Monday, February 28, 2011

Scones - not just for the Brits!

Looking for an easy, whip-it-up breakfast, brunch, or snack idea? Look no further than my FAVORITE dried cherry scones! They are simple to make and simply de-lish!!!!!
The scone process is easier than you think. Watch.....
Mix the dry ingredients together.
Cut in the butter. I do this with two knives, slicing back and forth.

Add the wet ingredients.
Stir in the dried fruit or nuts.

Shape into a ball on a floured surface, or on a Silpat.
Flatten the dough into a disc and cut into wedges.
Place the wedges on a cookie sheet.
Brush with egg whites, cinnamon-sugar, or whatever the recipe says to put on top.
Bake and Voila! Fresh and easy~
I even freeze half of them on a cookie sheet before baking and
save them in a ziplock for another day.
Here's the recipe!

Cherry Scones

  • ¾ cup dried sweet cherries
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (I often substitute half whole wheat flour, but if you do this, add a bit more liquid.
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg, separated
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup half and half
Soak cherries in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar in a large bowl.
Cut in butter with a pastry blender or knife.
Combine egg yolk, sour cream, half and half, and almond extract.
Add to flour mixture and stir until soft dough forms.
Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface and knead gently 6-8 times.
Knead in cherries until evenly distributed.
Divide dough in half and shape into two balls.
Put each ball into a 6-inch circle.
Cut each into 6 wedges with a sharp knife.
Place scones on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Beat egg white until foamy.
Brush the top of the scones with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Serves 12

1 comment:

  1. oh my goodness, i'm so glad i found this! so trying this! and love your layout! please let me know if you have any questions about the office- i'd love to help any way i can! It was a lot easier than it looks! also, hope you don't miss out on the giveaway i just posted today: