Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cranberry Ginger Scones

Cranberry ginger scone

Well, hello, and happy Wednesday! There is someone I would like for you to meet. The newest addition to the Coppertop family arrived on November 9, and after one whole month of blissful, exhausting, amazing time together, our little Anne is ready to say hello.

1 month old Anne 

As you can imagine, things are a little different in my kitchen right now. I'm glad that I compulsively grocery-shopped in the weeks leading up to Anne's arrival, because having a stocked-to-the-gills freezer, fridge and pantry has helped me throw together a lot of quick meals. Baking is at a minimum for now, although we are starting to settle into a groove which allows me a little more freedom. I'm hoping I'll have time for at least one batch of Christmas cookies.

I feel more like myself than I ever have in my life; more fulfilled, more happy, more comfortable in my skin. I am living out my vocation. It is harder than I thought, requires more of me than I expected, and is infinitely more rewarding than I had dreamed. At times I just stare at my girl and marvel that she is mine. What a spectacular Christmas gift!

Cranberry ginger scone

Cranberry Ginger Scones

3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2.5 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup buttermilk or kefir

Optional glaze:
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and whisk together. Cut the butter into small pieces and use your fingers or two knives to work it into the dry ingredients, until the mixture resembles fresh bread crumbs. Add the crystallized ginger, cranberries, and buttermilk or kefir, and stir together until just combined. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly twelve times. Pat the dough into a circle about 1/2 inch thick.  For the glaze, stir together the cream and sugar in a small bowl and brush over the top. Cut the dough into 12 pie-shaped wedges and place about 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Bake about 12 minutes, until tops are golden. Serve hot.

5 comments:

  1. Congratulations! She's adorable.

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  2. She is so incredibly precious. I'm so glad to hear how well you are doing!

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  3. Elizabeth, I was actually thinking of you the other day...wondering, "When did she have her baby??" Your sweet daughter is so cute! What a blessing.

    Oh..and the scones look great too ;) Welcome back!

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  4. What a cutie! Congratulations!
    And those scones look amazing... will be making these for my colleagues soon, no doubt.

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  5. that is the cutest picture ever!! I bet the scones are awesome, but Anne's is the star of the post! LOL

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