Cranberry Scones

Cranberry Scones

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
  • ¾ cup fresh cranberries, halved
  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Topping:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Icing:

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add the small pieces of butter- and cut into the flour using a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse sand.

Next, add the cranberries to the dry ingredients. Toss to coat the fruit.
Then, add buttermilk and egg to the flour mixture. Stir to incorporate the ingredients till it comes together (the dough will be sticky). 

Place dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly for 2 minutes.
Form dough into a disk (about 8 inches in diameter) on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle topping-mixture evenly over the top of the dough.

Using a knife cut the dough halfway through into 8 wedges. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. 

Drizzle with icing. Serve immediately.

Makes approximately 8 pieces.

 

Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs

Little Chef

  • Practice counting the fresh cranberries (whole). See how high your little chef can count.
  • Allow them to help gather the measuring cups and spoons for the recipe. Ask them which is bigger and smaller in size. Talk about the official names of each measurement (i.e. cup, ½ cup, 1/3 cup, etc. and 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, etc.)
  • Working together, allow your child to use a butter knife to carefully cut the chilled butter into pieces. Ask them to describe the texture of the cold butter.
  • Once the dough is ready to be kneaded, have your child observe how to knead and let them touch the dough. Talk about the texture with them.
  • Have your child help measure and mix the ingredients for the topping and icing. Explore the color, texture, smell and taste of the ingredients.
  • Allow your child to help drizzle the icing on the finished scone.
  • Once the recipe is complete, allow them to taste their creation. See if they like it.

Kid Chef

  • Allow them to help measure the dry ingredients and pour into the mixing bowl. Ask them to gently combine these ingredients together.
  • Practice cracking an egg and beating it with a fork or small whisk.
  • With adult supervision, practice using a pastry cutter or two butter knives to cut the butter into the flour mixture.
  • Have them help mix the dry ingredients (flour mixture) with the wet ingredients (buttermilk, egg) and watch how the batter becomes sticky.
  • Working together, help your child knead the dough. Let them feel the texture and motion to learn how to work with the dough.
  • With adult supervision, practice safe knife skills and let them help cut the dough into eight wedges.
  • Once the recipe is done, allow them to taste their creation and ask them to describe the flavor.

 

 

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