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We used cranberries instead of currants in these traditional, crumbly British scones for an irresistible winter treat. Try them for breakfast or with afternoon tea.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2003
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  • norcaljah
    11 NOV, 2017
    I have made these scones a few times and I love them, as does everyone in my family. They are not too sweet, which we like. I also have made them with milk instead of half and half (which I don't typically have on hand) and they are just great!
  • kaseywins
    19 NOV, 2016
    I made this recipe with fresh Wisconsin cranberries since it's cranberry season around here. They turned out well but I used all whole wheat flour, which made them a bit dense. I think they'd be really tasty with a coarse sugar sprinkled on top! Enjoyed best alongside a hot cup of tea.
  • CapeMayCook
    14 JAN, 2015
    I made it as directed except used a food processor to blend everything but the cranberries. I used dried cranberries plus a half cup of pecan pieces. The basic recipe made good scones and I liked the texture a lot, but they were a little bland. Next time I would add cinnamon and/or nutmeg, as well as some grated orange zest to brighten the flavor. Using sanding sugar on top instead of regular would also be an improvement.
  • sundevilpeg1
    27 JAN, 2014
    I fiddled with the recipe a little bit - I used dried cranberries and some toasted walnuts, added a scant tsp of Martha's pumpkin pie spice blend (it's on the site), and used 1/3 C orange juice and 1/3 C light cream +1/2 tsp vanilla for the liquid. If you have a processor, put the flour, spices (if using) baking powder, sugar, & salt in it, and pulse to mix, then add the cold butter chunks, and pulse, then use a mixer to mix the ingredients briefly. Makes a more tender & almost flaky scone!
  • Bonnie Bouwer
    12 APR, 2013
    You can substitute the half&half with yoghurt and get fluffier scones.
  • rhphx
    3 APR, 2013
    Can dough be made ahead of time and refrigerated and then baked?????
  • BeveLei
    12 MAR, 2013
    I live in Volcano, Hawaii on the Big Island and don't have access to fresh cranberries. What we do have is Ohelo berries which is a variety of marianberries. It grows on a low bush in the high elevation (above 3000'). Nice flavor and now my signature. This is the best scone recipe I've tried!!
  • bfwill
    16 JAN, 2013
    I have made this recipe many times. So I can make them in the summer I buy fresh cranberries in season and put them in the freezer so I can pull them out when I want them. The cranberries will last till the fresh ones come in the fall. This was the first scone recipe I made. Greaaaat.
  • jbbaker
    3 NOV, 2012
    I used dried cranberries like others did and it was delicious. My house mates loved it! =)
  • lovinsweets
    16 JUL, 2012
    Tried this recipe after my favorite Irish bakery closed its doors upon retirement. Oh, sooo good. They were even a little moister than my previous favorite bakery's. I used butter/milk, dried cranberries, and added a tbsp. of Miracle Whip to the batter for a little extra tang. After brushing the tops with butter/milk, I lightly dusted them with white sparkling sugar sprinkles. This added a little glitter, as well as giving your mouth that first delicious sweet bite. Got rave reviews.

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