Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Scones for #TwelveLoaves ~ Holiday Breads

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Scone Recipe

For me, when I think of the holidays I think of red and green. So when the December #TwelveLoaves assignment of Holiday Bread was handed down, naturally I wanted to incorporate the colors I associate the most with the holidays.

I decided to use the flavors and festive colors of cranberry, pistachio and another holiday favorite of mine that conjures up the aromas of Christmas in my mind...oranges. 

These Cranberry Orange Pistachio Scones are incredibly light in texture but amazingly huge in flavor. Pair one off with a lovely holiday cup of tea or a piping hot cup of coffee and you have a much deserved holiday break that everyone craves this time of year. Relax. The shopping, house cleaning, present wrapping and party planning will still be there when you get back :)

Yield: 10 large scones     Prep Time: 15 minutes      Bake Time: 25 minutes

1 cup fresh, whole cranberries
1 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons orange zest (from about 3 oranges, divided)
4 cups flour
1 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 teaspoons
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

-In a food processor, pulse the whole cranberries, pistachios and 2 teaspoons sugar until roughly chopped. Set aside.
-In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, baking soda and 2 tablespoons orange zest. Set aside.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar and the salt.
-Using a pastry blender (or two forks) cut the butter into the flour mixture until the dough forms coarse crumbles. Stir in the vanilla extract and the cranberry pistachio mixture. *Note - The dough will still be quite crumbly.
-Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly until the dough just comes together.
-Form the dough into a large circle (about 10-12" in diameter) and about 3/4" thick.
-Cut into 8 wedges and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
-Bake the scones for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the bottoms are light golden brown.
-Cool completely.
-Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, orange juice and 1 tablespoon orange zest.
-One the scones are completely cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top of each scone.
-Relax and enjoy with a nice cup of tea or coffee!

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Scone Recipe

And now for that nice cup of tea...Woof :)

Boston Terrier Christmas coffee mug
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For all the other mouthwatering Holiday Breads from the talented #TwelveLoaves bakers, check out their recipes and links listed below:


  • Cinnamon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake by Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake


  • Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Dionne at Try Anything Once Culinary


  • Cranberry Orange Scones by Renee at Kudos Kitchen by Renee


  • Crunchy Almond Holiday Bread by Paula at Vintage Kitchen Notes


  • Holiday Breakfast Wreath by Lora at Cake Duchess


  • Mini Toffee Banana Bread with Caramel Sauce by Holly at A Baker's House


  • Nut Brittle Topped Holiday Bread by Deepti at Baking Yummies


  • Pandoro by Karen at Karen's Kitchen Stories


  • Stollen by Renee at Magnolia Days

  • Until we bake again,


    1. Paula @ Vintage KitchenDecember 3, 2013 at 6:15 AM

      Oh wow, pistachios in a scone! I might just take the whole tray home Renee. Gorgeous baking for the holiday season! Thanks for baking along this month!

    2. The last couple weekends have been filled with cranberry scones. My daughter adores them! I love your addition of pistachios! Thank you for baking along with us, Renee!

    3. Those look gorgeous. You should have made a display on the tray like a Christmas tree - ho ho ho!

    4. Such festive scones for the season. The pistachio and cranberry color (and flavor) combo is just wonderful. The bit of citrus from the orange must really brighten these up too.

    5. Your scones look spectacular, Renee! Perfect for the holidays!

    6. Wish I would have thought of that Jenny! Cute idea :)

    7. Thank you Alice. Glad you appreciate all the photos. I enjoy taking them too :)

    8. My pleasure, Paula. I've been enjoying my participation with the #TwelveLoaves group. Everyone is so friendly and helpful!

    9. Thank you Lora! Thank you for the great fun and for starting this group!

    10. Thank you Renee. I actually stuck them in the freezer and am giving most of them to a friend for her birthday in a couple of days. I thought they would make a fun and tasty gift.

    11. Thank you so much, Liz! Coming from you that means a lot!

    12. I love every ingredient in these scones. Just lovely!

    13. Aww, what a cute coffee mug and what a wonderful recipe for holiday scones!


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