Scones with Cranberry Strawberry Jam

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Scone with Cranberry Strawberry JamAfter last week’s marathon recipe, Scones with Cranberry Strawberry Jam is a walk in the park. The scones are easily made and the jam requires no canning if kept in the refrigerator or freezer.  The combination of the cranberries and strawberries makes a sweet-tart topping for the scones, toast, biscuits, or pancakes and waffles. A jar of the jam makes a perfect hostess gift.

These scones are endlessly variable.   They are light, moist and very buttery tasting despite the fact they have only three tablespoons of butter. Of course, the liquid used is heavy cream.

The scones should be served close to baking for the best experience. But they are certainly good any time of the day, even the next day. Since they can be frozen, either baked or unbaked, warm scones can be had any time of the day. This is a wonderful breakfast with friends or part of a brunch.  They can be made larger or smaller as desired.

With the butter and cream in these, I would skip the clotted cream but definitely serve them with my Cranberry Strawberry Jam for a special treat.

Cranberry Strawberry JamJam ingredients for Scones with Cranberry Strawberry Jam
12 ounces cranberries, fresh or frozen (340 grams)
1 pound strawberries (454 grams)
1/3 cup water
3 1/2 cups sugar (700 grams or 24 1/2 ounces)

Wash and dry the jars and lids for the jam.  Assemble them along with a ladle and a canning funnel if you have them.  If you don’t just ladle straight into the jars.  It is just a lot easier with the funnel.Jam equipment for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry Jam

Pick over the cranberries and remove any that are not ripe. Set aside.Cranberries picked over for Scones with Cranberry Strawberry Jam

Hull the strawberries and quarter them if large. Combine the cranberries, strawberries and water in a heavy pot. Cranberries and Strawberries in pot for the Scones with Cranberry Strawberry JamHeat until they start to juice, stirring frequently. Fruit boiling for Scones with Cranberry Strawberry JamAdd the sugar. Sugar added for jam in Scones with Cranberry Strawberry JaBring to a rolling boil; boil 10 minutes stirring frequently. Jam boiling for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry Jam

Skim off any foam.Skinming foam for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry JamFinished jam for Scones with Cranberry Strawberry JamLadle into jars within 1/4 inch of the top.  Ladeling jam into jars for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry JamPlace the lids on.

Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator for several months or freeze for longer storage.Jars of jam for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry Jam

Yield: 5 -1/2 pint jars.

SconesScone ingredients for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry Jam2 cups cake flour (250 grams or 8 3/4 ounces)
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar (50 grams or 1 3/4 ounces)
3 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into small pieces (45 grams or about 1 1/2 ounces)
1 cup + 1 tablespoon 40% or heavy cream
1 tablespoon cream
Sanding sugar, optional

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Combine the cake flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in the bowl of a mixer fit with the paddle attachment. Mix briefly to combine.

Add the cold, cut up butter and mix to cut the butter in. However, do not overmix, you want some pea-size pieces.Butter added to flour for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry Jam

Add the cream and Cream added to scones for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry Jammix on low just to bring it together. Stop halfway through and rearrange the dough in the bowl to mix completely.Finished scone dough for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry Jam

Remove from the mixer. Knead several times to make a smooth ball. Dough shaped into a round for Scones with Cranberry Strawberry JamOn a floured surface, press the dough into an 8″ round.   You can roll the dough out or, as I do, simply place a round pan of about the same size on top of the dough and press evenly down.  The dough will be about 1″ thick. Flattening dough for scones for the Scones with Cranberry Strawberry Jam

Flattening dough for scones for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry JamCut into 7 to 8 pie shaped pieces.  Th easiest way is to cut the round into quarters, then cut each piece into two.  Cutting into fourths for Scones and Cranberry and Strawberry JamPlace on the prepared pan.Tray of eight scones for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry Jam

Brush with additional cream and Brushing with cream for Scones with Cranberry Strawberry Jamsprinkle with sanding sugar if using.Sprinkling scone with sugar for Scones with cRanberry and Strawberry Jam

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until just browning.Baked scones for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry Jam

Scones are best eaten the day they are made.

Alternately they can be frozen baked or unbaked as desired. If baked, bring to room temperature and warm slightly to serve. If they are unbaked, place on a baking sheet and add about 5 minutes to the baking time.Scone for Scones with Cranberry and Strawberry Jam

Scone Variations  – These are a few of my favorites, what are yours?

Blueberry Scones – Add 3/4 cup frozen blueberries to the dough with the cream.

Lemon Scones – Add the rind of 1 large lemon. Squeeze the juice from the lemon. Measure 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar and add just enough lemon juice so it will drizzle off a spoon on top of the baked scones.

Blueberry Lemon – Combine the above.

Cinnamon Scones –  Add 2 teaspoons cinnamon to the dry ingredients and mix as called for.

Raisin Scones – Add 1/2 cup raisins that have been soaked in hot water for about 20 minutes. Drain well and pat dry between paper towels. Add with the cream.

Dried Fruit Scones – Add about 3/4 cup diced apricots, cherries, ginger or any combination of dried fruit when adding the cream.

 

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8 thoughts on “Scones with Cranberry Strawberry Jam

  1. Sallye Porter

    Hi, I saw this recipe and thought it would be ideal for my grandsons who don’t like cake. I gathered all the ingredients and read the instructions twice. I started by putting the dry ingredients in the mixer and with accurate measurements of the half and half, I added it to the dry ingredients with the butter and the first thing I noticed was that it was to wet, resembling cake batter. Can you please explain where I could have gone wrong especially seeing that there weren’t that many ingredients to begin with. Thank You. Sallye

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Sallye – From your description you did not cut the butter into the flour. The butter should have been added to the flour and then mixed until it was cut into various size pieces from small up to pea size. That would make a difference. The other problem I can see is that the recipe calls for 40% or heavy cream as it is known. It is much thicker than half and half. The more liquid half and half made the batter soupy. I hope this helps.

      1. Sallye Porter

        Thank you for your reply. Forgot to mention that I did cut the butter in and it was when I added the half and half that the batter was to loose. I will try the recipe again and use heavy cream. I am not familiar with the term 40%, thought it could have meant half and half, learn something new everyday. Thank you Sallye

      2. Sallye Porter

        Hi , this is Sallye. I again tried the recipe and this time I used the Heavy cream as per the recipe and it made a difference, but this time I added the liquid slowly until the batter was the consistency of the photo, but it was less than stated by approximately 3 Tbsp. The scones turned out good and one of my grandsons enjoyed them where as the other one still prefers Sour Dough baguettes. Thank you for your help, and thank you John for your input. Sallye

        1. hfletcher Post author

          Hi Sallye – happy to hear it worked better for you this time. Your grandsons have interesting and diversified tastes which will keep you busy in the future. I find it interesting that children are born of the same parents, live in the same home and are so completely different. I have two grandsons and they couldn’t be more different.

  2. John E Martin-Rutherford

    H, I loved this entry! I am an old hand at scones, having learned the basics from my grandmother (who was married to my proudly Scottish grandfather). Since then I have relished my scone-making time and products and have expanded my repertoire to include savory as well as sweet scones and rarely make them exactly the same, although I do have some favorite combinations of ingredients. I have found that many recipes are too “precious” and, while the results are fine, they approach the line between scone and pastry a bit too aggressively. I prefer your instructions as they are close to Grandma’s, whose kitchen was smaller than my bathroom and had to accommodate my 6’4″ grandfather, two similarly sized sons and my 5’11” mother as well as her. Economy of movement was important. Also, since she was one of the best and most naturally talented cooks I have ever known, the products were of primary importance. As a curious and intrepid cook, she experimented a lot, which my grandfather and her children allowed her the latitude to do by eating anything and everything she created, while not holding back their opinions. This long description is my way of telling you why my scones change regularly, depending on what I have on hand and what the accompaniments might be, whether a lucscious fruit conserve or a rich stew. Nuts are another of my favorite additions as are citrus fruit zests. I have made a few batches of scones that were somewhat less than wonderful – OK, more than a few – but sometimes the results elicit raves, even from me. I will try your recipes – scone and jam – this weekend and, as usual with your instructions, will be the recipient of rave reviews. I thank you!!!
    John

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