Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cranberry Orange Scones

Actually got out to my morning (chilly!) stair workout with my running partner. We didn't do them a ton *coughtwotimes* and we only did the steep golf course hill ONCE, BUT, hey! I got out and did a little, right? while the rest of the family were pretty much lounging or sleeping (not pointin' fingers, but just sayin') .

I should mention that these stairs go up the side of a mountain, just in case you think they were super short or anything. I WAS huffing and puffing greatly. In the boot camp days, though, you'd do them like 6 times? 8 times? When I called dh from Starbucks (mmmm...Chai latte!) afterwards to see if he wanted a coffee, he was all surprised "I thought you were running?" so it all was pretty short. LOL Probably 30 mins in total of exercise. (but again, please refer to paragraph one)

So, anyway, with this workout under my belt, I enjoyed my chai and then went home to make cranberry orange scones from the Anna Olson cookbook (which I have to take back today, someone requested it at the library- annoyingly pushy fellow patrons!) I might actually buy my own copy. I lurve this cookbook- truly! It's so pretty.

Hope everyone is having a nice start of March Break- if it's MB in your world. We're off to Toronto today to stay over at my sister's (should be some good eating there. Should have had a longer workout and less scone! eep!) Then tomorrow we're off to Montreal to visit my mom for a few days. I'm going to try to report in there and stay on plan. We'll see how it goes. I was down another pound this morning and I'm seeing some ab definition from all this weight work we're doing with our gym testing. :)

Cranberry Orange Scones
1 1/2c flour my flour container currently has a combo whole wheat and reg flour mix- probably lowered the points? but I just counted all-purpose flour in the tracker
3 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp orange zest I used the zest from one orange. It made less that 1 tbsp clumped.
1/4 tsp fine salt I used reg table salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chilled You could cut down on butter?
1/2 c half and half cream (plus, extra for brushing)
2/3c dried cranberries This was a lot o' cranberries. You could cut down.
Preheat oven to 375. Grease baking sheet.
Mix first 5 in bowl. Cut the butter into dry mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. Add cream and mix to form dough and then add cranberries.
Roll dough out 3 times on floured surface. (This is Anna's trick for a flaky scone.) Roll into a 1 inch thick disc and cut surface into 6 pieces. Place on baking sheet and brush with extra cream. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until tops are nicely browned.
6 servings, 7 points each. I know! high points! BUT delicious. :)


Cammy said...

Hey, you did more than I did today! :)

You reminded me of a local park with a ton of steps. I need to go back there.

Kristi Summer said...

I love scones. thanks for the recipe.