Cranberry and Orange Scones

Christmas Eve in Germany: coffee and cookies are served in the afternoon, and later in the evening presents are exchanged and a simple Christmas meal is served. Many people here eat sausages and sauerkraut. Some have fish. Others a cheese fondue. It seems every family has their own tradition. We had a nut roast with vegetables. (Recipe coming soon!) πŸ˜€

These tasty scones (not at all German) were part of the afternoon spread… the beauty of them was that they were ready in no time; I had frozen them uncooked a few days earlier, and only had to push them into the oven direct from the freezer. I hadn’t tried this before, but it works a treat!


Cranberry and Orange Scones

  • 225g (1 3/4 cups) self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Β½ tsp baking soda
  • 40g (1/3 cup) vegan butter
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • about 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • juice and zest of 1 organic orange
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) non-dairy milk

Sieve flour, salt and raising agents into a bowl. Cut vegan butter into small pieces and rub into flour with fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar. Add orange zest and cranberries and mix well. Then add orange juice and 125ml milk little by little and bringΒ  dough together to form a ball. Do not knead! On a floured surface roll out to about 2-3cm thick and cut out shapes with a round pastry cutter. Makes about 8-10 scones. Place on a lightly floured baking tray and either freeze on the tray and put into freezer bags later, or bake immediately at 180Β°C for about 10 minutes. To bake from frozen they will need a couple more minutes.



What was your favourite treat over the holidays?

31 thoughts on “Cranberry and Orange Scones

  1. I adore scones and these are yummy indeed…we were home alone as I had been sick. We usually go to my sister-in-laws in-laws who are Greek for some incredible pastries and food. My husband and I are Italian so we are used to having fish over Christmas Eve…we had scallops in butter and wine sauce. Lovely traditions in Germany! Happy New Year Cathy!

    • Hope you’re feeling better now Donna – a shame you missed the Greek pastries. I think they are similar to some of the Turkish ones that are popular in Germany. Have a very Happy New Year!

  2. Unreal….I was surfing for scone recipes, took a break to check the wordpress reader and your post was at the top!
    Thank you! my search for a good recipe is now over…will let you know how they come out when I make them next week!

  3. Your food always looks so beautiful Cathy. Nice to know the tip about freezing them.

    At my house thick crusty baguette slices layered with brie, sautΓ©ed mushrooms, roasted red peppers and kalamatas made a delicious Christmas Eve supper. When my daughter was little we used to have this sandwich on Christmas Day to give me respite from the kitchen after having baked pans and pans of cinnamon rolls and monkey bread the day before to give to friends and neighbors.

  4. Best food treat – Truffle Torte (Delia Smith). Incredibly simple but rich combination of dark chocolate, liquid glucose, cream and rum topped with a slim layer of crushed amaretti biscuits and cocoa, then chilled.

  5. Your scones look delicious, I cannot resist scones. I have to make my own in France but I never knew about freezing them, very handy if someone drops in during the afternoon. I will try it out.

  6. I really do like the recipe! And I’m even more excited to hear that you took them uncooked directly from freezer to oven! What a great idea to make them ahead and have them ready to bake. I look forward to your nut roast recipe, too! I’m very curious. πŸ™‚

  7. Yum! Can’t wait to these this weekend! One of my favorite Christmas treats are a walnut, cranberry, shortbread cookie. I make them every year but now I want to move on and try these scones.

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