Recipe by hannahactually
This is one of many scone recipes in "The Cheese Board Collective Works,", and one of the best scones I've ever had. The golden nuggets have a slight cornmeal crunch and are studded with plump cherries. Cheese Board baker Carrie Blake says that while you can use a mixer, it's better to mix the dough by hand.
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2⁄3 cup cups sugar
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups medium-grind yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3⁄4 cup sweet dried cherries
- 1 1⁄4 cups buttermilk
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 425°. Adjust rack in center of oven. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- Sift together flour, baking soda and baking powder into a large bowl.
- Add salt, 2/3 cup sugar, and the cornmeal. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Add butter and cut in with a pastry cutter until it is the size of small peas. Using the spoon, mix in cherries.
- Make a well in the center; add buttermilk. Mix briefly, until ingredients just come together; some loose flour should remain at bottom of bowl.
- Let the batter stand for 5 minutes.
- Gently shape the dough into balls about 2 1/4 inches in diameter (they should have a rough, rocky exterior) and place them on the prepared pans about 2 inches apart.
- Sprinkle the 1/4 cup sugar on top of the scones.
- Place the scones on the middle rack of the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 375°.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the scones are golden. Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool.