Balsamic Cherry & Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones

by Chrissy

 


I always thought I disliked the Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream flavor.  That is Chris’s favorite flavor, which meant that when Lauren and I shipped him out on an ice cream mission, we would have to specify the flavor we wanted otherwise we knew what the default choice would be.

It wasn’t until a few months ago, that my curiosity got the best of me and I dug a spoon into the cherry and chocolate ice cream. Much to my surprise, I went back in for a second, third, and forth spoonful…and all this time I thought that I didn’t like that flavor. I’ve been missing out for years.


After making this tasty pizza, I realized that the balsamic and cherry combo would be quite tasty wrapped up in a flakey, buttery scone, alongside a healthy portion of dark chocolate chunks.


Oh.my.word. They didn’t disappoint.

 

I enjoyed every last crumb.

If you are thinking that balsamic in a scone sounds weird, you are probably right. But the flavor is perfectly subtle and gives an extra burst of tangy sweetness to the cherries. We’re talkin’ gourmet, here.

Here’s what you gotta do:

Sift together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar.

Cut in cold butter. Here’s a hint, it’s just easier to use your hands to mash the butter into the dry mix. It should look like coarse sand when you are done.

In another bowl whisk egg yolk, buttermilk, vanilla and set aside.

Pit and cut the cherries in half.

In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, reduce the balsamic vinegar and cherries.

This should take about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 5 minutes before adding them to the dough mixture.

Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture, until just combined.

Fold in the dark chocolate chunks.

Then, carefully fold in the balsamic cherries. Note: only scoop out the cherries; there will be a few teaspoons of liquid, even after the balsamic vinegar has reduced, from the fresh cherries. So instead of scraping the pan, it’s perfectly fine to leave that little bit out, so the dough doesn’t get too wet.

On a well-floured surface, shape dough into a 11/2-inch thick round. It may be a little sticky from the balsamic cherries, so handle with floured hands.

With a sharp knife, cut into 8 equal wedges and then carefully transfer to a pizza stone or parchment-lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle cane sugar over the top of each wedge.

Bake for 16-18 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly before digging in!

These puppies are quite divine!

 

Balsamic Cherry & Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones

Makes 8 wedges

Ingredients:

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup white whole wheat flour

2 Tbsp brown sugar

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup cold buttermilk (or low-fat milk plus 1tsp lemon juice)

1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and halved

3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

1 Tbsp natural cane sugar, for sprinkling on top

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar. Cut in cold butter. Here’s a hint, it’s just easier to use your hands to mash the butter into the dry mix. It should look like course sand when you are done.

In another bowl whisk egg yolk, buttermilk, vanilla and set aside.

In a medium skillet, over medium high heat, reduce the balsamic vinegar and cherries. This should take about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 5 minutes before adding them to the dough mixture.

Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture, until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks and the balsamic cherries.

On a floured surface, shape dough into a 1 1/2-inch thick round. With a sharp knife, cut into 8 equal wedges. Using a hard spatula, carefully transfer wedges to a pizza stone or parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle cane sugar over the top of each wedge.

Place in preheated oven, on a middle rack, and bake for 16-18 minutes.

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Chrissy

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4 Responses to “Balsamic Cherry & Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones”

  1. Beautiful yummy scones and pics!

  2. Enhanced scones that I could eat ust like that… Nothing better cherry + chocolate!

  3. Chrissy

    My thoughts, exactly! A bit different, just as good!

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