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The In-Between | Cranberry Egg Nog Scones

December 27, 2011


How goes it boys and girls? Did you have a magical Christmas? Did you eat way too much and drink to your heart’s content? Did you get way too little shut-eye over the past few days? Are you totally bummed about going back to work tomorrow? I sure did, and I sure am. Alas, the party must go on.

And there will be another party in, oh…about 4 days. So let’s take a moment to relax and recuperate, shall we?

Yesterday, I took a day for myself. I allowed myself to be a sloth-like couch potato. I didn’t shower. I wore my comfy clothes. I ate dessert for dinner, and dinner for dessert. I watched a Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives marathon. Which just made me crave poutine and cinnamon-bun french toast, by the way. I probably lost a few brain cells, but they’ll grow back…right?

But the craziest part? I felt badΒ about it. I felt guilty for being a couch potato when I should have been cleaning, working out, organizing that dang room, and the list goes on. Sometimes we can be so hard on ourselves. But the reality is, there will always be something that needs doing, and unless we press the pause button every so often, we will miss out on opportunities for rest, relaxation, and being kind to ourselves.

This morning, I woke up after a refreshing 8-hour sleep, I went to a hot yoga class, and then I let the rest of my day carry me where it wanted. I put the to-do list away. And clearly the day wanted me to exercise my baking muscle because these scones were born. I had a bag of fresh cranberries in my fridge that I threw into my basket on a whim last week, mostly because they were ridiculously cheap. I also had a carton of egg nog hangin’ out in there. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of egg nog. I like to have a token Egg Nog and Rum (or two) each Christmas, but that’s about all I can handle. Which leaves me with a little too much egg nog on my hands. However, after making a batch of these scones, it might not be enough.

Cranberry and Egg Nog Scones

I love how these scones turned out. They were incredibly light, and honestly, if you weren’t told that there was egg nog in them, you might not be able to guess that it was in there at all. The next time I make these (and there will be a next time), I will add in the zest of an orange – I think it would compliment the flavors so well.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup oats

1/3 cup + 2 TBSP. organic cane sugar

1 TBSP. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 1/4 cups fresh cranberries, roughly chopped

1/3 cup butter, cold and cut into small cubes

3/4-1 cup egg nog

1 egg white + 1 tsp. water, whisked

Extra sugar for sprinkling on top of scones

Preheat the oven to 400Β°F. Mix the flour, oats, sugar (reserving the 2 TBSP.), baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Cut the cold butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender (or two knives) until the mixture resembles coarse meal. In a separate bowl, combine the cranberries and the 2 TBSP. sugar and toss to coat. Add in to the flour mixture. Slowly add the egg nog to the flour mixture, using only enough to bring it all together. On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a rectangle, about 3/4 inches thick. Cut into 8 pieces, and place them on a parchment or Silpat-lined baking sheet. Brush them with the egg white/water mixture, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until lightly browned. Enjoy immediately!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2011 11:20 pm

    Hi there sweet lady πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the nice comment on my site! I’m glad I found you too! πŸ™‚

  2. December 28, 2011 12:29 am

    So true. I’ve been pushing myself to relax (if that makes sense). Luckily, I’ve been able to stay up late and sleep in. My family is in the middle of moving, so there isn’t a whole lot of rest and relaxation going on during the day. Lots of moving and unpacking boxes. Oh well, at least we are spending time together!

  3. December 29, 2011 10:00 am

    I’m not huge on egg nog as well but these, just based on how light and delicious they look, I’ll probably eat half the batch myself.

    By the way, if these come out of your oven on a lazy day, I can’t imagine what other amazing things you bake on a normal day!

  4. December 29, 2011 12:26 pm

    How did you know I had leftover cranberries and eggnog? And that I love scones? Awesome!

  5. December 29, 2011 9:29 pm

    Oh my, oh my, scones!! This makes me think of my big sister; she makes a mean cranberry scone and I am looking at your post wishing I could put her on a plane to come out and see me! And make these scones!

  6. December 30, 2011 2:00 pm

    Looks like a good combo- I might add an eggnoggy glaze to drizzle on top too! Happy New Year!

  7. December 30, 2011 7:18 pm

    Gorgeous! I’d like one right now, please. I love Lori’s idea of an egg nog drizzle, that sounds heavenly! Your day of relaxation sounds perfect, but I totally know what you mean, I often feel guilty about doing that. But it’s so important to slow down and just do nothing. You deserve it!

  8. December 31, 2011 4:14 pm

    These look too good…I might have to take up hot yoga, too, to justify them. Happy New Year πŸ™‚

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