Cranberry-Chia Seed Scones

The cranberries give these scones such a bright pop of color and flavor, and they're perfect for the holidays.

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  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup light unsweetened coconut milk, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces and chilled
  • 1 cup fresh whole cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons granulated cane sugar, for sprinkling

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Place 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl, add the coconut milk and lemon juice and stir to combine. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and orange zest. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add the cubed butter, and pour in the chia seed coconut milk mixture. Fold ingredients together just until they come together. Transfer dough to a floured work surface and gently fold in the chopped cranberries. Form a disk and roll it to out to a 1-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter, dipped in all purpose flour, cut the scones and place them on the lined baking sheet. Pinch together the scraps and lightly re-roll and repeat the process once more for a few more scones.

  3. Mix the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of chia seeds with one tablespoon of water. With a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of each scone with the chia gel and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

  4. Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes until they are lightly golden. Let them cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make Ahead

The scones can be stored in an airtight container overnight.

Contributed By Photo © Sarah Bolla Published January 2014

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