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November 23, 2011

Cranberry Orange Scones

Pride & Prejudice Party
Cranberry Orange Scones

When I hosted my book club to discuss Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, I decided to research a few traditional early 19th century recipes to serve my group.

I have already shared the Cucumber Tea Sandwiches that I made.

Next up - Cranberry Orange Scones.

Scones were very popular in the time and are mentioned in a couple of Austen's novels.
I had never made scones and was hoping they would be easy.
Friends gave us a jar of Harry & David's Orange Cranberry marmalade as a hostess gift, so this recipe from was the perfect recipe to serve with the marmalade.
I modified the recipe quite a bit.  Here's what I did:

Dry ingredients are sifted together, and then butter (not margarine) is cut in until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in buttermilk and knead 8 times.

Divide dough in half and pat each half into an 8-inch circle on a floured surface.

Cut each circle into 8 wedges and cook at 400* for 16 minutes or until lightly browned.

Not bad for my first attempt!

These are so soft and delicious.

And great with the marmalade or by themselves.

I had leftover fresh cranberries, so I decorated a candle for the centerpiece.

Double click to print as a 5x7 recipe card.

Happy Eating!

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