Cherry & Almond Sour Cream Scones


cherry almond sour cream sconesCherries, the small and sweet dark red fruits that are full of flavor and fiber are found in plenty in summer. I paired my fresh Cherries with the ever classic Almonds and sour cream to bake these delicious Cherry-Almond Scones. Packed with anti-oxidants and beta-carotene, Cherries are aptly called the "latest super-fruits"! These breakfast scones taste heavenly right out of the oven, and serve to be a perfect weekend brunch with hot tea! Combined with whole-grain flour, sour cream and a pinch of nutmeg, my Cherry Almond Scones were the best way to enjoy the fresh fruits; however, you could easily make these with dried cherries as well. If you enjoy cherries, its hard to resist these scones!

Ingredients
3/4 cup fresh or dried sweet cherries - pitted and chopped
** If you use dried cherries, soak them in warm water for an hour to plump them up
2 cups whole-grain pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tspn baking soda
1/2 tspn salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup cold butter - cut into chunks
1 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
a pinch of nutmeg (optional, for aroma)
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Method
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

With a pastry knife, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it is granular in appearance, like sand, just more grainier.

Mix the sour cream, egg, nutmeg and almond extract together in a small bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the liquid mixture.

Fold in the slivered almonds and cherries, leaving a few for garnish. Stir with a spatula just until moistened. (Note: DO not mix a lot else the cherries will leave out juice and color the entire dough)

Dust the countertop with all-purpose flour and turn the dough out. Pat the dough into a disk about 12 inches in diameter. Cut the disk into small discs or wedges, whatever shape you like.

Place them on an ungreased baking sheet with room around them to expand. (Note: Do not use grease as that can turn your scones more brown in color!) You can use a parchment paper if you want.

Top each scone with split cherries and pinch them slightly in the dough. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until they are lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack till they cool down.

Variations: Try these with golden raisins or dried currants, and use shredded coconut instead of almonds.

These scones taste wonderful straight out of the oven; the tartness of cherries is wonderfully paired with alomnds, and sour cream imparts a smooth rich texture. Top them with some butter or jam, kids would love a topping of whipped cream too! I simply enjoyed my Cherry-Almond Scones with a cup of hot tea for my breakfast!

Related Recipes:
Cranberry-Walnut Scones (Eggless)
Mango Streusel Breakfast Cake
Wholegrain Blueberry Pancakes


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24 comments :

Nags said...

those berries look so yummy! i am yet to try making scones!

Happy cook said...

Have bookmarked them to make it in winter time. Looks realy good

skribles said...

I love cherries! And you have made such wonderful scones with them and almonds ... marking it in my must-try list!
Thanks for sharing.

sowmya said...

nice scones..nevr tried making them...have to soon. your rasberry rolls are also in my to do list now...

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

i havent treid scones yet! they sure are tempting!! :-)and mansi, finally the other thing is comeplete, thot i wud just let u know!!

Uma said...

delicious scones.

Vanamala said...

wonderful recipe ...

mitr_bayarea said...

Mansi-

cherry almon scones look like a great breakfast...have added you to my blog roll for Bay area food bloggers, it was great to meet you on Saturday.

Cham said...

Love cherries, delicious scones :)

Roopa said...

Those scones looks yummy:) Cherr,almond and sour creams sounds a new combination, but I am sure now they make a terrific combo for this scone:)

Trupti said...

lovely scones Manasi..nice photo

Kevin said...

Cherry scones sound really good!

Suma Rajesh said...

delicious and wonderful recipe

Sireesha said...

Nice scones...Never tried making them.....have bookmarked them....will try soon.......

Asha said...

You love your Almonds, don't you? ;D
Looks yum, love scones for breakfast!:)

Kate / Kajal said...

Mansi, you wont believe i just came back from Khar market with a dozen , fragrant Alphonsos ... !!! the first of the season for me :P
wish i could share them with you. I'm still to eat mine. left them in the fridge to get to just the right temperature - chilled !!!

and there are local cherries all over the place too. They taste diff from the cherries in US n elsewhere. They yaste desi ..haha but yet amazing ! The scones look lovely babe .

Mansi Desai said...

you are right Asha! I am loving my almonds right now!:)

Kate - I guess you should eat some mangoes for me too! at least one of us will enjoy it:(

glad all of you liked the scones! sour cream does add a nice texture to them!:)

Archy said...

Wow, looks so yummy these pretty little scones !!

Joanna said...

I like how you've included alternative ingredients for this recipe to make it more versatile

Joanna

Flug New York said...

So yummy! I tried the recipe, it´s just awesome! everyone asked me for it!

Kalai said...

Beautiful scones, Mansi! Am trying these! :)

Dee said...

mansi these look yummy!! I love scones, now my mouth is watering!!!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

These look delicious! I have so many things on my to-do list with cherries in season...and now one more...

Lisa said...

Yeah! Cherries are in season and I just happen to love scones. Great recipe.