I did change a few measurements - a little less baking powder, a little more buttermilk because the batter was so firm, lemon zest instead of almond extract, and a slightly lower temperature since my oven runs a little hot sometimes. But all in all, a lovely new recipe for those special brunches. Many thanks to Table for Two!
Fresh Cherry Scones
Preheat oven to 375F
Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
For the scones:
3 cups King Arthur all purpose flour
zest of half a lemon (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into tiny cubes
1 1/4 cups buttermilk plus a little more if needed
1 cup halved fresh cherries
For the glaze:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
few drops of almond or vanilla extract
Place the flour, lemon zest, sugar, baking powder and baking soda, and salt into the mixer bowl and mix briefly.
Add the butter and use a pastry blender to break the butter pieces down before using the mixer - I've found the dough gets too tough if I use the beater blade too much.
Pour in the buttermilk and mix just until the dough comes together - if it's too thick, add another 1/4 cup buttermilk and quickly stir again.
Gently stir in the cherries quickly and without staining the dough too much.
Use an ice cream scoop to space out 7 scones per sheet and sprinkle scones with sparkling sugar before sliding into the upper third of the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, remove to cooling rack, then bake the other sheet . Using a spatula if needed, remove the first scones to a cooling rack to cool completely before icing, then do the same with the second sheet.
When scones are completely cool, mix up the glaze with a small whisk and drizzle quickly over cooled scones, using the whisk or a fork to make zig-zag lines. Let dry completely before placing on a platter. This made 14 scones.
I just got a new picture of our Izzie - who has grown SO much I can't believe it! Minnesota seems to be agreeing with all of them - and they are constantly biking or hiking, swimming or visiting museums, or taking the Light Rail trains, which Frankie is mad about. And Noah? Mr. Tractor is finally walking and talking!