Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day!

We love a reason to celebrate in this family, and Irish or not, we join right in! I didn't get a picture with Jared in it, but rest assured, he was definitely clad in green attire for the big day!

Unfortunately, there was no green beer this year, but we did have Cranberry-Orange Scones! I'm nothing if not festive!

Cranberry-Orange Scones (adapted from a recipe on www.tablespoon.com)
3 cups Bisquick mix
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 Tblspn cold butter
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup milk
1 Tblspn melted butter

Combine bisquick and sugar, and using a pastry knife or two forks, cut in the cold butter. The mixture should be combined and crumbly, like course meal.

Put cranberries in a separate bowl with 1 tablespoon of water, and cover with plastic wrap. Cook in the microwave for about a minute until the majority of the water is absorbed.

Add cranberries, walnuts, orange extract and milk to the bisquick mixture. Gently stir until the liquid is combined. Dump out onto a clean, dry surface--don't worry it should look like a big mess. LOOSELY knead/pat the mixture together into a circle about 1/2 an inch thick. The looser the mixture, the better the result so don't be overzealous. Cut into 8 even triangles, and transfer to a baking sheet. (I used parchment on the baking sheet, but you could just as easily spray it with Pam.)

Brush the triangles with the melted butter, and bake at 425 for 13-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

At this point they are basically ready, BUT it was so much better when I added a little drizzle of icing!

1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup powdered sugar (more if you want it to be thick)

Drizzle on top of the scones and enjoy!

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