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Ann Hodgman’s Cranberry Scones

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Emmeline and I have been calling these “Pink Sparkle Princess Heart Scones” because she is 3, which means everything has to be pink-fancy-princess. But come on, what would you rather eat? Boring old cranberry scones or Pink Sparkle Princess Heart Scones? Emmie and I choose the latter.

We are having a stressful week at our house. Sure, there are people out there who have it much worse off than we do, but family life isn’t exactly a picnic when Hubby/Daddy is in grad school. He’s a genius, and he works very hard, but a couple of times a year it just wears everybody out. So we made scones.

Here’s the recipe. It’s from the excellent cookbook One Bite Won’t Kill You by Ann Hodgman. I hope she forgives me for posting her recipe on the web, but it’s all in the name of helping you, my dear readers, make stress-relieving Pink Sparkle Princess Heart Scones. Her cookbook is excellent, by the way.

2 cups sweetened dried cranberries (I only had one cup so I used a cup of cranberries and a cup of chocolate chips)
2 1/4 cups flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
8 Tbsp (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
sugar for rolling the scones

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet or cover with parchment paper.

Grind 1 cup of the dried cranberries in a food processor with the flour. This takes a while. Be patient, and wait for the cranberries to pulverize. You’ll notice your flour turning pink. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Process to combine.

Scatter slices of butter over the top of the flour mixture. Pulse until the butter has combined and the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Put mixture in a bowl. Add cream and vanilla. Stir with a fork, then add remaining 1 cup of cranberries (or chocolate chips). Knead until smooth.

Coat a surface with sugar. Gently press the dough until 3/4 inch thick. Cut out scones with a cookie cutter. In the Krebs house, we of course use a heart-shaped one because it’s the shape recommended by most fancy princesses. Put scones on cookie sheet sugar side up and bake for 20 minutes. Scones will be pale brown on the bottom but not on the top. Should be kind of moist and falling-apart crumbly.

So there you go. If you’re going to be stressed, at least have something yummy for breakfast. Now go forth and be relaxed!

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