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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!


Two cherry white chocolate scones sitting in a white mug stacked on another on a plate with a spoon

White Chocolate Cherry Scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

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

Instructions

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!

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sonaly

Thursday 18th of December 2014

superb flavour

Jamie

Thursday 18th of December 2014

Thanks so much, Sonaly!

sonaly

Thursday 27th of November 2014

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE This is pure delight for your taste buds.

CHERRY-MINT CHOCOLATE a burst of cherry zest

Both are great flavour

Jamie

Friday 28th of November 2014

Sonaly- Thanks so much for stopping by.

-Jamie

Dhivya

Thursday 18th of October 2012

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

Monday 22nd of October 2012

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

Lisa

Tuesday 18th of September 2012

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

Jamie

Wednesday 19th of September 2012

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

Karyn

Wednesday 9th of March 2011

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 :)

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