Christmas Scones: These tender easy to make scones feature warm spices, dried fruit and nuts. Making them ideal for wintertime, especially Christmas morning. Add a cranberry drizzle and you have perfection.
What is the Secret to a Good Scone?
What Makes this Scone so Perfect for Christmas?
How to Make the Perfect Scone
GRATE THE BUTTER: Doing this allows you to incorporated it into the dough quicker, without it melting in your hands. The large side of a box grater is perfect. A food processor works great for this too.
COLD BUTTER: The colder your butter, the more flaky and light the scones will turn out. Once grated, place it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
DON’T OVER WORK THE DOUGH: Light and tender scones comes from not overworking the dough and not melting the butter in. The traditional method (and the one I grew up watching my mom do) is to use a knife to cut the butter into the dough. The warmth from your hands will melt the butter before they make it to the oven. So, no kneading, just make sure the ingredients are combined.
DON’T OVER BAKE: Bake them until just starting to turn golden.
How to Make Christmas Scones in Advance
REFRIGERATOR: Make the dough ahead and store overnight in the refrigerator or for up to 1 month in the freezer. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake right before you want them. If you bake them ahead of time, leave off the drizzle. Reheat in the oven until slightly warm and then add the drizzle.
FREEZER: Again, they are best fresh but you can make them and freeze them without the drizzle. Store in a freezer safe container up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven WITHOUT THE DRIZZLE. Add the drizzle when ready to serve.
HOW TO MAKE MINI CHRISTMAS SCONES
FOR MINI SCONES: Make two disks, cut into 8 wedges and bake 17 minutes. Makes 16 Mini Scones.
WHAT IS TURBINADO SUGAR AND WHY SHOULD I USE IT?
TURBINADO SUGAR is a partially refined sugar that retains some of the original molasses, giving it a subtle caramel flavor.
WHY USE THE SUGAR: Because the granules are a lot larger then refined sugar, a sprinkling of turbinado sugar will add a nice crunch to the top of the scones.
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