These Cranberry Orange Scones Are the Perfect Fall Treat!

If you know Lord Wolfington, you know he loves a good scone recipe for the fall season!

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Mr. Pumpkin’s banquet serves up some of our favorite fall foods, and to get excited for the upcoming autumn season, we decided to make Lord Wolfington’s cranberry orange scones ourselves, and they did not disappoint!

Want to make these delicious fall scones, too? Follow the recipe below!

 
Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party  , written and illustrated by  Erin Barker , was recently named a  Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List pick . Available  now for pre-order , in bookstores September 3.

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Lord Wolfington’s Cranberry Orange Scones

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Prep time: 10 mins.     Cook Time: 20-25 mins.    Total Time: 30-35 mins

What You’ll Need

Supplies

  • 1 large mixing bowl

  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons

  • 1 Whisk

  • 1 standard size cookie sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Cookie cutter

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons orange zest

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold, shredded using a cheese grater

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, cold

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • 2 teaspoons sanding or other coarse sugar (optional)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/4 cup orange juice, strained

Making the scones

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest.

 
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Mix with a whisk until well combined.

3. Add the cold, shredded butter to the mixture.

 
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4. Mix using your hands until it resembles coarse crumbs (pea-sized chunks are good).

 
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5. Pour in the cold heavy whipping cream.

 
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6. Fold it into the dry mixture, starting with a whisk or other stirring utensil, and then use your hands as the dough starts to come together.

 
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  • Here’s a tip: Add cold water by the tablespoon if it’s too dry!

7. Add the dried cranberries, making sure to not overwork the dough too much.

 
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8. On a lightly floured surface, bring the dough together a little more and then shape it into a large disk, roughly 1 ½ inches thick.

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  • Here’s a tip: Again, try not to overwork the dough! This results in a tougher, less-flaky scone texture.

9. Cut out scones using a circular cookie cutter.

 
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10. Place the scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment, sprinkle with sanding sugar (the sugar is optional, but adds a nice texture to the top!).

 
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11. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden brown on the top and bottom.

12. Let the scones cool to room temperature while you make the glaze.

13. For the glaze: Whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice in a large bowl.

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  • Here’s a tip: For a smoother consistency, sift the powdered sugar into the bowl first before mixing with the orange juice!

14. Drizzle the glaze over the scones in whatever way you’d like and enjoy!

 
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These scones are as delicious as you can imagine, and now we’re really craving the fall season! Have any fun recipes you love? Share with us in the comments below, and be sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress for all things books, art, inspiration and more!

 

 
 
 

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Congratulations! You’ve finished a manuscript!

That is no easy task, and you should be proud of yourself! Now you’re ready to submit that manuscript to publishers in hopes that they will choose your story!

Thinking about submitting to blue manatee press? There are only a few publishers who still accept unsolicited manuscripts, but before you hit that “send” button, make sure we’re the right home for you! Here are a few things to know about blue manatee press!

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If this is your first time with us, blue manatee press is an independent children’s book publisher of original board books and picture books with an emphasis on building readers from infancy. Our founder Dr. John Hutton emphasizes baby literacy by encouraging adults to read to children for at least 15 minutes a day as early as infancy.

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Submitting to the press is the easy part! But first, make sure we’re the right fit for your manuscript by reading and downloading our submission guidelines.

 
Want a tip? Make a check-list as you begin to submit your manuscript so you know you haven’t missed any steps!

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A few immediate questions to ask yourself:

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  2. Our picture books are no longer than 40 pages (20 spreads) and on average are no more than 1,000 total words. Does your picture book fit this criteria?

Once you’ve read our submission guidelines and you think your manuscript qualifies, send your completed book proposal as an email attachment to bluemanateepress@gmail.com with one of two subject lines: “Board Book New Submission” or “Picture Book New Submission.” If we are interested in your project, we will contact you within two to three months of submission.

I’m not sure my manuscript fits the criteria, so I’m nervous to submit to the press.

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If we are interested in your submission, then you will hear back from us within 3 months of when you submitted. We understand the excitement and anticipation it comes with creative work, so we appreciate your patience in us reading through all of the submissions we receive!

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We recently introduced all of you to June Smalls, author of our upcoming picture book Odd Animal ABC’s! Now, we’d like you to meet the woman behind all the adorable odd animal illustrations, Claire Sedovic!

Who Is Claire Sedovic?

Claire Sedovic is the illustrator of  Odd Animal ABC’s , on sale this spring.

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Claire studied graphic design and minored in printmaking at Drake University, where she says she “developed an understanding of the interplay between text and imagery.” But by the age of six, she already knew she wanted to be an illustrator.

“Everyday experiences, such as childhood dance classes, working in the garden with my mother, and cooking dinner with my sister, have provided inspiration for the words and pictures that fill my sketchbooks.” — Claire Sedovic on what inspires her

After graduating, Claire started to work more consistently with watercolor, and ultimately left her corporate graphic design job to pursue her dream of becoming a published illustrator.

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One thing that Claire hopes readers get out of Odd Animal ABC’s is understanding how diverse the animal kingdom is. “Of course I hope they laugh along with all the wonderful, and often weird critters as they travel from A to Z,” she says, “but on a deeper level, I also hope that it sparks new curiosity about the natural world and a desire preserve and protect it for future generations.” 

The Artist’s Process!

In her own words, this is Claire’s artistic process:

I work primarily with traditional media: paper, pencil, watercolor, and brush. I begin by lightly sketching my illustrations (and always keep an eraser close by!)

 
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When I am satisfied with the pencil drawing, I fill it in with watercolor. I especially love to add a little more life to my creations with a light touch of the magenta on cheeks, noses, and chins. After the watercolor is dry, I retrace the pencil with a softer lead for added detail and contrast.

 
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Once I’m happy with the finished illustration, I scan it so I have a high-resolution digital file that matches the color of the original work as closely as possible. From here, I take that file into Photoshop, drop out the white paper background, and clean up the edges. Finally, I take the edited illustration and add it as a layer to the storybook spread.

Her Favorite Odd Animal!

With so many fun animals to choose from, we were curious which was Claire’s favorite. “I fell in love with the Tree Kangaroo!” she says. “They look more like cuddly teddy bears than they do kangaroos, and I enjoyed mixing the paint for their reddish fur and pale pink noses.

 
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“The animal that gave me the most difficulty was the leaf-tailed gecko,” she adds. “These amazing amphibians look more like a piece of dried foliage than they do a living animal!”

Advice For Young Artists!

Claire has simple but important advice for children who show an interest in art: Make art, and lots of it! “The old adage of practice makes perfect really is true,” she says. “The more you practice your craft, the more you will improve your skills and build confidence in your own abilities.  

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