There are some things that instantly put you in the mood for the holidays.
* Starbucks red cups
* The first snowfall
* Christmas decorations in the malls
* Watching Home Alone for the millionth time
And of course all the holiday flavors we have all come to love and associate with the season. Gingerbread. Peppermint. Egg Nog. Cranberries. They all just transport you right into the heart of the holidays.
On Christmas morning, one of my favorite things is just sitting by the tree with a mug of hot coffee while everyone is still trying to wake up. This is the time I can really reflect on the season before the day gets too crazy with all the hustle and bustle of wrapping paper flying all over the place.
I get to watch my kid with his crazy bed-head, dressed in festive footie pajamas trying to figure out what could possibly be under the tree from Santa. His excitement and joy on Christmas morning just makes the entire crazy holiday season worth it.
And my wife, I get to reflect on all she does for our family especially during the holiday season. Working 60+ hours a week just to make the holidays happen for others all across America (she works at FedEx). She’s absolutely exhausted, yet she still spends time with her family when she isn’t working. She still makes a point to bring cheer to my life, despite all the crazy in her’s.
This “calm before the storm” moment on Christmas morning is truly one of my favorites, and I love to accompany this moment not only with my mug of coffee, but with a delicious treat. And what better treat than one of those with such a holiday flavor, such as cranberry?! Pair that with orange, and you are instantly right in the heart of Christmas morning. Fresh and Light. Pops of cranberry tartness. And flaky pastry that is perfectly dunkable!
Christmas morning is a magical time for so many of us, and I do my best to really soak it all in. With family. With friends. And of course, with delicious food!
Scones are one thing that my family asks for constantly. They love my scones. And I love making them. There’s just something about a light and flaky pastry that gets us excited. I love customizing them to the season, and these totally just fit right in so easily. They taste just like Christmas morning to me.
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- zest of one orange
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 egg separated
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1/3 cup sugar free vanilla creamer
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest.
- Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly, using a pastry blender. You should have little pea-size balls throughout this mixture.
- Separate the egg white and the yolk. Set the egg white aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the egg yolk, honey, and Vanilla creamer. Add to the dry mixture and mix until just combined.
- You don't want to work it too much or it won't turn out quite as flaky. You don't want a cookie batter consistency. Just barely mixed.
- Form dough into a ball on a floured surface. Roll or pat out to half an inch in thickness and eight inches in diameter. Add cranberries to dough and push down into it. Cut into eight equally-sized pieces.
- Transfer to a greased baking sheet or one lined with parchment paper (or silicone). Whisk the egg white until froth forms and brush over the tops of scones.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.
- While scones are baking, create the glaze. Simply mix the powdered sugar with the orange juice until completely combined. Spoon over scones after they come out of the oven and have had a few minutes to cool just slightly.