These slightly sweet goodies will totally make your morning, afternoon, or night! Is there really a bad time to have one for gosh sakes??? I love this original recipe as is but you can customize it to whatever you like. Try it with dried cherries and chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins and cinnamon (add 1 teaspoon to the dry mixture) or coconut and pecans…the possibilities are endless!
I topped them with large sugar granules. You can find them at Michael’s Craft store.
Whole Grain Cranberry Scones
2 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2″ cubes (if using salted butter omit the salt in the recipe)
1/2 cup oatmeal, old fashioned or quick cooking
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 cup craisins
1 1/4 cups buttermilk (you can substitute the milk with a couple of teaspoons of cider or white vinegar)
1 tablespoon orange or lemon zest
2 tablespoons milk
1-2 tablespoons large sugar granules (regular sugar is fine too)
1) Preheat the oven to 375′. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2) In a large mixing bowl add the flour through the salt. Add the cold butter cubes and work into the flour with a pastry blender or your fingers. You can also do this in a food processor. Process until there are no large lumps and the flour resembles cornmeal.
3) Add the oatmeal, wheat germ and craisins and mix to combine. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk and orange zest. Stir until just combined. It’s OK if it’s a bit sticky. Flour the counter top and plop the dough onto the counter. With floured hands, knead 2-3 times into a smooth ball of dough. Add a little flour if necessary. Roll out to about 3/4″. Cut with a round biscuit cutter and place on parchment paper on the cookie sheet.
4) Using a pastry brush, coat the scone tops with milk and sprinkle them generously with sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. They are best the day you make them. Makes about twenty 3″ scones.