Can you believe it? Christmas is almost here again! Yet another year has whizzed by and before I can catch my breath, it’s the first week of November already. Malls are starting to get decked out in bright lights and tinsel while back at home we’re busy making plans for Christmas. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas. Maybe it’s because I’m rehearsing for my church’s Christmas musical, or maybe because I’m planning the Christmas service, or maybe because I’ve been baking too many of these scones. When we think of Christmas food, we usually think of turkey and stuffing and ham. No one, I dare say, thinks of scones. But these cranberry white chocolate scones always make me think of Christmas.
Perhaps it’s the red and white colours studded in the golden scone that reminds me of the most wonderful time of the year. I always say to myself ‘what a great breakfast treat for Christmas they’ll make!’ But I’ve never made them on Christmas cos there are just too many other things to do and prepare for the Christmas feast. So… why wait till Christmas? I’ve been making these scones a lot because they take so little time and virtually no prep work. I can wake up and decide I’m going to make scones now and appear from my kitchen half an hour later with a batch of these freshly baked puppies. Unlike cookies or cakes where the butter needs to be soft and at room temperature, scones require no such prior planning as the butter is best stone-cold. The whole process of putting the batter together and baking takes only 30 minutes, but the results are so amazing no one will guess you made them half-awake. If that still doesn’t convince you to try this recipe yourself, here’s one more reason why. I’ve always kept this recipe as a secret so that one day if I ever go into business and open a cafe or bakery, this will be on my menu. But in the spirit of caring and sharing at Christmas, I decided to share this awesome recipe with you and even throw in a video. Watch it to see for yourselves how easy it is and pick up a tip or two to ensure success.
Cranberry White Chocolate Scones Yields: 8 scones 2 cups (240g) plain flour ¼ cup (60g) fine sugar 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt ½ cup (120g) cold unsalted butter 2/3 – 3/4 cup buttermilk 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ cup dried cranberries ½ cup white chocolate chips/chunks Egg wash: 1 egg, beaten 1. Make buttermilk: 15 ml lemon juice + enough milk to make 1 cup. Let sit for 10-15 minutes 2. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside. 3. Cut and rub cold unsalted butter into the sifted ingredients until mixture resembles bread crumbs. 4. Add dried cranberries and chocolate chips into mixture. 5. Add vanilla and enough buttermilk for all the dry ingredients to come together into a dough. 6. Portion onto parchment lined baking tray and brush tops of dough with egg wash. 7. Bake at 400F / 200C for 12-15 minutes until the tops are golden-brown. 8. Remove from oven, cool slightly and enjoy warm!