Everyone knows cranberries are HUGE in Fall. However, they’re usually overlooked for anything but making a sauce. This is a shame because cranberries add a tart, delicious dimension to all kinds of dishes. For example, check out these delicious Cranberry Rosemary Scones! The berries provide the perfect counterbalance to the sweetness of the pastry. What’s more, the rosemary adds a whole new dimension or herbal, almost peppery flavors. This scone recipe definitely cheer you up on a chilly day!
A Surprising Flavor Combination
We love to use fresh Fall cranberries for these scones. They’re tart, juicy, and flavorful – just the thing to balance a sweet treat. The fresh berries also pop when they get hot, leaving little jammy cranberry pockets all through the scone. In contrast, frozen berries tend to lose this effect because they break down when they thaw (although they still make delicious scones in a pinch). Finally, please stay away fromfor this recipe – they just aren’t juicy enough.
The secret to these scones is fresh rosemary and the surprising way it melds with the cranberries. Rosemary rounds out all of the sweet and tart flavors with a herbal, aromatic fragrance. Also, if you’re worried that rosemary tastes a little too strong – don’t fret! Cranberries are robust enough to hold their own. Just make sure you use fresh rosemary. The dried herb is woody and lacks the volatile oils that make fresh rosemary smell so GOOD!
3 Tips for Making Perfect Scones
- You need to make sure all your ingredients are cold. In other words, leave everything in the fridge until you’re ready to start baking. This allows the fats in the dough to melt while baking and not during the mixing process. In turn, this makes sure you get a flaky pastry.
- Mix the dough gently – just enough so that the ingredients are blended and the dough comes together. If you overwork the scones they’ll be chewy, not flaky.
- When you’ve finished forming the dough into scones, cool it again with some more time in the fridge. Once again, this keeps the fats from melting too early.
How to Store your Cranberry Scones
We understand it’s tempting to bake a big batch of these goodies and munch them over time. However, scones always taste best when they’re straight out of the oven! So, we have a compromise for you. Follow our recipe until you’ve mixed the dough. Then, divide it into portions and either:
- Leave them in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Wrap them in foil and freeze for up to 3 months.
In either case, just put them straight into the oven when you’re ready to eat them. The frozen scones don’t even need to thaw out! Trust us, they taste much better this way.
We hope you enjoy our Cranberry Rosemary Scone recipe! If you try them, please let us know what you thought with a comment and rating! Every bit of feedback makes The Plant Riot even better!Print