Cranberry Orange Scones and 12 Hours In London

To be honest, I only recall eating a “real” scone once, and that was after an exhausting day of packing up, traveling, going thru the Tel Aviv airport, flying to England, and meeting up with a friend who took us to his Mum’s house for a late dinner (not to mention the tour of London we were about to take).

We met this friend who was volunteering for a group we are very close with, in Yafo Israel, and after we finished doing some filming for them, he ended up accompanying us around the ancient city for a little while.

Playing around by the Statue Of Faith.   See how tiny Sam was?  🙂

As our six month stay in Israel came to a sad close, Abba contacted him to see what was the best transportation, place to stay and things to do, during our twelve hour layover in London.  Abba is incredible at researching and finding the best good, cheap flights.  If you can save a hundred dollars (or more) on nine people’s tickets with a long layover … who knows, you might just find a place in Buckingham Palace for that price :).

Anyway, if you love seeing the Heavenly Father’s hand move, hear this.  Our friend’s response was basically: “Hey, don’t think about it, I’ll take care of it!”



But then reality kicks in: he is working, he does not have a place for us to stay and definitely no transportation for a family of nine!  He happened to talk to his mother and mentioned trying to figure something out.  Her answer was to bring us to her place … the lady she shared a house with was out of town.  Talk about perfect timing!  One problem (or as Abba says: opportunity for a solution) was solved.  But still … the transportation issue.

Lydia our adorable little luggage guard!

May 24th 2006, we were scheduled to leave Israel and fly into the Heathrow airport at 8 pm.  That very morning, our friend got a call from a company he did part-time work for – delivering rental cars to the airport.  This time he “had” to pick up a VAN and have it at the airport by the next morning 🙂 :)!  Talk about perfect timing again!  He showed up in a practically brand new van, big enough for all of us to squeeze into … along with our many carry-on pieces.  Back then, you were allowed to travel with more luggage … plus, some of us heavier-packers decided when they said “one carry-on bag”, as long as the camera bag was attached to the purse, that was attached to the backpack, that was attached to us, you were fine … and it actually worked! 🙂

Our friend’s Mum was an incredible hostess and even though it was late, she had a parking space blocked off for us in front of her tiny, London row house and lots of yummy food for us to try.  There were soups, scones, biscuits (aka cookies in American English) … I can’t remember everything.  I just remember how she kept bringing one thing after the other and telling us to eat, eat, eat!

Buckingham Palace.    Please excuse the terrible picture quality … they are from long ago 🙂

After feasting, everyone climbed back into the van and we were off to see London.  Did you know that all of the Public Houses (a.k.a. bars or pubs) in London close at 11 pm?  It was about midnight when we started driving around and everywhere was so empty.

We are generally late-nighters and I especially am usually pretty good at staying up, but we were zonked!  Completely worn out.  I had never tried so hard to stay awake and see EVERYTHING – and been so utterly unsuccessful.

Going around a round-about backwards!

We really had a fantastic time though, and made so many good memories.  We drove on the wrong side of the road.  We saw Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Thames River and who knows what else … this 11-year-old was falling asleep.  I do remember stopping and several people getting some coffee … maybe I should have tried it! 🙂

Anyway, fast forward to the end of 2015, here is our favorite “Tennessean” Scone Recipe.  For those of you who don’t want to be sliding your screen up-and-down as you chop berries, squeeze orange juice and mix batter, check the bottom of the post.  For anyone who want more details, here they are:

Cranberry Orange Scones

We usually one and a half this recipe to feed our family of nine and to have a few left over.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prep Work: Chop 3/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries in quarters (we usually buy them in the fall, wash and freeze them).
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Wash an orange well, zest or grate the peel off very finely.
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Mix 3 cups white whole wheat flour,  1/3 cup sucanat, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a medium-large bowl.  Cut 2/3 cup butter in and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal.
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Add orange zest and cranberries, combine.

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Measure the juice of the orange plus enough buttermilk to make 1 cup of liquid.m

Add to the dry ingredients and toss with fork (or spoon) until moist clumps form.j

Dump onto the counter and pat/mush into a ball, incorporating the remaining loose flour.  Shape a circle (with your hands or a rolling pen) and cut into pie shaped wedges.  The size really depends on you … the thicker and bigger they are, the softer and heartier they will be.  Smaller wedges will be more crispy.  I generally will roll it out to about 1 inch thick and 8 inches diameter.  Cut either 8 0r 12 pieces for this size recipe.Cranberry Orange Scones (8)

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 15-20 minutes at 375 F. or until lightly golden.Cranberry Orange Scones (9)
Serve and Enjoy!
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Cranberry Orange Scones

We usually one and a half this recipe to feed our family of nine and to have a few left over.
3 c. white whole wheat flour
1/3 c. sucanat
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
The peel of 1 orange grated, or 1 T. dried Orange Zest
2/3 c. cold unsalted butter
3/4 c. fresh or frozen chopped cranberries
1 c. buttermilk or the juice of 1 orange plus enough buttermilk to make 1 c.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Sift dry ingredients.  Cut in butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in cranberries and orange peel. Gradually add buttermilk tossing with fork until moist clumps form. Put dough on the counter, knead briefly to incorporate the remaining loose flour. Form dough into 3/4 – 1 inch-thick round (or about 8 inches diameter). Cut into 8 to 12 wedges. Transfer wedges to a baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until tops of scones are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve the scones warm or at room temperature.

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9 thoughts on “Cranberry Orange Scones and 12 Hours In London

  1. Speaking as a Scottish person, your scones look delicious! I can only get dried cranberries here, not fresh or frozen, but I have the dried ones and lots of extra oranges just now, so I am going to try making them. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    1. Your Scottish! Do you live in Scotland and eat that Sheep’s pudding too?

      We’ve heard of it over the years, thru books and meeting people, and one friend offered to make it if we came to visit Scotland… but it seems pretty unusual:)……. I don’t know if I have enough nerve to try it:).

      Anyway, thanks for the comment and have fun making the scones.

      One more thought, have you considered soaking the cranberries before adding them to the recipe? I have never used dried ones in this way (my favorite use for them so far is in Baked Brie, and am interested in how your scones turn out.

  2. Thanks for sharing about you tour through London. Looks like y’all had a wonderful time. 🙂 It reminds me of my trip there last year.

    Your scones do look delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe.


  3. Yummy! Thanks for sharing, Ruthie. And I really enjoyed reading your Israel/England story. Wow! Sam and Lydia are so tiny in those pictures!!! 🙂

    1. Yep! Time flies. It’s amazing what nearly ten years will do to you:). They were so adorable… and still are… just in a more grown-up way I guess 🙂


  4. A blessing to read about the way your family was taken care of during your layover in England. The recipe for the scones is great. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Amazing story. I wish more people had that kind of faith.
    I was in London twelve years ago. We flew there and then took the train to Wales. The food is wonderful.

  6. The scones look fabulous. I’ve not tried that combination, but it sounds great. What a London whirlwind! It’s the most fantastic place. I’d love to spend 12 months there, but would be happy to spend 12 hours right now if I could.

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