This recipe for cherry scones is from Lauren Bank Deen's "Kitchen Playdates" cookbook.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.

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  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add butter and pulse 3 to 6 times until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in cherries and lemon zest.

  • In a small bowl, beat together egg and cream. Add to flour mixture; stir gently with a fork until mixture just comes together. If dough seems too dry, add a splash of cream; mixture should not be too sticky.

  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Shape dough into a 6-inch circle, about 1 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 8 equal wedges. Place scones on prepared baking sheet; lightly brush tops with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes.

  • Let cool slightly on baking sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Scones are best eaten the day they are made.

Reviews (8)

86 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 27
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 3
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12/29/2014
These scones are wonderful. Very moist and toasty on top after cooling. I thought my finished dough was a bit dry before brushing with heavy cream and sprinkling with sugar, but the scones came out great. Thank you, Martha and Lauren! Another awesome recipe!!!
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04/11/2009
hopw would you substitute FRESH for dried fruit?
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10/12/2008
I made these today and they were a hit with everyone! I made cherry and also substituted apricots for the cherries in one batch and they were just as good.
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04/25/2008
What kind of recipe calls for 1/2 tablespoon? Strange...
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01/12/2008
NEVER LIKED SCONES BEFORE, BUT THESE ARE GOOD. THANKS MARTHA. AND THANKS TO STEPHGARVEY FOR HER TID-BITS OF INFORMTION.
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01/12/2008
The BEST homemade scones. Ever. Only thing you should do differently is mix it by hand. Pinch the butter with your fingers instead of trying to mix with a pastry cutter or machine. Makes it a lot moister.
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01/08/2008
Just made this and WOW! Tender and sweet and delicious. Not dry or miserable like so many scones.
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01/08/2008
Just made this and WOW! Tender and sweet and delicious. Not dry or miserable like so many scones.