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Traditional sweet scone recipe, jewelled with glace cherries to make the best ever cherry scones. With lots of tips and tricks for the perfect scone.
Scones will forever remind me of my first job. It was a little café-come-florists and I was a waitress at age 15, working for £3.50/hour. Alongside countless cappuccinos, lattes and americanos, the most popular order was Cherry Scones.
I learnt a lot from that first job. Mostly that I was a terrible waitress, something I vowed to never work as again. I also quit when I got my lip pierced and they gave me an ultimatum of taking it out or not coming back. I chose the latter. But that’s a story for another day!
This café was known for their scones however. Scone and a coffee, an order I would take down numerous times a day, with cherry scones always, always being the favourite. Back then, I preferred a plain scone, or at push a fruit scone. I had grown up being used to giving any glacé cherries on baked goods to my Dad, finding them to be too sweet and chewy. It’s fascinating how tastes can change like that as we grow!
However, when my kids started going to a local softplay on the regular, I found myself opting for my own regular order of a scone and a coffee diet coke. I’m not sure why I suddenly starting opting for cherry scones, perhaps there was a day when it was all that was available, but I quickly found myself choosing them over any other scone offerings.
I can now say with confidence that cherry scones are my favourite scone by a long shot. Unless it’s fruit scones that Granny has made. Or a cheese scone on a cold day. Although plain scones are good too, especially with lots of butter…
Self-raising FlourScones are generally quite dense in texture but there are a few elements in the ingredients that help prevent them from being like biting into a rock. One of those is the raising agents. Self-raising flour already has a raising agent incorporated…as the name would suggest.
Baking PowderAs well as the raising agent in the flour, baking powder adds a bit of lift to scones.Baking powder is a convenient choice as it is a ready-mixed leavening agent, generally made of bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar (usually some cornflour too). In fact, our Fruit Scone Recipe simply uses a combination of bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar, as opposed to baking powder.
Caster SugarIn terms of scones, Cherry Scones would fall into the “rich scone” category. Traditionally this would also mean the addition of an egg alongside the sugar, however in this recipe the caster sugar is all that is called for.
Margarine or ButterIn terms of flavour, butter is always king when it comes to baking scones. However, when it comes to texture, a decent block margarine can be just as good. You want your butter/margarine to be cold though, as this will allow you to crumble it into the flour & sugar without it turning to mush; instead you want it to make a sand-like consistency. It is these little “grains” of buttery sand that will melt during baking, leaving a beautiful air-pocketed texture within your scones.
MilkThe liquid that brings it all together. You can use whichever milk you prefer, but a full-fat milk produces the richest scones. Dairy-alternative milks also work great in scones, with soya being my personal favourite.
YoghurtNot a traditional addition for scone recipe purists, however the choice to add yoghurt to your recipe goes beyond taste – more-so, it is science! The acid in the yoghurt reacts with the alkaline in baking powder, causing a chemical reaction. For those like myself who never excelled in chemistry…it basically makes some bubbles in your batter and in turn, an even lighter textured scone.The choice of yoghurt is yours however. A plain yoghurt is great, as it a soya yoghurt or a coconut yoghurt (what is used in these photos). Generally speaking, you want to use a yoghurt that isn’t too sweet or flavoured.Common alternatives that can be used in the same way as yoghurt include buttermilk and sour cream.
Glacé CherriesThe star of the show in these Cherry Scones is of course the cherries! Glacé Cherries are favoured in baking due to their sweet taste and candied texture.Some cakes that involve cherries will call for tossing them in flour to avoid them sinking; don’t worry about this in scones though, they will be coated in the flour when added to the dry ingredients and the dough is not thin enough to allow them to sink during baking anyway.
• For great scones you want cold ingredients and a hot oven. Use margarine/butter that is a little cold and ensure you fully pre-heat your oven.
• Try to get as much air into your dough by sifting the dry ingredients from a bit of height and raising your fingers as you rub in the butter.
• Scones require a soft touch so don’t be too rough with your mixing and kneading.
• Put down the rolling pin! Simply stretch out your dough with your hands. And always leave it a little thicker than you think you should.
• When you cut your scones from the dough DO NOT twist your cookie cutter. This will twist the edges of the dough and prevent them from rising as well. And by doing so, you will make Granny want to cry.
• Always leave your scones to rest before baking. This lets the gluten in the flour rest. 10 minutes is ideal but if you can do longer, even better.
• A beaten egg gives the best colour to scones when brushed on top but milk is my personal preference. Just be careful that you don’t let it run down the sides of your scones or it could effect the rise.
Dairy-free: To make this a dairy-free scones recipe, simply use a dairy-free milk, yoghurt & margarine for a dairy-free scone.
Nut-free: There are no nuts used in this scone recipe but, as always, be sure to double check your individual ingredients allergens list.
Vegan: As there is no egg in this scone recipe, simply follow the dairy-free tips above to make these a vegan cherry scones recipe. The scones pictured are actually vegan, made with dairy-free margarine, soya milk and coconut yoghurt.
What sort of yoghurt do you use?
I wasn’t very clear on that, was I? I’ve now updated the ingredients and recipe to be more informative in regards to that.
To answer your question though, any plain yoghurt is fine. Dairy, soya, coconut… A yoghurt that isn’t too sweet or flavoured is perfect.
Thanks for that. Never used yoghurt in my scones before. Will give it a go.
Can I use double cream instead of milk? Thank you
If I don’t have yogurt do I need to increase the amount of milk?
I have been making scones for many years, using a Good Housekeeping recipe. I searched online for something different and I can honestly say that these are the best I have ever made. Thank you so much.
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