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Meyer Lemon Cranberry Scones

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Meyer Lemon Cranberry Scones

  • Medium



I have plenty of Meyer lemons left over after making Meyer Lemon Cookies last week.

Found this oldie-but-goodie (I miss Gourmet Magazine!  Come back!).

I ate one right after they came out of the oven with some freshly whipped whip cream — and oh, lordy it was good.  The scones are crumbly and soft on the inside, with great bits of chewy dried cranberry and scented with lemon.

And they’re fun to make — scones require you to get in there and really get messy.  My “kitchen fairy”, Casey, won’t be pleased…until he tastes one.

Meyer Lemon Cranberry Scones
Courtesy Gourmet Magazine, May 1997

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest (from about 3 lemons; preferably Meyer)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons additional if using fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh cranberries, chopped coarse, or 1 1/4 cups dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Accompaniment: crème fraîche or whipped cream

Preheat oven to 400°F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

With a vegetable peeler remove the zest from lemons and chop fine, reserving lemons for another use.

In a food processor pulse flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, butter and zest until mixture resembles coarse meal and transfer to a large bowl.

In a small bowl toss together fresh cranberries and 3 tablespoons sugar and stir into flour mixture. If using dried fruit, add to flour mixture.

In another small bowl lightly beat egg and yolk and stir in cream. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.

On a well-floured surface with floured hands pat dough into a 1-inch-thick round (about 8 inches in diameter) and with a 2-inch round cutter or rim of a glass dipped in flour cut out as many rounds as possible, rerolling scraps as necessary. Arrange rounds about 1 inch apart on baking sheet and bake in middle of oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until pale golden.

Serve scones warm with crème fraîche or whipped cream. Scones keep, individually wrapped in plastic wrap and foil, chilled, 1 day or frozen 1 week.

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