February 5, 2014

Cherry Scones with Orange-Vanilla Glaze

Freshly baked scones are a delicious way to add a special touch to breakfast and brunch, and especially when they combine the delicious flavors of cherry and orange. These cherry scones feature a super-moist crumb that is studded with dried fruit and drizzled generously with orange-vanilla glaze. This is a wonderful scone recipe that you’ll want make again and again!

Cherry Scones with Orange-Vanilla Glaze

Cherry Scones with Orange-Vanilla Glaze

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Serving size: 8

Calories: 313

Fat: 12g

With a super moist crumb, these scones are studded with dried cherries and drizzled with an orange-vanilla glaze. Perfect for breakfast or an anytime treat!
For the scones
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream (full-fat recommended)
For the glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to blend. Add butter to bowl, and pulse until mixture resembled coarse crumbs, with no piece larger than a pea. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl. Stir in cherries and orange zest. Make a well at the center of the mixture; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the egg yolk and sour cream. Add egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture, and use a fork to stir until just combined. (At this point, the mixture may seem somewhat dry.)
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead 10-12 times until the dough comes together. Shape and pat into a 7-inch circle. Using a pizza cutter or very sharp knife, cut into 8 wedges. Arrange scones on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before drizzling with prepared glaze.
For the glaze
  1. Combine powdered sugar, orange juice and vanilla in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. If necessary, add a bit more orange juice until glaze reaches a drizzling consistency.
This recipe can also be prepared without a food processor by combining the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then cutting in the butter with a pastry blender.
No dried cherries on hand? Use any dried fruit you wish: cranberries, blueberries, or even raisins. You can also use different citrus juice and zest for a lovely change-up. This is such a versatile recipe!

I’ve truly never had a scone with a more moist, tender crumb, thanks to the sour cream in the batter. They nearly melt in your mouth!

Cherry Scones with Orange-Vanilla Glaze

Looking for even more sweet inspiration? Don’t miss these other yummy recipes!

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Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Amy @ Positively Splendid
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3 Responses to Cherry Scones with Orange-Vanilla Glaze

  1. Janet February 5, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    All of these recipes look just delicious! Thank you for them 🙂 Have a beautiful day!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid February 6, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

      Thanks so much, Janet!

  2. Tammi February 7, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    These look crazy good! I’m going to try the scones this weekend. Yum.

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