Is it just me, or has Family Friendly Fridays turned into a weekly display of rich and decadent “gotta have it now” desserts? Just thinking back off hand, I can recall a caramel apple cake that threatened to not only put apples back on the map, but permanently launch them to the top of the charts. And then there was the pretzel toffee crusted chocolate cake. Mamma Mia, bring out the milk cuz a second slice of that beauty was inevitable. And let’s not forget the chocolate churros. And I know I wasn’t the only convert to those. My friend Mari over at Mari’s cakes reported back to me that she made them a whopping six times! Seriously sweet.
Not that I’m complaining. I never meet a sweet I don’t like and am quite talented when it comes to engineering an excuse to bake up a meal-ending confection. Especially if it’s a treat like this one.
Now I know that scones are typically a breakfast food, but honestly, who made that rule up anyway. Certainly not me. And with the creation of this recipe, you can bring on the dessert. And hey, if you want to have it for breakfast. I’m all for that too.
Grab up a few dry ingredients and blend in a bit of butter. Ok a bit and a half.
Now we’ll add in the good stuff. Cherries and chocolate chips anyone? Just looking at that picture puts a smile on my face.
And just a note. I used Trader Joe’s Morello Cherries for the fruit and juice. Seriously good fruit filling. If you can’t find cherries and juice and want to get adventurous, I plan to try them again (although I haven’t yet; hence I have no idea how they’ll turn out) subbing cherry pie filling and dropping the sugar addition down to around 1/4 cup. If you decide to test them that way, let me know if it’s winner or a flop.
Pink scones anyone? Easter appropriate colors for sure.
Your dough will be a bit sticky at this point. Just bring it out of the bowl and onto a floured surface. Gently knead a little more flour into the dough until you have a ball that looks a bit like this.
At this point, you have one of two choices. You can pull out your trusty scone pan and load a heapful of dough into each hole or, if you don’t have a scone pan, you can flatten out your dough ball to form a 1″ high circle and cut 8 slices from there. I have a scone pan so that’s the direction I took.
Pop your pan in the oven and cook those little buggers up until they’re good and baked. Mmmmm. Scones.
An optional, but worthy finish is to heat up a little cream, melt some more white chocolate, add a little almond extract and powdered sugar and create a really, really kick booty glaze to pour over the top (this is where we start crossing over into the dessert category with incredibly high speed) of the above, still warm from the oven, scone.
Who says Fridays can’t be all about dessert?
Cherry Almond White Chocolate Scones
Yield: 8 Scones
Total Time: 1 hour
For the Scones:
3/4 Cup White Sugar
31/4 Cups Flour
11/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
11/2 Sticks Butter
3/4 Cup Buttermilk
1/4 Cup Cherry Juice
1 tsp Almond Extract
3/4 Cup Cherries
3/4 Cup White Chocolate Chips
For the Glaze:
1/2 Cup Cream (Light or Heavy works)
1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips
1 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
Begin by adding together your dry ingredients; the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt.
Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter. If you don't have a pastry cutter, a fork or two knives also will work.
Mix together the buttermilk, cherry juice, almond extract, cherries and chocolate chips.
Combine it with the flour until just mixed and form it into a ball of dough.
If you use cherries in juice like I did, you may need a little extra flour. If this is the case, simply bring it out onto a floured surface and gently knead in any extra flour (about 1/4 cup) that's needed until you have a suitable dough.The less kneading the better.
Place sections of dough into a scone pan or flatten out your ball to a 1" circle and cut 8 slices.
If you're using a scone pan, place into the oven at 350 for 30 to 35 min. If you're baking straight from a baking sheet, your time may be a few minutes less.
To make the glaze, heat up the cream until it just begins to steam.
Remove from heat and add in the chocolate chips. Stir a few times until melted.
Add in the almond extract and powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth.
Serve over scones.
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OMGosh..if I only had the white cho chips, I would be making these, RIGHT NOW. They sound and look wonderful.
Thanks much for the recipe and for hosting.
Mmmm! That picture with the cherries and white chocolate chips made me quite happy too. =)
By the way, I made your Irish Soda Bread last night and it was a HIT with my Bible study group. I reviewed it on TK and I’ll be blogging about it soon. Thanks for your awesome recipes! I love your blog. =)
Julie, I have that exact jar of cherries in my pantry, and that exact scone pan in my pan arsenal…so now I know just what I need to do this weekend!
These look awesome. It’s amazing how good cherries are as opposed to cherry-flavored things. Have a great weekend!!
Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum says
Yummmmy! I love cherries, but dislike cherry flavor. This looks so delicious with the morello cherries and white chocolate. And this would definitely cross into the dessert category for me in a heartbeat!!
Laura in Cancun says
I’m not a huge fan of scones, but you might have won me over with the photo of cherries and white chocolate chips!
Cherry and chocolate is a great combination. These look terrific!
Mari's Cakes says
Julie, what is your address? I need to pick up my piece of scone. LOL They look delicious and what a wonderful combination of flavors!
Have a great weekend :0)
Cherry and Almond work so well together! These are beautiful scones! I’ve never participated in the Family Friendly Friday before. I host a recipe feature on Thursday, but I might try to participate in this next week! 😀
Big Boys Oven says
Just awesome! 🙂
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says
I have those cherries too! I love them so much, I always have a jar in my pantry. The scones are so tall beautiful, lovely.
Sanjeeta kk says
You are such an innovative baker, Julie! Never thought of making a pink scone..and these look so wonderful.
These are gorgeous and look so good! Oh man…I need them NOW!
Yeah, I want to try those cherries too! I’ve never seen them before. Lovely scones.
oh so yummy… and thanks for the tip on the tj’s cherries! happy weekend!
Any scone that looks pink makes me smile. And of course, you can’t go wrong with some white chocolate! Thank you so much for sharing your words and creativity with me tonight. During good times and bad, your blog always offers me a dose of joy. I hope you have a blessed and happy Sunday, my friend. Hugs from Austin!
These scones are scrumptious Julie! I love cherries and so does my son!
Anna Johnston says
Woweee Julie, white chocie and CHERRIES, awesome 🙂 Love the scone pan, I’ve not seen one of those 🙂
5 Star Foodie says
Cherry almond chocolate is such an amazing flavor combination and it sounds perfect in these scrumptious scones, love this!
atta girl–you’ve found one more way to sneak chocolate into legitimate breakfast foods! 🙂