Cook's Hideout: Cranberry-Pistachio Cream Scones

December 08, 2014

Cranberry-Pistachio Cream Scones

Bake-a-thon 2014: Day 4
Bake of the day: Cranberry Pistachio Cream Scones
I actually posted the recipe for these cream scones a while back already, but they are such a big hit with everyone who taste them, I'm posting them again today. The add-ins for these scones can be customized to ones taste preferences. I thought Cranberries and pistachios are a great combo for the holiday season.
Cranberry-Pistachio Cream Scones
I recently bought a scone pan which makes making uniform and even size scones much easier. But simply patting the dough down and cutting it into equal sized wedges will also suffice.
Cranberry-Pistachio Cream Scones
All-purpose flour - 1 cup
Whole-wheat pastry flour - 1 cup (or use just 2cups of all-purpose flour)
Granulated sugar - ¼ cup
Baking powder - 2tsp
Fine salt - ¼tsp
Cold heavy Cream - ¾cup plus 1 tbsp
Egg - 1, large (use 1tbsp egg replacer whisked with 3tbsp water for eggless alternate)
Butter - 6tbsp, cold unsalted, cut into small pieces
Cranberry - ⅔cup
Pistachios - ½cup, toasted and chopped
Turbinado Sugar - optional

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. 
  • Whisk together ¾ cup cream and egg. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • With a pastry cutter/ blender or with 2 knives, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining.
  • Stir in cranberry & pistachios.
  • With a fork, stir in the cream mixture until just combined. The dough should be crumbly; do not over mix.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and pat into 6" circle. Cut into 8 wedges and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Alternately transfer the dough to a scone pan.
  • Brush tops with 1 tablespoon cream and sprinkle the turbinado sugar, if using.
  • Bake until golden, 16 - 18 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through the baking.
  • After couple of minutes transfer scones onto a wire rack and cool slightly before enjoying with a dab of butter or just plain.
Cranberry-Pistachio Cream Scones
Linking this to this year's Bake-a-thon event.
Bake-a-thon 2014


  1. Perfect flavors for the season. I make scones in a pie dish but I like your evenly shaped pieces.

  2. Scones looks absolutely scrumptious, i can have some for my breakfast..

  3. Scones turned out perfect. I love that green pistachio peeping out of the scones.

  4. I must have said this so many times..not sure why I am yet to bake a scone myself..seeing your pictures I am tempted to make it right away!..Looks amazing Pavani..

  5. great flavor combination in these scones and so colorful too

  6. Like Srivalli, I too have never been inclined to bake a scone!!! Yours looks so good Pavani.Hopefully one day I will bake something similar...

  7. Scones look absolutely delicious !!


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