Serve up these homemade Iced Cranberry & Orange Swirl Scones for the perfect breakfast treat. The fruity tartness of the cranberries & orange zest is balanced perfectly by the sweetness of the icing. This is the third version of this recipe I’ve done. The first was my recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Scones followed by my Iced Raspberry Scones. Both were a big hit and I love thinking up new ways to fill these flaky, buttery scones.
I created these for Christmas. I love the combination of orange & cranberries around the holidays, but I wasn’t well and never got a chance to post them. That said, they are so good I think they’re great all year round.
These scones are fantastic freshly baked and warm or served the next day (although I have to say I had them warm and thought they were amazing).
They are light, flaky and so good that you will make them again and again! I know they may look complicated to make, but making scones isn’t hard and I think they can be made without much effort. If you look at the photos of the two varieties I have already done, you’ll see they don’t always turn out perfectly shaped, but I can say that they always taste amazing!
The dough is really uncomplicated. The key is to cut the butter into dry ingredients until it looks similar bread crumbs.
After that, you really just mix in the other ingredients with a wooden spoon – simple! After that, you roll out the dough, spread over the filling, roll it up like a cinnamon roll, and cut them out. The filling is just raspberries sprinkled with sugar – really, it doesn’t get much more straightforward than that!
For the filling I used, fresh cranberries, orange zest & cranberry jam you can get it here on Amazon.com. (As an Amazon Associate, a small commission is made from qualifying purchases). If you can’t find cranberry jam, the jarred cranberry sauce (the kind that’s more like a jam; not the canned kind that’s like jello-o) will work too.
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Let's Make Iced Cranberry and Orange Swirl Scones
For the scones:
- 3 cups all-purpose/plain flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cold butter cut into small pieces
- 1 cup whipping cream plus extra for brushing
- 2 large eggs
For the filling:
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries
- the zest of 1/2 an orange
- ½ cup cranberry jam/jelly or in the UK jarred cranberry sauce see post for link to buy
For the glaze:
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- the zest of 1/2 orange
- 3 to 5 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar baking powder, and salt.
- Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse bread crumbs.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together, the cream, milk, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in the wet ingredients until combined. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. If the mixture seems too dry add more cream/milk until the dough comes together
- Scoop the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and with floured hands, knead until smooth and free of cracks, about 25 to 30 times. Roll the dough out into a rectangle about 10-x-14-inches.
- Spread the cranberries, zest and cranberry jam (as pictured) evenly across the dough.
- Roll the dough up tightly from the 10-inch side.
- Slice the dough into 12 rounds and place them on a parchment-lined cookie tray.
- Brush the tops of the scones with milk.
- Bake the scones for about 20 minutes until lightly browned. Allow the scones to cool for at least 10 minutes before adding the glaze.
- For the glaze:
- In a mixing bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons of the juice, the melted butter and powdered sugar.
- Add in more juice as needed 1 teaspoon at a time until it is the desired consistency.
- Once the scones have cooled ten minutes, drizzle with the glaze and serve.