Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Food Gift - Olive Oil Cranberry & Oat Scones - Mix In A Jar

These scones are made with Olive Oil instead of butter, yet are flaky and moist. The mix is simple and when layered in a jar makes a fun, colorful and unique gift. Olive Oil Cranberry & Oat Scones
Mix in a Jar

I have a few friends who love the idea of cooking, but get a little intimidated by the language in recipes some times. Once it calls for "cut in the butter" they stop reading. Here's a perfect gift and recipe if you know someone like that, including if that someone is you. For the cranberries I used a package from Melissa's Produce that I received at the IFBC (International Food Blogger Conference). I also buy their products because they're always in good condition and reasonable.

If dried cranberries are not your favorite, these can easily be made with dried cherries, apricots or other dried fruits. The scones freeze really well, so bake a couple for today and freeze some for that busy holiday morning.

Can you imagine how impressive you will look when, in the middle of everything else that's going on, you bring out home made, golden, hot fruity scones for everyone?
Have fun with the decorating, and maybe personalize the tags. The recipe is super simple. Try the recipe for yourself, then fill a few jars. I really think they make cute food gifts with a lot of style.

This week I'll be posting a few different food gift ideas, so stay tuned or bookmarked or...you know what I mean.

Sending you the happiest wishes!

[To make the scones, follow this recipe. Directions for the Food Gift can be found below.]

Recipe: Olive Oil Cranberry & Oat Scones

1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Oats
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon dried Orange Zest
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup dried Cranberries
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1 egg
1/2 cup Olive Oil

1) In a Medium bowl, stir together all the dry ingredients: flour, oats, baking powder, zest and brown sugar.
2) In another bowl, stir together all the liquid ingredients: cream, egg and oil.
3) Using a fork, toss and stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients until it starts to ball up in lumps.
4) Remove all the dough onto a floured board or counter and push (or knead) the dough a few times to form a large ball. The dough will be very moist (more moist than the usual scone dough.)
5) Pat the ball into a large round disk about 6-8 inches in diameter (about 1 1/2 inches thick.)
6) Sprinkle just a little flour on the top, then using a knife cut the circle in half, then in fourths, then in eighths.7) Place the triangles on a parchment lined baking sheet about an inch apart (*Optional - sprinkle with sugar) and bake in a preheated oven set on 350F for about 12-15 minutes or until golden and cooked through, but not too dry.***To FREEZE*** Place the baking sheet of triangles in the freezer BEFORE baking them. Let them freeze for a few hours, then bag them or put them in containers and take out for baking as needed. They can be frozen for a couple weeks. Baking may require a few more minutes.

TO MAKE THE FOOD GIFT:

1) In a bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups Flour and 1 teaspoon Baking powder. Then using a funnel, pour it into a Pint size jar.
2) For the next layer, top with 1/2 cup Oats. Then, 1 teaspoon of dried orange zest, then 1/3 cup Brown Sugar.
3) Add the 1 cup dried Cranberries as the topper.
4) Close up tight, and don't forget to copy and add these easy directions:

To Make Your Own Olive Oil Cranberry & Oat Scones:

1) In a Bowl, mix 1 egg, 1/2 cup Heavy Cream and 1/2 Cup Olive Oil.
2) Pour the Jar contents into the bowl and mix everything with a fork until combined.
3) Place the moist dough onto a floured board or counter and knead together just a couple times.
4) Form into a disk about 6-8 inches round. Cut in half, then into fourths, then into eighths.
5) Sprinkle with sugar. Bake the triangles, about an inch apart, on a parchment lined pan in a preheated 350F oven for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy!



9 comments:

the actor's diet said...

ha - i'm definitely one of those folks who is fearful of "cutting the butter." great idea - will definitely bookmark for future gifts!!!

Erika Kerekes said...

I'm in love with this idea. Totally brilliant.

Lentil Breakdown said...

You're brilliant!

Becca said...

Do you use quick oats or rolled oats?! I'll post my picture once I make them!

Cathy @ ShowFoodChef said...

Hey Becca: I used Quaker Oats Rolled oats, but I've used the Quaker Oats Quick oats too. Can't wait to see them :D

Eleanor Hoh said...

Wonderful idea, I'd be one of those people who are fearful of baking. BTW, we share the same concept about making people 'stars'!

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Emily Freeman said...

If we wanted to give a person the option of using butter (for whatever reason), would they still use 1/2 cup? And would they just cut it in to the jar mix, and then add the eggs and cream, or what? Thanks!

Cathy @ ShowFoodChef said...

Hi Emily: I'd say to use 6 Tbls of butter if you want that to replace the oil, and yeah, just cut it into the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients. Thanks for stopping by :D