There's nothing better for breakfast, lunch or just a snack than a scone and a good cup of tea. I'm always looking for baked goods that have a low refined sugar content and scones fit the bill. When I ran across this recipe with only 3 tbls. sugar and cherries, one of my favorite fruits, I knew I had to give them a try.
They came together really well, a very soft and tender dough. I had to resist the urge to knead in too much flour. But I know that scones benefit from a light hand, so I only kneaded enough to bring the dough together and fold in the cherries. The next time I make these I'll be sure to have some turbinado sugar on hand to sprinkle on top.
The texture was moist and not heavy. The flavor was clean, a light hint of almond with the sweet/tart of the cherries. Very good, these will definitely be a keeper.
We ate one round and the other went into the freezer. Mmmm, something to look forward to.
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I'm not sure where this recipe came from I think it might have been one of the Reiman publications.
Cherry Cream Scones
3/4 cup dried cherries
1 cup boiling water
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 egg, separated
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup half-and-half cream
1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
Soak cherries in water for 10 minutes. Drain well. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar. Cut in the butter. In a small bowl, combine egg yolk, sour cream, cream and extract. Add to flour mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently six to eight times. Knead in cherries. Divide dough in half and shape into balls. Roll each ball into a 6-in. circle. Cut into six wedges. Repeat with remaining ball. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Beat the egg white until foamy; brush tops of scones and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes.
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