Recipe: dark chocolate and cherry scones by The Sconnoisseur
PUBLISHED: 11:01 08 September 2015 | UPDATED: 20:34 09 September 2015
Cocoa with dark sour cherries and a hint of sweetness make these scones irresistible and bittersweet to the very last mouthful – a must try for home bakers and scone lovers alike
Makes 9 scones
• 45g caster sugar
• 5g baking powder
• 75g unsalted butter
• 30g cocoa powder
• 70g dry sour cherries
• 155g full fat milk
• 360g Self Raising Flour
• Pinch of Salt
• 10g Lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 200°C
1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
2. Mix together the lemon juice and milk in a small cup, and set aside.
3. Roughly chop dried cherries, and set aside.
4. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a bowl. Using a food processor, cut the butter into the flour mixture, pulsing until it resembles a sandy texture. You can also cut the butter into the flour using a knife and fork.
5. Add the lemon juice milk and chopped cherries. Pulse (or mix) until the dough just comes together - don’t over mix. If the dough is too dry add more milk a bit at a time – you want it to hold together.
6. Turn out onto a floured surface, knead once or twice, just enough to bring the dough together. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1 inch thick. Cut the dough into 9 pieces with a round 2.5-inch biscuit cutter.
7. Arrange the scones next to one another on the prepared baking sheet - 1/4-inch distance between each of them. Brush generously with the egg wash or milk and sprinkle with a little granulated sugar.
8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden on the tops.
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