i should be mopping the floor: Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones

These Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones are perfect for Valentine's breakfast.
Whip them up for all of your special valentines!

Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones | Perfect for your sweetheart's breakfast!
 I'm definitely on a homemade scone kick lately {remember my blueberry ones from last week here?}. I blame Downton Abbey for this new calorie-laden addiction. But seriously, how could I resist making them into Valentine-y heart-shapes? And adding cherries? And almond extract? And all kinds of Valentine-y yumminess? Check out the recipe below>>>
These were not difficult to make, either. If you've never made homemade scones before, this would be a great recipe to start with. It's super simple and pretty much fool-proof.
Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones | Perfect for your sweetheart's breakfast!

Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones
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Ingredients:
- 2 cups sifted, all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 stick salted, cold butter
- 1 (10 ounce) jar of Maraschino Cherries, (drained, but juice reserved)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup heavy cream + 2 tablespoons, divided
- 1 cup white chocolate chips

Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones | Perfect for your sweetheart's breakfast!


Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Drain jar of cherries and set aside the juice. Chop the cherries into halves.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Pulse just until blended. Cut in pats of the cold butter and process until mixture is crumbly, but not over-mixed (the butter pieces should be the size of small peas). Pour mixture into large bowl and fold in cherries and almond extract. Make a small well in the middle of the mixture and pour in heavy cream. Mix just until ingredients are combined.
Turn out dough onto floured surface and form a circle, with dough being about 1/2" thick. Cut hearts out with a cookie cutter. Take remaining 2 tablespoons of cream, add a splash of cherry juice (but save the rest for the final glaze) and brush over scones. Place scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, checking for doneness.
While scones are cooling, melt your white chocolate chips in a microwave according to package directions. Stir in two tablespoons of the reserved cherry juice (this tints the glaze pink!). Drizzle over scones.
Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones | Perfect for your sweetheart's breakfast!
 Such a fun Valentine's breakfast treat! It's almost like having dessert for breakfast. Almost...I mean this is still totally justifiable. Totally.

Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones | Perfect for your sweetheart's breakfast!
Happy Heart-Shaped Season!





4 comments:

  1. What a great Valentine`s Day idea! Looks easy and delicious. I`ll give it a try. Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Thank you, Donna! I hope you enjoyed it~~and I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  2. Oh, these sound yummy Kristi. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining in the Inspiration Spotlight party. See you again soon.

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  3. Prettiest scones ever! And they sound delish, too. I'm featuring them on Best of the Weekend tomorrow night!

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