Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sour Grapes (or Cherries)

Sour Grapes!
You leave such a bad taste.
Sour grapes!
I don't need you anyways!
I love that song. It might date me but I don't care. That song solidified my decision to buy a mountain bike while I was in college. I notoriously comparison shop until no more comparisons can be done. When it came down to the final decision on my Trek, all the bike dude had to say was, "The color's Sour Grape." Umm...Sold!!!

Basically, I like everything sour, not just my bikes or music. I guess a sour grape would technically be a raisin, but I hate raisins. Sour cherries on the other hand...amazing! Fresh sour cherries have a very short season so might I suggest, dried sour cherries. And might I suggest stirring them into your baked goods.

With all of the weekend trips that people take during the summer, one tends to need hostess gift ideas (if you are a thoughtful guest!). I think that fresh baked scones make an amazing hostess gift. The thing is, these scones taste best the day of, so if you make them the day before, just pop them into a 350˚F oven for 5 - 10 minutes just before you serve them so that they can warm up and crisp up. can just wake up a few minutes before your hosts and whip them up fresh for everyone. They don't take very long to throw together and your hosts will be SO impressed!

This is a classic cream scone recipe. I used the recipe from The New Best Recipe for this batch, but The Joy of Cooking has an almost identical recipe which is equally good. Regardless, you shouldn't be frightened of making scones. You don't need a rolling pin or any special tools. And they don't have to look perfect. Irregular shapes and craggy edges are what make scones unique. I originally made these to enjoy during Breakfast at Wimbledon. I hope you enjoy them!

Sour Cherry Cream Scones
(Adapted from The Best New Recipe)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup dried sour cherries, roughly chopped (or other dried fruit)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

1. Heat the oven to 425˚F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

3. Use two knives, a pastry blender, or your fingertips, and quickly cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few slightly larger butter lumps. Add the dried cherries and mix just to combine.

4. Stir in 1 cup of heavy cream with a rubber spatula or fork until the dough begins to form.

5. Transfer the dough, and all dry flour bits, to a countertop and knead the dough by hand just until it comes together into a rough, slightly sticky ball. Pat the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 3/4-inch thick circle (about 8-inches round). Cut the dough into 8 wedges. Brush the tops with the 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Sprinkle lightly with sugar. Place the wedges on an ungreased baking sheet.

6. Bake until the scone tops are light brown, 12 - 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


ZOMZOM said...

WHAT?......You hate raisins?!, I LOVE raisins.
Sorry but we can't be friends anymore.

Tina said...

C'mon Z! That means you won't have access to all of my secret happy hour locations...

WendyB said...

These look SO GOOD! I love cherries, I love sour, I love sour cherries, I love scones, I love Tina the Occasional Cook.

ZOMZOM said...

Ok, we are friends again.