Perfect for summer, and simply bursting with flavor, these Fresh Cherry-Almond Scones are sure-fire winners. If you enjoy fresh cherries, and you love flaky, buttery scones, this is a marriage made in heaven.
I consider scones to be a specialty of mine. I have a base recipe that works, and tweak the flavors to suit my desires as well as the seasons. Since summer is abound in fresh fruits, I decided to chop some fresh cherries instead of using dried cherries as I have in the past.
Almonds are a great compliment to cherries! I added some amaretto to the dough as well as the glaze. I used the glaze as an adhesive for some sliced almonds on top of the scones. This yielded beautiful results! In the past I've also mixed almonds into the dough for my Almond Joy scones.
This was a fun spin on my usual M.O. The result is a delectably tender-crumbed scone bursting with fresh cherry flavor, laced with aromatic amaretto, with a bit of crunch from a shower of sliced almonds over the top.
Regardless of the occasion or non-occasion, these scones are a great way to start your summer days alongside a cup of coffee or tea.
Fresh Cherry-Almond Scones
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Pinch kosher salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter cold and cut into cubes
- ¾ cup pitted, roughly chopped fresh cherries
- ¼ cup buttermilk heavy cream, or milk, plus more for brushing
- 2 tablespoons amaretto
- 1 large egg beaten
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk or buttermilk
- ½ tablespoon amaretto
- Sliced almonds for garnish
- Heat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add cold butter cubes to the flour mixture and work the butter into the flour mixture, using your fingers or a pastry cutter, until the mixture resembles coarse pea or dime-size crumbs. Be careful not to overwork the mixture or the butter will soften too much and the resulting scones will not be flaky. Add the cherries and toss well. Mix together the buttermilk, amaretto, and beaten egg and then add to the flour mixture and mix until just combined, kneading lightly (but don’t overwork it).
- Divide the dough in half and pat each portion into a ¾-to-1-inch thick circle. Don’t overwork the dough, as you want the butter inside to stay as cold as possible until the scones head into the oven.
- Use a bench/dough scraper or knife to cut 6 wedges (like a pizza) from each round. Flip each cut scone over and place upside down on the parchment lined baking sheet (the bottoms are flatter and will look prettier as the tops of the scones), spacing a couple inches apart. At this point, the scones can be refrigerated or even frozen and baked later. Frozen scones can be baked from a frozen state; just add a little extra baking time, as needed.
- Lightly brush on top of the scones (but not the sides) with a little buttermilk, milk or cream (whatever you have). Bake scones for 18 to 22 minutes until lightly golden on top. Remove from the oven and allow the scones to cool on the pan while you prepare the glaze.
- Stir together the confectioners’ sugar, amaretto, and milk until smooth. If the glaze is too thin, add a sprinkle more confectioners’ sugar. Too thick, add a drizzle of milk. When scones are cool, drizzle the glaze over the tops, and immediately sprinkle some sliced almonds over each scone (you may want to glaze/sprinkle one scone at a time so the glaze doesn’t set too fast before adhering the almonds to the top). The glaze will act as a glue, and the almonds will stick to the top. Allow the glaze to set and then serve the scones at room temperature.
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*