How about a lovely scone to brighten a cloudy and dreary January morning. Serve with marmalade, butter, cream cheese or nibble just as they are with a cup of coffee or tea for a cheerful start on the day.
The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of orange peel. It sounded like a lot to me and I thought it might be too much, but it is not at all.
Orange Currant Scones
recipe source: Betty Crocker's Best of Baking Cookbook page 59PRINT RECIPE
yield: 16 smallish scones @about 120 calories each
1/2 cup currants
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 egg, beaten
4 to 6 tablespoons half-and-half (I used 6)
1 egg white, beaten
Sprinkling sugar (optional)
Heat oven to 400ºF.
Soak currants in enough warm water to cover 10 minutes to soften; drain.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Stir in orange peel, egg, currants and just enough half-and-half until dough leaves side of bowl.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 10 times. Divide dough in half. Roll or pat each half into 6-inch circle, about 1/2-inch thick. Cut each circle into 8 wedges.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet; brush with egg white. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; cool on rack.
just out of the oven
If you have any leftover, they freeze well. Place in a freezer-safe container between pieces of waxed paper. Label and freeze. Ready in moments by thawing on counter or a few seconds on high in microwave.
And a few Bible verses that speak about morning
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests
before you and wait expectantly.
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are
my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
But I cry to you for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”