Friday, September 2, 2011

I've been baking them! I've just been using old recipes! Here's an new one:

Cherry-vanilla scones
based on almond-glazed cherry scones from Loving My Domestic Life

2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup cold butter

1 egg, beaten
3 Tbsp brown sugar syrup* (more if you like your scones sweeter, but not more than 4 1/2 T)
3 T plain yogurt
2 tsp vanilla or seeds from 2-3 fresh vanilla beans, (depending on how much you want to increase your mortgage so you can afford the beans)

3/4- 1 cup fresh cherries; stemmed, pitted, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients and cut butter into dry mixture using a pastry cutter or two knives. Mixture should resemble coarse crumbs. In a separate bowl, beat the liquid ingredients until well mixed and fold into dry ingredients. You may need to knead it lightly to moisten it entirely.

Divide the dough into two equal portions, and form them into discs, about 8" x 1/2". Press the cherries onto one disc, and then lay the other on top, gently pressing them together with your fingers. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll this "sandwich" into a 10-12 inch disc, turning once, and being careful not to push the cherries through the dough.

Cut into 8 equal wedges (a pizza cutter works brilliantly for this).

Bake for approximately 15 minutes

* to make the sugar syrup, put 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of brown or evaporated cane sugar, plus 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar (to keep it from recrystalizing) in a small sauce pan. Bring to a light boil then simmer for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. You may need to put it on intermittent heat, or on a burner ring to keep it from burning. Do NOT walk away from it. Boil it down to 1/2 cup. Will keep in a closed jar for months, as it is essentially molasses.

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