Valentine Cranberry Orange Scones

Valentine Cranberry Orange Scones

The recipe for Valentine Cranberry Orange Scones was inspired by watching Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) make Cranberry and Orange Scones for her husband Jeffrey.  As they are a well known for their loving relationship, I thought that these would be ideal for Valentines Day. 

Cutting out heart shaped Cranberry Orange Scones

To make the Cranberry Orange Scones even more romantic, I cut some of the scones in heart shapes and sprinkled them with red and white sparkling sugar, but they will taste just as good as rounds and sprinkled with granulated or demerara sugar.

Recipe for heart shaped cranberry orange scones

In the end I didn’t use Ina Garten’s Cranberry Orange Scone recipe, as it was rather heavy on cream and sugar for my taste, especially as I was planning to fill them with jam and cream!  So I took the inspiration and used my usual fruit scone recipe with added orange zest and  dried cranberries to replace the raisins or sultanas.  

Cranberry Orange Jam

 Cranberry Orange Scones

Valentines Cranberry Orange Scones
Sweet scones packed with cranberries and orange zest and cut into heart shapes to celebrate Valentines Day, but delicious every day.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 500g self-rraising flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 100 g margarine or butter
  4. 75 g caster (superfine)sugar
  5. Zest of 1 small orange
  6. 100g dried cranberries
  7. 3 eggs
  8. milk
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 220C
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Put the flour and baking powder in a bowl, add the margarine or butter and chop it into the flour, then rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips, until it looks like breadcrumbs, add the caster sugar.
  4. Add the orange zest and dried cranberries
  5. Crack two eggs into a jug or other measure and beat with a fork.
  6. Gradually add this mixture to the flour bringing the liquid and flour together, adding the milk a little at a time until you have a soft dough.
  7. Pat the dough out to about 2cm (3/4 inch)
  8. Cut into heart shaps or rounds and place on the baking tray
  9. Break the third egg into a bowl and beat, then brush the tops of the scones with the egg
  10. Sprinkle with coloured sugar or granulated sugar
  11. Bake for about 10 - 12 minutes until the scones are pale golden brown.
  12. Remove from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  13. To assemble
  14. Take one cooled scone per person
  15. Split the scones in half
  16. Sprea jam on the base of the scones and place on the serving plate
  17. Top with a spoonful of whipped cream, clotted cream or creme fraiche
  18. Set aside 4 of the best strawberries (preferably quite small) for the top of the scone
Notes
  1. The number of scones will depend on the size of your cutters. You should get 6 large scones and 8 medium scones from this mix.
Adapted from Ina Garten
Adapted from Ina Garten
Farmersgirl Kitchen https://www.farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/

 Cranberry Orange Jam

To really take this luscious afternoon tea to another level, I thought that some ‘matching’ Cranberry Orange jam would be just the thing.  Cranberries make great jam, they are high in pectin so set really easily.  I had some jam sugar (with added pectin) in my larder but you really don’t need it, granulated cane sugar will work perfectly well. 

Cranberry Orange Jam Recipe

The wrinkle test – if the jam wrinkles after 5 minutes on a cold saucer in the fridge, it is set.

Cranberry Orange Jam 

Cranberry Orange Jam
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A simple Cranberry Jam with added orange zest, easy to make and delicious to spread on bread, toast, scones or pancakes.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 300 g frozen cranberries
  2. 300 g jam sugar
  3. Grated zest of small orange
  4. Juice of small orange
Instructions
  1. Put a saucer into the fridge to test for set later.
  2. Thoroughly wash a large jam jar and place in the oven on an oven tray, set the oven to 100C.
  3. Put all the ingredients in a medium sized pan.
  4. Heat gently until the sugar has all dissolved.
  5. Bring to the boil and keep at a rolling boil for 4 minutes (with jam sugar) or 8 minutes with granulated sugar.
  6. Take off the heat and place a teaspoonful of the jam onto the cold saucer, put it back in the fridge for 5 minutes, then push the jam with your finger. If it wrinkles the jam is ready. If not put the jam back on the heat and boil for another 2-3 minutes before testing again.
  7. Ladle into the jar and leave to cool for 10 minutes before putting on the lid.
  8. Leave the jam to cool completely before use.
Notes
  1. If you would like to use the jam more quickly, spoon some onto a plate and it will cool more quickly.
Farmersgirl Kitchen https://www.farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/
Valentine Cranberry Orange Scones with Cranberry Orange Jam

PIN FOR LATER

 I hope you will try making the Cranberry Orange Scones and the Cranberry Orange Jam, I’m sure Ina and Jeffrey would approve, I can just see them tucking into a romantic afternoon tea with heart shaped scones, cream and jam. 

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Recipes for Cranberry Orange Scones and Cranberry Orange Jam

 Happy Valentines Day

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Mimi
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These are almost too pretty to eat!!

Lucy
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I would love some of these on Valentines Day! We’ll have to share them with the kids though 😉

Dannii
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Dannii

I would be very happy if I woke up to these on Valentine’s Day morning. The cranberry jam sounds amazing too.

Choclette
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You’ve got to love a heart shaped scone, especially when it’s flavoured with orange and cranberry. How fabulous Janice. I don’t know much about Ina Garten which isn’t very good for my credentials!

Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
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Delicious, and I’ve actually got some cranberries in the freezer to make the jam too!

Stuart Vettese
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I love these Janice – haven’t made scones in so long as these look delicious.

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