menonnie's Recipe Reviews
Posted 12/28/2009 11:41:51 AM
I first ate a scone in New Orleans at my niece's bridal tea held at the Windsor Hotel. This recipe was found while looking for recipes for cranberry bread. The photo made me want to make them! So, I made these at Christmas for neighbor and family gifts. They looked better than the photo at this website on my great-grandmother's green plate made early in the last century! My first batch was a little dry, so I added enough fresh squeezed orange juice to the second batch to make the dough look and feel more like homemade biscuit dough. They were more moist, fluffier and flakier than the first batch. We do not keep self-rising flour in the pantry, but you can make your own with 3 cups flour, 1.5 Tbsp baking powder, and 1 tsp. salt. Be sure that the baking powder or self-rising flour "use by" dates have not expired. The recipe gives substitutions for buttermilk. Fresh orange zest is much better in these than the dried, but the dried is okay. I am giving the recipe 5 spoons because without extra liquid, these were better than those we had at the Windsor. Making the adjustment was not hard, but those new to cooking would probably not know that a little more liquid may help.