orange, cranberry and pistachio nut scones

This is an absolute winner of a scone recipe and I adapted my very easy raisin scones, adding cranberries, pistachios and orange zest to give it a zing.  I love the combination of orange and cranberry and I used the zest of one orange which produced a very mild flavour.  You could use 2 oranges to make it a bit stronger.


  • 75gms butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 75gms sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder (or 30gms as per the recipe)
  • 230ml milk
  • 500gms flour
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 50gms of roughly chopped pistachios
  • zest of 1 or 2 oranges

How to make:

  • Put all the ingredients except the flour, cranberries and pistachio nuts in the mixer with a paddle attachment and mix on low until all combined
  • Add the flour, cranberries and nuts and mix briefly
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, need slightly and press out to a height of about 4- 5cm (I used my fingers)
  • Press out scones with a round and sharp cookie cutter until all the dough has been used (I used a 58mm or 2 1/4 inch cutter)
  • Beat an egg and brush over the tops of the scones
  • Put the scones in the fridge for about 20 – 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 200 c
    Brush a second egg wash layer over the scones which gives it a really nice glaze and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until well risen and golden brown

I love that these scones are not too sweet and like all scones are best served straight out the oven so that the butter melts in.

hot out the oven and delicisous with butter


  1. Love those flavours together! cranberry and pistachio heaven.

  2. I think these will make an appearance on Christmas morning. Pistachio lemon are my reigning favorite scone combination; however, this is definitely seasonal and I do love cranberry orange… Great layers!



  3. Sam

    Hi Heather, I agree I think these are quite Christmassey and will be perfect for Christmas morning.
    Sam 🙂

  4. catherine

    conversion to american measurements?! I love english scones and my english boyfriend will be so happy if I can make them for him!

  5. Sam

    HI Catehrine, if you look on my site I have a conversion page (next to recipe index at the top)

  6. Just a query …I have done 3-4 times scones and it’s always very hard to eat the next day…i mean when they are completely cooled.It’s what is supposed to be?

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