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Cherry Cream Scones Recipe


Cherry Cream Scones

1/3 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup + 1 tbl. half and half
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 egg, separated
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon almond extract

Soak cherries in hot water for 10 minutes and then drain and set aside.

Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together the egg yolk, sour cream, cream and extract. Add this to the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.

Mix in the cherries and then knead the dough lightly on a floured surface (just until dough can be handled).

Shape dough into a ball and pat into a 6-inch circle on a greased baking sheet. Cut into six wedges and brush with beaten egg white and then sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 400ºF. for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 6 scones.

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