Cranberry Apple Scones

November 12, 2012 | 4 Comments

Cranberry Apple Scone

Today is my birthday. I feel loved everyday, but today I feel extremely loved. We recently got a piano, because Dominic has always wanted to learn to play, and we would love our girls to learn to play. We would love to have our wonderful friend, and local piano teacher named Val Blaha teach our girls, when they are ready.  Val was so kind to us, and took time out of her busy schedule one day to take a look at our piano, and give us her opinion, before we purchased it. We had it delivered that day.  Dominic absolutely loves it, and has been learning how to play it ever since.

Cranberries and Apple

This morning, As I was lying in bed, I heard Happy Birthday being played on our piano. My heart filled with happiness that Dominic had taught himself how to play happy birthday, and surprised me with it. This is the beginning of a lovely birthday tradition. My dear friend Dara in California writes an amazing blog called Coffee and Lilacs. Her most recent post is about traditions. Reading her post reminded me that traditions are created everyday through loving actions and behaviors. I am a member of a Simplicity Parenting group, and we talk frequently about creating traditions. As parents, we long for our children to grow up with fond memories of their childhood, holidays, and a happy home.

Cranberry Apple Scone

As I bake these scones It dawned on me that my baking is creating comforting sensory memories for my girls. Yesterday Marjie came up to me and asked me if she could please have some crisp. I told her we did not have any. She said, “but mama, I smell it”. I was baking my Apple Cinnamon Granola, which smells a lot like apple crisp. I smiled and told her I was baking her and Georgia a special snack for later.  Enjoy these scones with some butter and your favorite jam, and create some comforting sensory memories for your family.

This recipe was adapted from Once Upon a Tart, Spiced Pumpkin Scones with Fresh Cranberries.

Cranberry Apple Scones
Recipe type: Breakfast,Dessert
Author: Jillian
Serves: 12
  • 4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup beet sugar(you can also use cane sugar)
  • 1/2 pound plus 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut in cubes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups apples peeled and chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place dry ingredients in food processor
  3. Pulse to combine
  4. Add butter
  5. Pulse til there are no chunks of butter left, do not overwork dough
  6. Remove blade
  7. Dump mixture into large bowl
  8. In another large bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk,vanilla extract, and applesauce, until combined
  9. Stir chopped cranberries and apples into wet mixture
  10. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture
  11. Use wooden spoon or dough spoon to fold we into dry until just combined
  12. Do not overwork dough
  13. Use a 1/2 cup measuring spoon to scoop the dough
  14. Place half cup rustic scoops 2 inches apart on lined sheet tray
  15. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and toothpick clean
  16. Let cool for 5 minutes on sheet tray, then remove scones to eat
  17. Enjoy these right out of the oven with a spread of butter and your favorite jam

4 Responses so far.

  1. Dara Weyna says:

    That brought tears to my eyes to hear that Dom learned how to play Happy Birthday to you on the piano!! I love your traditions and all the wonderful ways in which you nourish your family. XOXO

  2. Krista says:

    That is so sweet. I’m so glad you had a great birthday. What a wonderful new tradition your family has.

    • Jillian says:

      Hi Krista, Thank you so much for your birthday wishes. It is a sweet, wonderful new tradition that Dominic has created. Sounds like you have some lovely traditions in your family too. Thank you for reading my blog and taking time to post a comment.

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