Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Five Cheese and Cranberry Scones

A different twist on the classic cranberry scone, this recipe mixes the sweet cranberries with the salty, and more mild authentic Mexican cheeses to create a unique blend. 
Five Cheese and Cranberry Scones recipe from cherryteacakes.com
Second post of the year and can you believe I am already failing at condiments? There should be a flavored butter with these scones! I considered doing a jam...but really, when it came down to it these scones were already packed with flavor. Between Mexican cheeses and cranberries it was hard to come up with another flavor I felt like would be able to balance between the two. So.......I didn't.

Balance has been the word of the week. I have been going through all my work spaces and trying to create a bit more balance. I have no balance in my life. I'm not kidding. At all, So my friend says "I'm actually working right now because I'm bored not doing work." My response:
Oh, you mean how my “day off” has consisted of posting my work to 6 sites, baking scones, photographing them, making two types of ice cream, photographing them, editing them, tweaking recipes, reading 2 chapters in small businesses for dummies and beginning to write a business plan and build my own access database to track the cash flow of my projects. YEP. And that's a relaxing day off.
......yeah. You know what's sad? I really thought of it as a relaxing day! HA! I need help. I can't even just sit and watch a movie without opening my laptop and researching for a new article or recipe. UGH. So, maybe it's good that I didn't come up with a butter for the scones. Maybe that is just what I needed: a little balance.

I do really enjoy the scones. My poor roommate got put through a few trial runs before I finally found the right combination. We were eating scones all weekend. But who's gonna complain about that right?

Five Cheese and Cranberry Scones

2 cups all purpose flower
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 ½ cups authentic Mexican cheese blend (Queso Quesadilla, Asadero, Queso Gallego, El Regalo, Anejo Enchilado and Manchego cheeses, NO Pepper Jack!)
1 cup heavy cream
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a stand mixer combine flour, baking powder, and salt in large bowl or work bowl of food processor fitted with whisk attachment. Mix together on a low speed.

Add in butter and mix on a medium speed until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add in cranberries and cheese. 

Switch to using a dough hook.

Add in cream and mix on a medium speed until it comes together into a rough, sticky ball. Roll dough out on a floured surface into a circle. You may either cut into wedges or using a biscuit cutter, cut into small rounds.

 Place rounds or wedges on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush tops with egg white and bake until scone tops are light brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Enjoy! 

25 comments:

  1. Wow! Those look amazing! Such an inventive flavor, I would never have thought of cheese and cranberries. I wish I had one for breakfast!

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  2. I love the combination of cheese and cranberries. I drink a lot of tea. I'm always looking for something to pair it with. These scones sound like the perfect tasty treat to have with tea.

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  3. Oh you have got to be kidding me... oh wow...cheese in a cranberry scone ... brilliant!

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  4. Beautiful picture. Unusual combination. And you need to take a spa day! :-)

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  5. i have been talking about taking a spa day for years! maybe one of these days i actually will! when i can schedule it. in between work. haha.

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  6. Wow, posting to six sites? that's a lot! That's good though, I wish I had the motivation to do that.
    These scones look AMAZING. Five cheeses = heaven to me. I love cheese! the cranberries must have added a nice dimension to all that cheese.
    Glad to hear you enjoyed your day off and I hope you are having a wonderful new year so far!

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  7. Five cheeses? The more the better to me so these scones are probably going to be my new favorite. And I don't really think you need butter with all the great flavors already in there. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Amazing!

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  8. Balance...bah, these scones are all the balance you need. Love the combination!

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  9. I am very intrigued with the ingredients...very...take a day off girl! ha

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  10. I am loving the sound of these! Usually I go for completely sweet scones, but a few years ago I made apple and cheddar scones that knocked my socks off! I can only imagine how yummy these little guys are! Must try!

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  11. What an interesting combination! I'm thinking they're gonna be made in my kitchen soon! Thanks!

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  12. I like the sweet and savory playing off these scones. I know what you mean about wanting a condiment, but not really needing it. I think that these sound great hot out of the oven with maybe a little butter. The baking part sounds relaxing to be but posting to 6 blogs, not so much. Don't get me wrong, I love my little blog, but i get so frustrated with taking the photos (basically I suck) that sometimes it takes all of the fun out of it. Your photos are amazing and make me want to reach out and grab a scone.

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  13. Super yummy! I really dig scones, and I love the idea of cheese and cranberry! Great photos (as usual!)!

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  14. I love big fluffy scones and I absolutely looooove sweet and salty together, so I'm just dying to try these scones out.
    The only problem is that finding real, good-quality Mexican cheese can be a bit of a challenge up here in Canada (actually, real good-quality Mexican ANYTHING is a challenge)... any suggestions as to a substitute for us poor deprived folks? :) Perhaps just straight Manchego?

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  15. I was once talking to a mentor about 'balance...' His response, "oh you can have balance in your life, you just need to change the weights!" :D Cheesy scones sound like balance to me!

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  16. Your scones look moist and delicious! Love the sound of the flavor combo!

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  17. @allthatsleftiscrumbs - my photography wasn't always so hot. :) check out the first few posts (that i plan to re-shoot ASAP!

    @isabelle - larger companies such as sargento and kraft has started putting out authentic mexican cheese blends. i don't know if they sell in canada, but otherwise yes, just keep to mild white cheeses like manchego. :)

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  18. Mexican cheese blend! that is just heavenly

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  19. Just came across the site via Daily Garnish. I live in Fairfax and am loving all the ice cream recipes! Thanks!

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  20. These scones sound fabulous! I think it's a great combination with the cheese and cranberry!

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  21. Your scones look so good, and I live the combo of the cramberries and cheese. I made a brie and cranberry appetizer over Christmas, which was good also. As always your pictures are amazing.

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  22. Those scones are a masterpiece. I can't imagine the explosion of flavor that the combination of cheeses and cranberries give. Wow.

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  23. Wow! These scones sound fantastic with the blend of cheeses and the tartness of the cranberries. I've saved this to file...would love to give these a try!

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  24. awesome cranbery scones- love it!

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