Cranberry Orange & White Chocolate Scones

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Last weekend Suburbia Man and I were at the Mall of America doing some Christmas shopping.  MOA had slightly died down from the masses of people herded up at the Pioneer Woman book signing.  We had been lapping the mall and our blood sugar was dipping when we happened to pass by the Godiva store with a sign out front that said 20 percent off-it caught my eye, I love a deal….even a mini-deal! But, then the cheerful gals behind the counter beckoned me in with an offer of a cup of hot chocolate!   Let me tell you, that was one great pit stop….first of all they offered me a free cup of hot chocolate, dark hot chocolate…it was amazing.  And then, free chocolate dipped strawberries!  I’m serious!  I was like, this is the best pit stop ever!!  How does this relate to the scone picture?  Well, I think this scone recipe would be the bomb with this hot chocolate!  What?  You say your snowed in like me and can’t get yourself to the nearest Godiva store?  Well then you’re in luck, because I bought one for me, and one for one of you!  Dark chocolate.  Smooth. Creamy.  Delicious.  And, I got the tip of the day from the Godiva Girls.  Blenders.  Make the hot chocolate and then whip it around in the blender.  It goes to new heights of smoothy-ness!!  That’s a fact.

Scone Making

Which leads me to the scones.  Last summer my friend Kelli had me over for coffee and baking and she made these scones substituting in plump summer cherries and almonds.  This is her recipe using cranberries.

Cranberry, Orange & White Chocolate Scones

1/3 Cup dried Cranberries

3/4 Cup Buttermilk

2 Cups Flour

2 Tbsp. Sugar

2 Tsp. Baking Powder

1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda

1/4 Tsp. Salt

1 Tbsp. grated Orange Rind

1/3 Cup cold Butter

1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips

Milk (to brush tops of scones)

Sugar (to sprinkle at the end)

(Another option is to substitute 1/2 Cup pitted and halved fresh cherries for the cranberries and to add 1/2 sliced almonds.)

Combine cranberries & buttermilk in a small bowl.  Set  aside.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange rind.

As you cut butter into small shaving, let it drop into flour mixture.

Use a pastry blender to work it through the dry ingredients.

Add white chocolate chips, cranberries, and buttermilk.

Turn dough out onto floured surface.

Knead & pat into a circle with 3/4 inch thickness.

Scone Making

Using a large knife, cut it like a pie-into 6 or 8 pie wedges.

Place onto a stone or lightly greased baking sheet.

Brush scones with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes or until lightly golden.

These are Kelli’s secrets for flaky scones:

*Work quickly.

*The colder the butter the better

*Cut it in & get them into the oven fast.

(Or….try Kristin’s Cranberry Muffins!  One reader I recently bumped into tried them and loved them!)

OK, so here is the deal because I share and I’m snowed in… one of you gets to win the Godiva Dark Hot Chocolate!  Just leave a comment here with your best cabin-fever tips or what you like to add to spruce up your hot chocolate!!  This LoveFeast Table GiftAway will end Thursday at 10pm and the winner will be announced over the weekend!

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  1. YUMMM!!! I can’t tell you what I would give to be munching those scones and sipping some hot chocolate with our feet up in front of your fireplace looking out over your winter wonderland! Two of my favorite additions to hot chocolate are Malibu (coconut rum) and Kahlua ;)

  2. My solution to cabin fever? Me, a blanket, a cup of tea, and Mr. Darcy. Nothing cures cabin fever like the BBC Pride and Prejudice!

  3. Cana Morningstar says:

    when our boys and ourselves have cabin fever we close all the bedroom doors and have a family game of Soccer in the Hallway!!! and top it off with some hot chocolate!!!

  4. Unfortunately the image is not displaying but I can imagine the taste… delicious :)

  5. Cabin fever?? I forget what that is….. maybe by this time tomorrow I will remember.

    I don’t stay inside much in the winter. I love XC skiing and winter hiking. That is, if the wind isn’t dangerous. But when I am stuck inside, I cozy up in flannel and wool, take out my knitting and brew tea. Sitting by the fire with that and the rest of the world can justly be ignored.

    In my hot chocolate, I actually like coffee. I mix them 50-50. Yum. Or simply plain. I’m pretty spartan that way.

  6. well, warm fuzzy alpaca socks, a ravensburger puzzle, music, wine, good bread (make it yourself if you have to), cheese, spiced nuts, husband is his fuzzy alpaca socks, and when they eyes hurt from the puzzle, sit in front of the fire together, music and hot chocolate with no marshmallows, dark, not too sweet and extra hot!

  7. Cabin Fever!!!! Um…I haven’t been out of the house since SUNDAY!!!! Had I known that I would be snowed in like this, I would have made a point to get out Monday! This morning though I did make pancakes for my sons and my sons friend. I never make them the same twice. This time I used the pancake mix, added honey, cinnamon, and some hot chocolate mix from williams sonoma! They were YUMMY! Just today I fixed my son a cup of cheapo out of the box hot chocolate, nothing special…and he told me it was the BEST hot chocolate he had ever had! I think it was because he had been out playing in the snow. ;o) Anyhoo…if I had the Godiva Hot cocoa mix I would use the frother on my coffee machine to make it extra fluffy then probably just top it off with some whipped cream, or add some vanilla…or cinnamon..or all 3!

  8. That sounds like one delicious hot chocolate and the scones are beckoning me. A perfect combo! Add a little peppermint schnapps and it would be a party!

  9. With the pregnancy cravings I could use all the scones and hot chocolate I can get my hands on!

  10. let’s see…when i have cabin fever, although i am rarely snowed in, i would probably snuggle under the down comforter and take the time to write blogs and search craigslist for cool vintage stuff. in the meantime, a dessert-ish hot drink is also necessary and so i would add steamed milk with a bit of foam to my encouraging hot chocolate!

  11. I love scones but I have been too intimidated to attempt making them myself. While I generally do a fair job with cooking up top, baking continues to elude my skills.

    I love the tip about blending hot cocoa!! Now that, I can do.

  12. I like to add some fresh mint leaves to my hot chocolate. Reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

  13. LoveFeast Table says:

    The GiftAway is now closed!! Thanks for your comments! We will announce our winner in the next couple days!!

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