My Cherry Scones will make your kitchen smell of summer. Make sure to eat these scones warm and with a good butter. Using cream instead of shortening makes the scones extra-tender and flaky.
2 1/2 Cups Unbleached Flour
4 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/3 Cup Butter (Cut Up)
2 Beaten Eggs
3/4 Cup Whipping Cream
1 Cup Dried Cherries
1/4 Cup Milk (For Brushing Tops)
1/4 Cups Sugar (For Sprinkling Tops)
Preheat your oven to 400º F. In a small size bowl add the dried cherries and enough boiling water over the cherries to cover. Let stand for 5 minutes. In a large size bowl combine the flour, sugar, kosher salt and baking powder. Cut in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour and set aside. In a medium size bowl combine the eggs and whipping cream. Drain the cherries. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture all at once. Add the cherries. Use a fork to stir just until moistened. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough by folding and pressing it until the dough is almost smooth (about 10 times). Divide the dough in half and roll out each dough half into a circle. Cut each circle into six wedges. Place the dough wedges 2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush the wedges with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Remove and transfer to a serving plate. Serve warm. Makes about 12 scones.