White Chocolate Cranberry Scones recipe baked with cherry yogurt. Moist, flaky scones. White chocolate and cranberry add sweet texture to perfect scones. Great for Mother’s Day brunch recipe.
I love how you can take what would otherwise be known as a cake, and bake it into a different shape, then call it a breakfast pastry. I’m not being critical, I appreciate this free pass to enjoy baked goods anytime. Muffins (unless you make a healthy variety) are basically small cakes without frosting. Scones, as in these White Chocolate Cranberry Scones are the same thing, cute little triangular cakes we can eat for breakfast. – Within this recipe post you’ll learn a way to make scones that are healthier (with less fat) while still being moist and flaky…it’s a special ingredient. Plus you’ll learn how to knead dough. –
This White Chocolate Cranberry Scones recipe is not trying to hide anything. These are good old-fashioned baked sweets. They remind me of cooking from an era where home-baked goods were a regular thing. Dense and chewy dough is the base of these delicious scones. Add some white chocolate chips and dried cranberries for a unique and beloved flavor pairing. Cherry yogurt adds a subtle hint of cherry flavor. Finish with a sprinkling of large sugar granules for a subtle crunch to the soft scones.
I enjoy all foods, whether healthy or more on the indulgent side. I’m working on a healthy breakfast recipe that will be up soon. If you like banana peanut butter oatmeal cookies that truly are healthy (with whole wheat and natural sweeteners, no sugar) then keep checking back for that recipe.
Cooking Tips: A healthy way to get moist scones
A healthier ingredient for moist scone is yogurt. Recipes can often include this in addition or in replacement to butter. Cherry yogurt helps with the chemistry for these baked scones. Similar to butter it keeps baked goods moist. I opted to use some butter in this recipe to keep them extra moist and flaky. However, I was still able to reduce it by over half a stick with this substitution.
Food Photography Tips
Each and every recipe on Plating Pixels has food photography and food styling tips. I hope home-cooks and food bloggers can learn valuable information from these.
I shot this in natural light at 1/80 sec, f/ 2.5, ISO 800 . Food ingredients make wonderful props. I admit this recipe did not actually have cherries initially. I got a little too creative with my food styling, and added beautiful red cherries to the scene. Silly me, since the recipe only had Craisins initially. It did include plain yogurt in the dough, so I remade them with cherry yogurt. Problem solved. Now you get cherry cranberry scones and I get to keep my beautiful images from this recipe.
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White Chocolate Cranberry Scones
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
- ½ cup granulated sugar, plus extra for garnish
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup butter, chopped
- ¾ cup dried cranberries, Craisins
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- ¾ cup yogurt, cherry or plain
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 400º F. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking power and baking soda. Add butter pieces and cut in with a pastry cutter, or break up and mix in with fingers, until evenly incorporated. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Make well in center.
- In separate small bowl combine eggs and yogurt, then pour into flour mixture. Stir together until just combined.
- This part will be messy, but fun! Place dough on a smooth floured surface. Sprinkle with flour and knead by folding and pressing until smooth and combined, about 8-10 times. You'll probably need to sprinkle on more flour as you go until it thickens. Pat dough into flat, round circle about 1-inch thick and 9-inch diameter. Cut into 8 even triangular wedges. Placed on parchment lined baking sheet. Lightly brush tops with milk and sprinkle with extra sugar for garnish. Bake at 400º for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool slightly on wire rack and serve warm or store extras (I doubt you'll have any leftovers).