Â I posted this recipe last January but though I’d bring it forward again since my visit to Woodyatt Cherry Farms on Saturday. I actually made these on Saturday morning before our trip but I used the same dried Montmorency CherriesÂ from Woodyatt’s that I had purchased at the Farmers’ Market at Pioneer Park where they operate a small stand. So if you can’t make it to Willard go to the Farmers’ Market early on Saturdays into October. Please note: I have no affiliation with the Woodyatts I am just a loyal customer 🙂
Cherry Almond Scones
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 1 cup whole dried Montmorency cherries if you can find them if not use other dried tart cherries
- 1 cup toasted and cooled natural almonds, roughly chopped, reserve a few Tablespoons and chop them a little finer for topping
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 beaten egg for topping
PutÂ the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Cut the cold butter into small pieces and cut into the flour with a pastry cutter or rub between your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs with a few pea sized butter pieces remaining. Add the cherries and almonds and stir in. Mix the buttermilk, one large egg and extracts together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk mixture. Stir just until combined and the dough starts to pull away from the bowl. Dump out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead only a few times until the dough holds together. Donâ€™t over work as with most short doughs.
At this point you can form small handfuls of the dough into balls and place on parchment lined baking trays or you can pat out into a large circle, brush with a little beaten egg and pat the reserved finely chopped almonds lightly onto the surface. SprinkleÂ with a little sugar, place the round on a parchment linkedÂ or lightly greased baking tray, cutÂ into 8 wedges and separate slightly (a bench scraper works great for thisÂ job)Â and bake in a preheated 375F oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden and risen and just springs back slightly when very lightly touched in the center.
Serve warm or room temperature. They will keep well covered for a day or two but are best the day they are baked.
These double well and I made a double batch to give some to my Mum and some to our friends Joe and Nancy. I hope they enjoyed them- I know we did!