Cranberry Orange Barley Scones

Ever since I had the scones at the Empress hotel in Victoria, I wanted to make flaky melt in the mouth scones like the ones offered there. I also wanted it to be healthy, and was looking at different recipes. I finally fudged several recipes together to come up with this recipe. It really is a healthy recipe, that could easily substitute for cereal in the morning – because it has barley flakes, whole wheat flour and cranberries, plus the orange which acts as a refreshing wake up to your palate. The quantity really works for me, because it only makes 4 normal sized scones, or 8 mini scones. These scones are perfect for a to go breakfast or as a snack with tea in the evenings.

Ingredients
1/4 cup all purpose flour + 1 1/2 tbsp flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup rolled barley
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 large egg
2 tbsp cream
2 clementines/1 regular orange

Method:
Zest the clementines and juice them. Set the juice and zest aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the all purpose flour, wheat flour, baking powder and salt. Using a fork, crumble the butter into the flour, until the mixture becomes coarse. Add the sugar. Stir in the cranberries, barley flakes and the orange zest.

In a seperate bowl, beat the egg with the cream. Stir this into the flour mixture and stir with a fork. Add the reserved orange juice as necessary for it to make a dough, kind of like chapati dough, but softer and more moist. I used up only 1 tbsp of juice, but it depends on the brand of wheat flour you use. I used chapati flour. Pat this dough into a disc. Cut with a knife into four equal triangles. Place these triangles on plate and put it in the freezer just until you preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

When the oven has preheated, place the scones on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 – 20 minutes, until flaky and golden brown.

Verdict: These scones were super refreshing. I wolfed one down right after it came out of the oven(the cook’s gotta taste), thats why you see only 3 scones in the pictures. The oranges made this bright and the flecks of cranberries added a nice tart taste. It would be hard to believe that this scone has barley and whole wheat flour, coss it is soooo melt in your mouth good. 🙂

Sending these cuties to ‘Breakfast Club – Berries’, event by Helen of ‘Fuss free flavors’.

Also sending to ‘Veggie/Fruit of the Month: Orange’ event series by Priya.

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  1. Pictures are so tempting, with the oranges standing in all its glory..lovely. Glad to follow you. Also have sent you another entry for Serve it Chilled.

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