Friday, June 25, 2010

Sour Cherry Almond Scones

Our sour cherry tree is really knocking itself out this year. Last year, there were maybe a dozen cherries worth considering. But this year there are plenty for my family, the blue jay family, the robin family and, most importantly, me.

I like sour cherries right off the tree -- pits and all. They are a bit tart. I would prefer them with peanut butter but no one's offering so...

My family -- and the neighbors over the fence, if they are lucky --  eat sour cherries in scones. The first batch appeared on Fathers' Day. Here's a good recipe with almonds. 

Sour Cherry Almond Scones

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

Mix and let sit until sweet enough, then drain juice:
1 cup sour cherries pitted, chopped
1/4 cup or more white sugar

In a large bowl, mix:
3 cups white flour (you can substitute 1 cup with whole wheat pastry flour)
2 -1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

With a pastry blender or fork, cut in:
1-1/2 sticks butter, softened

Add the drained cherries and 
1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds (you can reserve some to sprinkle on the tops)

In a small bowl, whisk together:
2/3 c. buttermilk (reserve some to brush on the tops)
1 egg
1 Tablespoon lemon zest (optional but quite tasty)

Add wet ingredients to the large bowl of ingredients and stir until moistened.

You may need to add a little buttermilk or flour to make soft, shapeable but not sticky dough. Knead on a floured surface a few times. Cut into 12-24 pieces depending on the size you want and pat into scone shapes (triangles are nice).

Place on baking sheet (parchment paper is helpful). Brush with buttermilk, sprinkle with a little sugar and sliced almonds, if you like.

Bake until flaky and golden...8 to 15 minutes - depending on the size of scones you made. Best fresh. But the dog is happy to eat them stale.


  1. I've heard from others that the sour cherry trees are very happy this year.

  2. We also have black walnuts the size of oranges hanging on jungle boughs. I am frightened!