk, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon milk.

BAKE at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until scones are golden brown (do not overbake!!).

Remove from oven and cool. If using the icing as well, drizzle by tablespoons on scones while still warm.

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* my version of Southern Living’s old recipe

Christmas at Biltmore

Christmas at Biltmore Estate:  Our #2 favorite vacation spot for Christmas!  #1 is, of course, our home.  If you have not visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC for Christmas or Thanksgiving, it is a must-see, must-do vacation.  There are so many wonderful and fun things to do, a true spirit of historical Christmas.  Visit their website here for their Christmas and holiday videos, photo slideshows and all of the festivities for the holidays.  We will share lots more over the next few weeks of our favorites from our Christmas vacations at Biltmore.  Watch for them!  Until then, take a trip here!

 

Heavenly Holiday Desserts…mmmm cake!

Heavenly Holiday Desserts

They look impressive and taste divine, but the really extraordinary thing about these fabulous desserts is how easy they are to prepare

Fig Cake

Ingredients
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups fig preserves
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
Cream Cheese Frosting
Garnishes: dried figs, fresh raspberries, fresh mint sprigs

Preparation
Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add buttermilk and vanilla; beat well.

Combine flour and next 5 ingredients; gradually add to buttermilk mixture, beating until blended. Fold in fig preserves, applesauce, and toasted pecans. (Batter will be thin.) Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 8-inch round cakepans.

Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Store in refrigerator. Garnish, if desired.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Braswell’s Pure Fig Preserves. Coarsely chop figs, if necessary.

Southern Living, DECEMBER 1999
Photo: Charles Walton; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr

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