Whole Grain Cherry Scones with Balsamic Cherry Compote

The cherries are ready and I can’t stop buying them. I actually can’t, because E shops with me and will not allow me to pass a table of cherries without taking a bag.

Whole Grain Cherry Scones with Balsamic Cherry Compote

I have some pretty grand plans for the mountain of cherries I brought home, a pie, a clafoutis, a compote, and maybe a cake. But these will have to wait for the weekend and the addition of a cherry pitter to my collection of kitchen gadgets.

Whole Grain Cherry Scones with Balsamic Cherry Compote

In the meantime I couldn’t let all the cherries just sit there, so I made some scrumptious scones. I used whole grain flour, so the scones are on the dry side and won’t keep long. They taste best fresh from the oven and with a generous serving of compote. Usually, when I make scones they don’t last long, but if I know they aren’t going to get eaten that day I’ll freeze the scone and then bake it another day, fresh is best!

Whole Grain Cherry Scones with Balsamic Cherry Compote

Scones

Ingredients:

2 cups flour (whole grain or white)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup butter

3/4 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup pitted, chopped cherries

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 325C
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar
  3. Cut butter into dry mixture until mixture resembles dry crumbs
  4. Using a fork, stir butter milk and cherries into mixture until just combined
  5. Turn mixture onto a lightly floured surface and gather into a ball, flatten and fold 6-8 times
  6. Roll or press mixture into a disk 1 inch thick and cut into 8 wedges
  7. Place wedges on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes

Balsamic Cherry Compote

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cherries pitted and chopped

1/4 balsamic vinegar

Steps:

  1. Blend or puree cherries and vinegar until smooth
  2. Bring mixture to a boil in a large sauce pan, then reduce to a simmer
  3. Simmer until mixture is reduced by 1/3 and coats the back of a spoon

Whole Grain Cherry Scones with Balsamic Cherry Compote

Whole Grain Cherry Scones with Balsamic Cherry Compote
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