Cherry, Vanilla Bean & White Chocolate Scones

Cherry is not something I grew up with in my scones, but it is one of my favorite flavors.

You could make these scones with the candied red cherries that you can get at Christmas… I like this brand which I buy on Amazon – Candied Fruit – 1 Lb Tub (Red Cherries).

Here I’ve used a dried cherry, no extra sugar added. The sweetness of the chocolate and vanilla negate the need for the extra sugar.

This is as close to perfect as I’ve found so far, the key is a set of baking scales, because cups are just not accurate enough… I recently purchased this very reasonable set on Amazon, Weighmax Electronic Kitchen Scale 

Baking Scales Amazon Prime

They are only $11 and you can free delivery if you have Amazon Prime.

This recipe calls for Vanilla Bean… it’s become so expensive recently and I’ve taken to using this in both my scone recipes and whipped cream…. yummy! Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste

Get you some!!

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Cherry, Vanilla Bean & White Chocolate Scones
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 220C (200C fan assisted)/425F/Gas 7.
  2. Line baking tray with parchment paper
  3. use 1lb of the flour into a large bowl and add the butter. Rub the flour and butter together with your fingers to create a breadcrumb-like mixture.
  4. Add the sugar, eggs and baking powder and use a wooden spoon to turn the mixture gently. Add the chocolate chips and cherries at this point. Make sure you mix all the way down to the bottom and incorporate all of the ingredients.
  5. Now add half of the milk with vanilla mixed in and keep turning the mixture gently with the spoon to combine. Then add the remaining milk a little at a time and bring everything together to form a very soft, wet dough. (You may not need to add all of the milk.)
  6. Sprinkle most of the remaining flour onto a clean work surface. Tip the soft dough out onto the work surface and sprinkle the rest of the flour on top. The mixture will be wet and sticky.
  7. Next roll the dough out: sprinkle flour onto the work surface and the top of the dough, then use the rolling pin to roll up from the middle and then down from the middle. Turn the dough by 90 degrees and continue to roll until it’s about 2.5cm/1in thick. ‘Relax’ the dough slightly by lifting the edges and allowing the dough to drop back onto the work surface.
  8. Using a pastry cutter, stamp out rounds from the pastry and place them onto the baking tray. Dip the edge of the pastry cutter in flour to make it easier to cut out the scones without them sticking. Don’t twist the cutter – just press firmly, then lift it up and push the dough out.
  9. Once you’ve cut 4 or 5 rounds you can re-work and re-roll the dough to make it easier to cut out the remaining rounds. Any leftover dough can be worked and rolled again, but the resulting scones won’t be as fluffy.
  10. Place the scones on the baking tray and leave them to rest for a few minutes to let the baking powder work. Then use a pastry brush (or your finger if you don’t have a brush) to glaze them with the beaten egg and salt mixture. Be careful to keep the glaze on the top of the scones. (If it runs down the sides it will stop them rising evenly.
  11. Bake the scones in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes, or until the scones are risen and golden-brown.
  12. Leave the scones to cool, then split in half and add butter, jam and clotted cream to serve.
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Cheddar & Chive Scones

Recently I’ve been concentrating on perfecting the perfect sweet scone.

We’ve had numerous different concoctions, yesterday was a Strawberry Vanilla, and earlier in the week I made Cranberry Orange with a hint of cinnamon….

Hubby has been whining on about a cheese scone for weeks now, so when in the store earlier I picked up a block of Kerrygold Cheddar and some chives, and acquiesced to his demands!

You don’t have to use Kerrygold, but just make sure you pick up some nice aged cheddar in a block that you can finely grate… non of that waxy pre-shredded stuff….

 

Let me know what you put on your scones… we just had with butter! (Kerrygold of course!)

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Cheddar & Chive Scones
Course Scones
Cuisine English
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Course Scones
Cuisine English
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 220C. 425F
  2. Put the flour, baking powder, salt and mustard powder into a large mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  3. Grate in the butter, then rub it in with your fingertips until it looks like wet sand.
  4. Finely grate in the cheese, add the chives, and then stir to combine.
  5. Mix in the buttermilk and water until the dough just comes away from the edge of the bowl; don’t handle it any more than is necessary.
  6. Tip on to a very lightly floured surface and flatten into a rectangle about 2.5cm high. Cut out with a fluted cutter (about 6cm / 2.5" wide for 12 scones), reshaping as necessary while handling the dough as little as possible.
  7. Put on a baking tray and brush the egg and milk mixture.
  8. Bake for about 12 minutes until golden. Allow to cool slightly on a rack before splitting open.
Recipe Notes

Delicious spread with butter!

For those of you who like to use American Cup measurement

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English Plain Scone

It’s not something we every had in our house, a plain scone, but traditionally tea rooms in England will serve a plain scone with strawberry jam (jelly) and clotted or Devon cream.

It’s great to have a perfect plain scone recipe to then be able to add your favorite ingredients too.

This is as close to perfect as I’ve found so far, the key is a set of baking scales, because cups are just not accurate enough… I recently purchased this very reasonable set on Amazon, Weighmax Electronic Kitchen Scale 

Baking Scales Amazon Prime

They are only $11 and you can free delivery if you have Amazon Prime.

I’m excited because English recipes are going to be a breeze now and I don’t have to use my postal scales anymore LOL 🙂

 

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English Plain Scone
Delicious English scone recipe Adapted from Paul Hollingwood's recipe
Plain scone
Course Scones
Cuisine English
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Course Scones
Cuisine English
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Plain scone
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 220C (200C fan assisted)/425F/Gas 7.
  2. Line baking tray with parchment paper
  3. use 1lb of the flour into a large bowl and add the butter. Rub the flour and butter together with your fingers to create a breadcrumb-like mixture.
  4. Add the sugar, eggs and baking powder and use a wooden spoon to turn the mixture gently. Make sure you mix all the way down to the bottom and incorporate all of the ingredients.
  5. Now add half of the milk and keep turning the mixture gently with the spoon to combine. Then add the remaining milk a little at a time and bring everything together to form a very soft, wet dough. (You may not need to add all of the milk.)
  6. Sprinkle most of the remaining flour onto a clean work surface. Tip the soft dough out onto the work surface and sprinkle the rest of the flour on top. The mixture will be wet and sticky.
  7. Next roll the dough out: sprinkle flour onto the work surface and the top of the dough, then use the rolling pin to roll up from the middle and then down from the middle. Turn the dough by 90 degrees and continue to roll until it’s about 2.5cm/1in thick. ‘Relax’ the dough slightly by lifting the edges and allowing the dough to drop back onto the work surface.
  8. Using a pastry cutter, stamp out rounds from the pastry and place them onto the baking tray. Dip the edge of the pastry cutter in flour to make it easier to cut out the scones without them sticking. Don’t twist the cutter – just press firmly, then lift it up and push the dough out.
  9. Once you’ve cut 4 or 5 rounds you can re-work and re-roll the dough to make it easier to cut out the remaining rounds. Any leftover dough can be worked and rolled again, but the resulting scones won’t be as fluffy.
  10. Place the scones on the baking tray and leave them to rest for a few minutes to let the baking powder work. Then use a pastry brush (or your finger if you don’t have a brush) to glaze them with the beaten egg and salt mixture. Be careful to keep the glaze on the top of the scones. (If it runs down the sides it will stop them rising evenly.
  11. Bake the scones in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes, or until the scones are risen and golden-brown.
  12. Leave the scones to cool, then split in half and add butter, jam and clotted cream to serve.
Recipe Notes

REMEMBER... don't overwork your dough!

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Mixed Berry Scones

It’s taken me a long time to perfect my scone recipe since arriving in America. My recipes from England just didn’t work out here… whether it was the Florida humidity or the ingredients, who knows, but these turn out very much like scones from home… yummy!

Scones should be moist on the inside and firm on the outside, just a little brown and I like to add Turbinado sugar on the outside, but you can leave or substitute for regular sugar if you prefer!

Enjoy!

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Mixed Berry Scones
Delicious, moist mixed berry scones
Course Scones
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Course Scones
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat Oven to 400F. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together into large bowl
  2. Cut in butter until pea size ( you can use pastry cutter or your cold fingers!)
  3. Add berries
  4. Mix cream and sour cream and then mix in flour mixture... pull together... add little more cream if too dry.. don't over work...
  5. Lightly roll to about 3/4 inch thick and arrange on baking tray covered with parchment, just touching each other.
  6. Mix the egg and milk for an egg wash and brush each scone, sprinkle with sugar if preferred
  7. Cook for 12-15 minutes - you are looking for a golden brown
Recipe Notes

The key to gorgeous scones is not to over work the dough... don't over kneed to bring together, and if you roll out, not too thing else they will not rise.

Enjoy warm with some cherry jam and fresh cream... or else some nice Kerrygold butter!

You can store in a sealed container or in the fridge for a few days, just give them 20 secs to warm through in the microwave.

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