White Chocolate Cherry Scones

Can you tell I have developed a thing for scones? I am smitten with them and they have quickly become one of my favorite things to bake.

I love experimenting with different flavor combinations, although I have yet to meet a scone I didn’t like. I picked up some dried sour cherries from my favorite specialty store and wanted to use them in fabulous dessert. I initially contemplated cookies, but after a quick twitter survey and some peer pressure, I decided on scones.

I came across a scone recipe on allrecipes that was developed by the amazing, Pam Anderson and knew it would be a hit. I simply made a few tweaks and ended up with one fabulous recipe. Brian did not think they were sweet enough, but I thought they were just perfect. The texture is divine; a slightly crisp exterior with a buttery melt in your mouth interior. These are great for breakfast with a cup of coffee and will definitely become a staple in your baking repertoire if you give them a try!

On a side note for all you photography nerds…I am a BIG pansy (not confident) when it comes to photography. These are the first photos I have ever shot in RAW format, typically I shoot in JPEG and edit in Photoshop. These were edited in Lightroom and the process was totally out of my comfort zone, but I think I am digging the results. Lesson? Step outside of your box…you may just enjoy the journey and learn something new! I am pretty excited to experiment and hope I can improve my photography!


White Chocolate Cherry Scones

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup dried sour cherries; chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chips; roughly chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in dried cherries and white chocolate.

2. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth; stir in vanilla.

3. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

4. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

5. If desired, drizzle with melted white chocolate after the scones have cooled.

Notes:

1. I added a light egg wash to the top of the scones and a sprinkle of coarse sugar before placing in the oven.

2. I have prepared these in the food processor with fabulous result, simply pulse cold butter into the dry ingredients instead of grating the frozen butter.

3. Add in a variety of ingredients to make your signature scone, think chocolate chips, nuts, espresso powder... endless possibilities!

adapted from Pam Anderson


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37 Responses to “White Chocolate Cherry Scones”

  1. Hannah — April 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    the raw photos are beautiful! did you find the files were huge? that’s why i never shoot in raw!

    these scones sounds like perfection!

    • Jamie — April 22nd, 2010 at 10:40 pm

      thanks, hannah! the files are definitely much larger, but i am going to start placing them on external hard drive.

  2. Cookin' Canuck — April 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Gorgeous photos – well done stepping out of your comfort zone! I like the combination of sweet in sour in this scone recipe.

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet — April 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    White chocolate and cherry is one of my favorite combos. I just made a granola with it and I love it. Looks fabulous. :)

  4. hannah @ thepastrykook — April 23, 2010 at 12:26 am

    i think your photography AND the scones are looking pretty awesome! (: i, myself, need a dslr camera. :D

  5. Margarita — April 23, 2010 at 1:04 am

    That looks absolutely delicious!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures :)

  6. Cherine — April 23, 2010 at 2:53 am

    The scones look very inviting and delicious!! Gorgeous photos as usual :)

  7. shelly (cookies and cups) — April 23, 2010 at 8:49 am

    gorgeous photos and the scones look good too ;)

  8. Katie — April 23, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I love scones and these look delicious. Like the combo of using white chocolate with the cherries, I normally go for dark, but I can imagine white tasted fab

  9. Sharlene — April 23, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I love using white chocolate to balance out a fruit. These look delicious!

  10. My Kitchen in the Rockies — April 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

    The picture is wonderful. Thanks for the recipe. The scones look so yummy.

  11. Su-yin — April 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Love the RAW photos – I’m still shooting in jpeg, will have to follow in your shoes and start experimenting with RAW now! :P Amazing photos.

  12. Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle — April 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I love the combination of cherry and white chocolate and I love scones albeit not a scone-aholic like you. Will have to try these; it’s a cold snowy day in the Rockies and I could use a warm scone right about NOW!

    Would love to know more about your experience with RAW; what did you see as the biggest benefit in the eventual finished product?

    • Jamie — April 23rd, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      Barb-
      Raw allows you to edit many different aspects of the photo. If using Lightroom and RAW format, you can edit exposure and white balance without compromising the quality of the image. I am just starting to play around, but I really like it! Downside is the files are ginormous!
      -Jamie

  13. lisaiscooking — April 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I too have a thing for scones! I was just flipping through books looking for a new and different scone idea yesterday. The mix of dried cherries and white chocolate sounds fantastic!

  14. Sara — April 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    These white chocolate cherry scones look delicious!!! I love your photography too! Bravo!!! :)

  15. Maria — April 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I haven’t tried sour cream in my scones-yogurt, cream, and buttermilk, but not sour cream. I will be making these soon. I love a good scone. Your photos amaze me!

    • Jamie — April 23rd, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      I really love the flavor and texture the sour cream imparts…tasty tasty scones!
      Thanks so much for the kind words on the photos!

  16. christina aguilera karaoke — April 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    There is no one in this world who likes white chocolate than me.!

  17. bunkycooks — April 24, 2010 at 8:37 am

    The scones look totally yummy! I do not like them when they are too sweet, so these would probably be perfect for me. The pics look great, so I think you have it figured out! :)

  18. Eileen — April 24, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Your photos are beautiful!

  19. Jessy — April 24, 2010 at 10:57 am

    The white chocolate with the cherry sounds heavenly! I too am growing very fond of scones these days; and my family is loving the addiction! LOL

    BTW – Your pictures are very beautiful – good photography.

  20. Evan — April 25, 2010 at 10:07 am

    You and I are on the same page :) I LOVE scones.. they’re quite possibly my favorite breakfast baked good. I can’t wait to try these.

  21. Maja H. — April 29, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I ditto the comments above, but I must confess it was the napkin that caught my eye. Where did you get such a beautiful napkin and how long ago? I would love to get a set for my table.

    • Jamie — April 29th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      Maja-
      Thanks for stopping by, even if it is the napkin that lured you in! The napkins are from World Market, I purchased them in store a few weeks ago. Have a great day!
      -Jamie

  22. Dawn Stiffler — October 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I just baked these, absolutely delicious! They were quick and easy to make. I used my food processor to cut in the butter with the flour mixture. Definitely recommend! Mmmmmmmmm good!

  23. Karyn — March 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve just discovered you fabulous website. Thank you for this recipe and the beautiful photographs. Scones are my weakness and I’ve been looking for a recipe that’s quick and flexible, and of course delicious! The first batch I made was the “original”, then I tried dried cranberries and semi-sweet chocolate chunks. My next foray into the kitchen will be crystallized ginger and currants. That will have to wait until I hit the gym to work off the previous batches though :)

  24. Lisa — September 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I have made these twice! They are easy to make and are delicious!

    • Jamie — September 19th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Lisa-
      I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, thanks for coming back and telling us your thoughts! Have a great day.
      -Jamie

  25. Dhivya — October 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Jamie,
    Your scones look absolutely delish. Though I am not a big fan, I want to make these for my friend who is crazy about scones. I would like to know for how many days these scones will stay fresh.

    I love your website! More than the recipes I love looking at the photographs..:)

    Thanks

    • Jamie — October 22nd, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Dhivya-
      Hi! I would say that although scones are best served the day they are made, they’ll definitely keep for a couple of days in an airtight container. I hope this helps.
      -Jamie

  26. sonaly — November 27, 2014 at 5:16 am

    PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE This is pure delight for your taste buds.

    CHERRY-MINT CHOCOLATE a burst of cherry zest

    Both are great flavour

    • Jamie — November 28th, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Sonaly-
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

      -Jamie

  27. sonaly — December 18, 2014 at 5:56 am

    superb flavour

    • Jamie — December 18th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Sonaly!

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