Fresh Cranberry Lime Scones

I've been wanting to make scones for a while now.  They are a comfort food for me and remind me of home.  Today was a good day for me to make this particular comfort food, as it is the anniversary of my brother's death.  It has been 17 years, and although it seems like a lifetime ago, it can also be very fresh at times.  As a twelve year old girl it was the hardest thing I had ever had to deal with, but now that I am a mother I can truly feel empathy for my what my parents went through.   So this recipe today is for them, to let them know that I'm thinking of them:)

Back in Wales, a scone (pronounced "Scon") is a little round affair served with a slather of butter, or a dollop of clotted cream and fresh jam.  They are not the dry, crumbly, triangle shaped mountains you see at certain coffee franchises and book stores.  These are the Americanized scones - which are good - but they are not your classic British scone.  I'll have to save "The Classic" for another day, because the scones I made today are very flashy and American:)

I've had a bag of fresh cranberries sitting in my fridge for a while, and I couldn't decide what to do with them.  I also had a couple of limes, resting quietly on the cranberries, minding their own business.  Little did they know that my brain was churning, and they were about to be zested and squeezed to within an inch of their life.  Poor little fellows.  This is how I decided to make Cranberry Lime Scones, filled with plump fresh cranberries and tart lime zest, then drizzled with a little lime glaze.  They are NOT dry, and they ARE delicious.

Fresh Cranberry Lime Scones
Prep: 15 min;  Cook: 15 min;  Servings: 10

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar (plus 3 tbsp additional for fresh cranberries)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
2 tbsp freshly gated lime zest (about 2-3 limes)
1 1/4 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 cup heavy cream

Lime Glaze:
2 limes, zested and juiced
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 400F, and grease a large baking sheet.  Zest the limes and set aside.  Coarsely chop the cranberries and place in a small bowl with 3 tbsp of sugar.  In a large bowl combine the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and salt.  Cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in the lime zest.  Stir the cranberries into the flour mixture.  Combine the egg, yolk and cream, then add to the flour mixture, stirring just until combined.

On a well-floured surface with floured hands, gently pat dough into a 1-inch-thick round (about 8 inches in diameter).  With a sharp knife cut the round into thirds one way, then make perpendicular slices the other direction to make  diamond shaped scones.  Depending on how you slice them, you should get about 10-11 scones.  Use your hands to gently shape any leftover scraps into scones. Do NOT roll dough out.  Place scones onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden.  Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

For Lime Glaze:  In a small bowl combine the lime juice, lime zest and enough powdered sugar to reach your desired consistency.  Drizzle glaze over warm scones and allow to cool.

Tips: When making scones, it is best to handle the dough as little as possible.  Stir just until the wet ingredients are incorporated into the dry.  Use your hands to pat the dough into a circle, don't roll the dough out.

(dough base adapted from Gourmet)


Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Such delectable scones, Amber. Thinking of you on the anniversary of your brother's heartbreaking~

Cheryl and Adam said...

Scones are always so delicious and comforting. These look amazing! Love the cranberry-lime combination.

Torviewtoronto said...

scones look beautiful lovley colours

Ang said...

Food is always a great way to express your thoughts and memories with someone. On another note, I'm thrilled in that I have never thought to put lime zest in scones before. Love this idea. Hope you have a blessed day full of great memories of your brother.

Tiffany said...

The crispness of the lime in these scones sounds amazing! And I hope you are taking care of yourself during what I imagine is a tough time.

Kim - Liv Life said...

Oh Amber!!! You have the perfect scone! I've been thinking of something lime in a scone for a while, but just haven't found the right way to do it. I think you hit a home run!
A lovely tribute to your brother... as a mother of two, I can not imagine surviving the death of one of my children. My thoughts go out to your parents and your family. You are all in our thoughts....

Kate @ said...

What a wonderful tribute to your brother... God Bless you and your family.

I am imagining a cup of tea and a few of those scones! They look fabulous...mouth watering... I'm going to dream about them later on.

Unknown said...

Sweatheart, what can I say? Your scone recipe is so beautiful! Your thoughts for us today have been a balm to our hearts. We are so proud of you! Love, Mom and Dad

Becky said...

I have a bag of cranberries in the freezer, and limes in the fridge, so I'll be making these scones soon. These scones are a wonderful tribute to your brother, and I'm sorry for your loss.

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

I really hope these lovely scones brought you and your parents comfort today. Sending big hugs your way...

Isabelle said...

Love the idea of honouring a loved one with a special dish, and these scones definitely fit the bill. I hope they helped soothe you through a difficult day.
Cranberry and lime sounds like a nice fresh combination. Might give these a whirl next time I'm craving scones.

Sarah-Jane - said...

really pretty with the cranberries peeking through :-)

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous scones! I live anything with cranberry in it. But I've never thought of lime! yum!

Mrs Mulford said...

Lovely looking scon, I mean scones but I am in trouble as I live on the Welsh border and I'm never pronouncing things right:-) Wishing you comfort in your rememberances as well.

Belinda @zomppa said...

A beautiful way to honor the memory of your beloved brother.

Anonymous said...

these look amazing. I love the shapes you can make. you are talented!

Monet said...

What a touching way to honor your brother...and the great loss that your family experienced. My heart goes out to you all. Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a great Friday. This was truly beautiful to read.

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Your scones look so inviting and I am looking forward to trying them. I know exactly what you mean when you talk about scon vs scone. An English scone was one of the first things that I learned how to make in my home ec class in high school (in Australia).

I am sorry for the loss of your brother. People say that life goes on, and it does, but that tear in your heart never completely heals. As a mother of four I cannot imagine going through this, and my thoughts go out to your parents too. I am sure that he would be so proud of the woman you have become.

Unknown said...

I have been wanting to make something baked for breakfast and haven't had a clue of what to do. This is perfect. Heading out for a while, but as soon as I return, I'll be in the kitchen making these.

I'm so glad the limes and cranberries got to know each other and that you had this inspiration!

Emily Malloy said...

This is FABULOUS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love british scones :) but yours look marvelous :)

The Witch said...

These look beautiful and I'm sure will be a real taste sensation. I'm going to be trying this real soon. I'm very impressed with your blog site, and this was a nice tribute to remember your brother today and everyday.

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Hester aka The Chef Doc said...

These scones are amazing. The lime zest is a totally different spin with cranberries, fresh ones, nonetheless. Congrats on the Top 9! Thinking of you and your family, my dear.

Becky said...

Congrats on the Top 9 today!

Celia said...

Thank you for sharing! I've been thinking of doing a memorial post for a friend, but haven't quite mustered the wherewithal. Your post is inspiring me though...

On a more up note - these scones look lovely. I've done cran-orange for years, and am totally excited to try cranberry-lime!

Anonymous said...

You have an absolutely lovely blog!
These scones look superb and sound delightful!


Hilary said...

Your blog is beautiful...and these look gorgeous and delicious!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

I'm sorry that you had to go through losing your brother. I can't even imagine. Sending you lots of hugs on the anniversary of your brother's death.
Your scones are just gorgeous. I love the combination of flavors; cranberry and lime. The lime glaze on top of the scones sounds incredible. :)

Melody said...

You're scones look lovely! I can't wait to try them. I'm so sorry for your loss with your brother. I lost my only brother almost 14 years ago. It is the worst thing I've experienced. I'm thankful for memories but will always miss him.

Magic of Spice said...

What a lovely flavor combination, they look delicious :)

grace said...

i'm so sorry you lost your brother at such a young age, but i'm glad you seem to have found the silver lining!
these scones look amazing--the glaze is the clincher!
meanwhile, i didn't realize you grew up in wales--do you have an accent? :)

Sydney Jones said...

This is an interesting combination, I am going to have to give it a try :) thanks so much for sharing this!

Leanne said...

These looks beautiful, and exactly like what I've been craving lately. Just like ones my mom used to make!

Holly said...

Lime makes everything better doesn't it!! These sound fabulous:)

Desi said...

You have some amazing food here! And your photos are gorg! I am a new follower :) Loving your blog!

Anonymous said...

would these be good with craisens instead of fresh cranberries..??

Anonymous said...

About how much lime juice should be used for the icing? I 'm in California and have a backyard lime tree, and my limes are huge compared to supermarket limes.

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