homemade cherry scones
In Michigan July is cherry season. In Traverse City Michigan they host a Cherry Festival that celebrates everything cherry. It allows us the ability to go up and pick fresh cherries so we can make our favorite cherry dishes, including cherry scones.
These are pretty easy to make, and are not a super sweet treat. You can enjoy them with a pat of butter. And left overs, you just warm it up for 20-30 seconds and a little butter. It’s so good with your morning coffee.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cold cubed butter
1/2 cup half and half (can substitute milk)
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups halved/chopped frozen cherries (cherries should be starting to thaw)
white sugar for topping
Preheat the oven to 400F.
In a large bowl (at least 12 cups), add the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and mix.
Add in the cold butter and cut the butter in with a fork or your hands so it’s made into small pieces.
Next, add the half and half, egg and vanilla and mix partially. Add in the cherries and mix well.
The ingredients may be a little sticky, you can add a little flour, but not too much (not like bread dough)
Place in the middle of a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
You will want to shape into a circle and score on top like you are cutting a pie, but not all the way through.
Sprinkle with white sugar to top.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
tips for baking your scone
Alternative: If you want to score, you can do so first by putting the dough on a floured surface. Cut in half and half again. Cut the 4 pieces in half again. You can use a long knife or a pizza cutter and place on a baking sheet.
You want to have cold butter, so it will melt while you bake.