Cranberry Nutmeg Scones
1 cup Dried
cranberries -- or raisins
1/3 cup Brandy; or water -- warm
3 cups All-purpose flour
1/3 cup Granulated sugar -- plus
2 teaspoons Granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder
3/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Butter or margarine -- chilled
into 8 pieces
3/4 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup Sour cream
2 teaspoons Milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees; grease baking sheets. Combine the cranberries and
brandy in a small bowl; set aside.
Place the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking
powder, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, baking soda and salt in the mixer bowl. Attach the
bowl and flat beater.
Drain the cranberries and add to the flour mixture. Turn
to Stir Speed and mix for about 15 seconds until the cranberries are coated with
the flour mixture. Add the butter. Continuing on Stir Speed, mix for about 30
seconds, or until the butter is the size of peas. Stop and scrape the bowl.
the buttermilk and sour cream. Continuing on Stir Speed, mix for about 30
seconds, or until a soft dough forms.
Knead the dough 4 to 5 times on a lightly
floured surface. Divide the dough in half and pat or roll each half into a
1/2-inch thick circle.
Cut the dough with a 2-inch cutter. Place the scones two
inches apart on the baking sheets. Combine the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar and
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg; mix well. Brush the tops of the scones with milk and
sprinkle with the sugar mixture.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until light
golden brown. Serve warm.
Note: If desired, pat all of the dough into a 9-inch round on a greased baking
sheet. Using a floured knife, cut the dough all the way through into 8 wedges;
do not separate the wedges. Brush with milk and sprinkle with the sugar mixture.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until light golden brown.