I wanted to make a epic Valentine treat for my husband and not feel bad about feeding it to him. So my search began. He’s not a big fan of chocolate, but I am and this is for him not me.
Orange and cranberry is one of his favorite flavor combos, I used to make him orange cranberry bread, pancakes, and anything else I could think of. I decided on scones, not too sweet, but pastry-like. It seems a lot of different people make scones, cranberry, orange, lemon, blueberry, but with my days of searching I didn’t find a cranberry orange one. That makes me happy because I made an epic cranberry orange scone that two of my poor friends had to be tortured with by trying it. Friend two said I had the texture down perfect and you would think it was a regular SAD (Standard American Diet) scone. The recipe will follow the pictures. If you don’t use dairy you could sub the Ghee for coconut oil in the glaze and it would turn out just as good.
Pre-heat oven to 350
Ingredients for scones
2 cups almond flour/meal (skinless/blanched)
1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup Arrowroot flour
1 farm fresh egg brought to room temperature
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 TBS Grade “B” maple syrup
zest from 1 orange
3/4 cup dried cranberries
Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside
In medium bowl add egg, maple syrup, melted coconut oil (make sure it’s not hot), mix with hand mixer until well blended. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. Mixture will be very wet and sticky, add orange zest mix well, add cranberries and mix well. Add an additional 2 TBS of Arrowroot flour to help dry batter out and make it less sticky so you can handle it easier. Form your batter into a ball and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, flatten slightly. You want to cut your flattened ball into eight pieces, I used coconut oil spray on my knife to help the knife slide through the batter better. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until just turning golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet with a cooling rack. While your scones are cooling make the orange honey glaze. Don’t eat a warm scone, even though you will be tempted by the orange cranberry smell. (full disclosure, I ate one)
Ingredients for the glaze
4 tsp Ghee melted
4 tsp raw honey
zest from 1/2 orange
Mix honey, and ghee together very well. Add orange zest and mix well. I heated mine a little to help the flavors marry. Let the glaze cool until it gets a little thick, drizzle 1 tsp over each scone, then add a little more to each scone. If you don’t do dairy you may substitute coconut oil for the ghee. If you don’t have ghee and do dairy use unsalted grass fed butter. You can also sub honey for the maple syrup. If you make these, please leave me a comment and let me know how they turned out for you. Please notate if you tried any other fruits or zest like lime or lemon.