cherry-almond scones

May 30, 2012

in Breakfast & Muffins

In the last few months, I’ve watched nearby cherry trees transform from blossom-filled beauties to their current state, laden with wine-colored cherries. I’m drawn to overflowing green baskets at the farmers’ market, buying what seems like my weight in cherries. The sweet fruit pairs effortlessly with almond (see my mini cherry-almond tea cakes and cherry brown butter bars) and when I recalled my longstanding love of scones, I quickly settled on a new medium for the complementary flavors.

These buttery cherry-almond scones beckon you to the table, especially fresh from the oven and slightly cooled. Fresh cherries appear like jewels in each triangle, and sliced almonds with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar are the only adornment needed.

Cherry-Almond Scones
2 cups plus 1 Tbsp flour, divided
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup chilled unsalted butter
1 cup cherries, pitted and quartered
2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 tsp almond extract

Topping
1 Tbsp sliced almonds
1 Tbsp turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Dice butter into 1/2-inch pieces; sprinkle over flour mixture and use a pastry cutter to cut in evenly until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Place cherries between layers of paper towels and press gently to remove moisture. Combine with 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl; toss with a fork to coat. Add cherry mixture to flour mixture, folding in gently. Whisk together buttermilk, egg, and almond extract in a small bowl; add to flour mixture and fold in just until moist.

Use a floured bench scraper to scrape dough out onto prepared baking sheet; lightly flour hands and pat dough into an 8-inch circle. Score into 12 wedges with bench scraper; sprinkle dough with sliced almonds and turbinado sugar. Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet, then carefully transfer to wire rack to cool before slicing into wedges. Store leftovers in an airtight container up to 1 day and warm before serving.

Yield – 12 scones (serving size: 1 scone)
Calories – 160
Carbs – 25

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33 Comments

1 Baker Street May 30, 2012

Just the sound of cherry almond scones are making me go weak in the knees! Fantastic recipe, Laura!

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2 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 30, 2012

Beautiful! Love all of the cherries!

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3 Matt May 30, 2012

Looks fantstic!

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4 Jenn May 30, 2012

Oh these are enticing all right… Hardly fair to post these without offering free samples :)

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5 Tutti Dolci May 30, 2012

Now that’s an idea – a good way to launch a scone business :).

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6 Julia {The Roasted Root} May 30, 2012

Can’t believe I’m about to admit this, but I have never baked with cherries. Your recipe looks fantastic…”buttery” sounds awesome to me! I’d love one with some honey drizzled on it!

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7 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings May 30, 2012

Oooh, I can’t wait to try these! The cherry-almond combo for me is a winner. I can never resist this dreamy combination! I’m gonna check out your mini cherry almond tea cakes and cherry brown butter bars now…

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8 Valerie May 30, 2012

These scones are delightful. And I imagine that they would be perfect with coffee or tea! (You put that cherry pitter to good use!) :D

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9 Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin May 30, 2012

These look wonderful and I love the coordinating cherry towel! :) P.S. Just saw the photo for your black forest cookies and I have to find the time to try out the recipe. They are destined to become my husband’s favorite cookie!

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10 Susan May 30, 2012

Just gorgeous, Laura! I have some cherries in the refrigerator right now!

I’m giving you the “One Lovely Blog Award.” Please stop by my blog to “pick it up.” http://www.createamazingmeals.com/2012/05/one-lovely-blog-award.html

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11 cassie May 30, 2012

Wow, I guess it was scone day! I love these, Laura. I made some cranberry almond scones last spring and they are still my favorites. Scones are always a winner in my book. Love the cherry flavor!

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12 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) May 30, 2012

I have to make these when our fresh WA cherries come in next month. My husband LOVES scones :)

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13 Jennifer May 30, 2012

I love scones! These look fantastic.

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14 Grammy May 30, 2012

Laura, if these taste as good as they look, they will be fantastic. I will try these because the almond flavoring is so tantilizing…in everything.

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15 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } May 30, 2012

What a perfect flavor combination! I really enjoy making scones on the weekend and need to save this to make in the near future. Lovely!!

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16 Katie {Epicurean Mom} May 30, 2012

I LOVE cherry Laura! These are my perfect scones!! Actually my perfect breakfast!

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17 Nami | Just One Cookbook May 30, 2012

I absolutely love scones but never had cherry one! This sounds really delicious Laura!! And I love the matching cherry linen. This post is SUPER cute!!

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18 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 31, 2012

They look wonderful! I love the flavour combo too :)

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19 Ozlem's Turkish Table May 31, 2012

they look absolutely delicious! Love almonds and use them a lot in cakes, now I look forward to trying your delicious scones – it will be perfect for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee coming up this weekend in England.
Thank you!

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20 Patty May 31, 2012

I love this flavor combination in a fresh baked scone and cherry season.
I want to check out the farmers market when I get home next week, can’t wait to see the cherries come in;-)

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21 Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies May 31, 2012

I’m so glad it’s cherry season! These look marvelous!

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22 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 31, 2012

Your scones are so perfectly cut! And they look so fluffy and airy. I’ll have to try this almond-cherry combo soon!

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23 Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) May 31, 2012

yum!! these sound fantastic!

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24 Charles May 31, 2012

Beautiful, Laura! Also, this might just sound stupid, but I just understood why scones are triangular shaped :D, lol. I’ve always made them round myself!

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25 JJ @ 84thand3rd June 1, 2012

I adore fresh cherries – what a great way to use them. The scones look delicious!

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26 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) June 1, 2012

Cherries and almonds in a scone–yum! These look perfect, Laura. :)

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27 Deb June 1, 2012

I have made scones with dried cherries, but not the juicy, plump, fresh, little gems of early summer! A most splendid scone, just irresistible.

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28 Sandra's Easy Cooking June 1, 2012

Great post and as always great baked goodies! Love your recipe and photos are beautiful too!!!! Have a wonderful weekend sweetie!

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29 the wicked noodle June 4, 2012

I love scones! I don’t know that I’ve ever had them with fresh cherries and I can’t wait to try! I haven’t made scones in some time – thanks for the inspiration!

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30 Magic of Spice June 6, 2012

These look wonderful! My grandparents had cherry trees when I was a kid…always reminds me of childhood summers :)

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31 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} June 6, 2012

I haven’t seen cherries this year but I’m so ready for their season! I love love them and your cherry desserts are so tempting!
Making scones every Saturday morning for breakfast is a must around here :)

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32 Krista June 11, 2012

What wonderful scones! Our farmer’s markets haven’t begun yet but I can’t wait until they do. Gonna pick me up some cherries!

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33 Renee Adams February 5, 2014

Yummmm! These have JUST cooled enough to eat and are incredible! Oh, thank you for the fantastic recipe :) This was the first time I’ve baked with fresh cherries, and I am going to do so every time I get the chance. Delicious recipe, thank you…

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