Dried Cherry Scones

Dried Cherry Scones created by Lieutenant Ducky

Wonderful scones served at a local Bed and Breakfast here in my town. Prep and cook times are a guess, since I only tasted, but haven't made yet.

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  • Combine 1/2 cup of dried cherries (or other dried fruit) with 2 tablespoons brandy or apricot nectar.
  • Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder).
  • Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients well.
  • Add pecans.
  • Make a 'hole' in the center of the dried mixture.
  • Stir together well beaten egg and half-and-half.
  • Add egg and fruit mixtures to dry ingredients all at once.
  • Using a fork, stir just until moistened.
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead for 12 to 15 strokes.
  • Form dough into a 7 inch circle, and cut into 8 wedges.
  • Place scones 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Brush tops with 1 tbsp half-and-half, sprinkle with 2 tsp sugar.
  • Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm with maple-nut butter posted on this site, if desired.
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  1. jenny.najduch
    GREAT recipe, one of the best scones I've made by far. I had one when they came out of the oven and I wasn't crazy about them because I thought the Brandy was over-powering, but after cooling overnight, WOW!! Delicious!! Thanks for sharing.
  2. ericaj
    These tasted really good. I didn't have any brandy so I reconstituted the dried cherries in Grand Marnier. I made these for Easter breakfast but I wouldn't all the time...they are very fattening! Maybe I'll try to reduce the fat a little and see if they taste as good.
  3. Lieutenant Ducky
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  4. Lieutenant Ducky
    this recipe was so great. It took me scarcely half an hour to make it and clean up!! I used chopped marashino cherries and soaked them in brandy for just ten minutes. I found this made the recipe a whole lot moister and I didn't have to add any water or anything to make the batter hold. Thanks again for a great recipe!
  5. Impera_Magna
    Oh my, these turned out so nicely! I doubled the recipe and followed the directions and, as others have mentioned, needed a little more liquid to hold the dough together. I served the scones to houseguests who ooooh-ed and aaahhhh-ed over them... and polished them off in no time! I love dried cherries and they were perfect in the delicious scones. Definitely a keeper! Next time I think I will nuke the cherries in the liquid to speed up the re-moisturization process a little more. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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