Thursday, July 09, 2015

Sour Cherry Scones

This began as a great year for cherries until the constant rain ruined most of them, but we were able to squirrel a few quarts away, anyway.  This winter, we'll eat cherry scones with chapped cheeks and noses and remember the glory of mid-spring on Mount Hunger.

Sour Cherry Scones

Note:  These are "sour" cherry scones because we picked ours under-ripe before the birds could steal them.  If you're using larger, sweet cherries, simply chop them up a bit and use less sugar, perhaps 1/2 cup. 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder 
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup cold butter
1 cup buttermilk (I use sham buttermilk. Add enough milk to one tbsp. of white vinegar to form one cup; let sit for a few minutes until curdled)
2 cups cherries, pitted and chopped up a bit if large

In a bowl, combine flours, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in buttermilk and cherries until a soft dough forms.  On a floured surface, knead gently 10-12 times until no longer sticky.  Divide dough in half; gently pat or roll each half into an 8-in circle 1/2" thick.  Cut each circle into eight wedges.  Separate wedges and place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until lightly golden.

* Just like with biscuits, a "light" hand will make for lighter scones, so don't overknead it and avoid handling the dough any more than necessary.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Yesterday, while weeding, Andrew came running up with our ONE LONE SINGLE cherry. Waiting for trees to mature is a very hard thing indeed and it makes me really regret not getting ALL the fruit trees in our first year here...we'd be in business by now if I had made that a priority.

We each had a tiny niblet of the and then I sucked the pit for a while. Someday maybe we'll have a bowl of red jewels too! Someday!