Cherry Scones with Toasted Almonds
Cherry scones with toasted almonds and a powdered sugar glaze. These cherry scones are simple to make and taste much better than store bought. Make the cherry mixture the night before for more ease.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 people
- 2 cups pitted cherries
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons regular sugar plus extra for sprinkling on top
- 1/4 cup butter cold
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup toasted sliced almonds
- 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Place the cherries in a small pan with the brown sugar and bring to a boil.
Simmer for about 15 minutes until most of the liquid has reduced and the mixture has thickened slightly.
Let cool and add the vanilla and almond extract.
In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder and sugar.
Cut the butter up into small pieces and crumble it through the flour mixture.
Add the egg and buttermilk and mix until a dough forms. If it's sticky add a little more flour to your hands.
Add the cherry mixture and work it through the dough using your fingers.
Place the dough on your floured work surface and pat gently into a square shape.
Using a knife, cut the dough into 9 squares and place on the prepared baking pan close to one another.
Glaze each scone with some of the milk and sprinkle the tops with some extra sugar.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes and they start to turn golden brown.
Let the scones cool while you make the powdered sugar.
Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl and add the water and almond extract.
Whisk until there are no lumps visible.
Using a spoon drizzle each scone liberally with the glaze.
Top wth the toasted almonds and serve with coffee or tea.