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Sour Cherry & Walnut Scones

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Yields 8 scones.

These scones have a fine, tender crumb because of the cake flour and lack of kneading. The dusting of cinnamon sugar complements the tartness of the  cherries.

  • 1/4 cup plus 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 oz. (1 cup) cake flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. finely grated orange  zest
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 lb. (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4-1/2 oz. (3/4 cup) dried tart cherries
  • 2 oz. (1/2 cup) walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. In a small bowl, mix 3  Tbs. of the sugar with the cinnamon.

In a large bowl, whisk the two flours, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the baking powder, orange zest, and baking soda until well blended. Cut the butter cubes into the flour mixture with a pastry blender (or two table knives) until the mixture looks like cornmeal with a few butter lumps no larger than peas. Stir in the cherries and walnuts. Add the buttermilk and stir just until no dry flour is visible; the dough will be wet and sticky.

Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured board and pat into a 1-inch-thick round. Cut into eight wedges. With a spatula, transfer the wedges to the baking sheet, spacing them about 2  inches apart. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the scones. Bake until the tops of the scones are firm to the touch and the edges and bottoms are lightly golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Photo: Scott Phillips

My 10 year old and I made these tonight and they were SO easy and incredibly delicious!!! We used a scone pan instead of using a cookie pan and they came out perfectly. Wonderful recipe!

Made them for Easter brunch. AWESOME! tender, tasty. will be a keeper!

Very good! :) I omitted the walnuts and was still very happy with the result.

Very good results with minimal effort. It was hard to eat just one.

The best scone I have ever eaten! I subscribed because I lost this issue when I moved and never found another scone recipe that was as good. It also works well with currants and other dried fruit substitutes.

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