Cherry and Orange Scones

Scones | July 15, 2015 | By

Cherry and Orange Scones
 
Since last November I’ve had a bottle of orange liqueur that I used as part of a glaze in this Marmalade and Walnut Tea Loaf (ignore the shockingly bad photos). It’s been sitting at the back of our cupboard completely forgotten about, until I recently took it upon myself to spring clean the place from top to bottom!

I knew I would have to start using it again and as the heatwave seems to have passed (we didn’t really get much of it here in N.Ireland to be honest), I wanted to bake something that you could enjoy with a nice cup of tea, and this recipe for these cherry and orange scones are perfect for just such an occasion. What better way is there to spend 10 minutes on a cold day, than indulging in a world of tart and sweet flavours, topped with clotted cream/butter and homemade jam?

 
Cherry and Orange Scones
 
Scones taste best fresh on the day they’re made and this recipe makes about 12. If you don’t think they’ll all be eaten (I can’t see that happening!), when the dough is ready you can stamp out a few for baking and put the rest in the freezer. If you prefer a non-boozy alternative, soak the dried cherries in orange juice instead. 
 

 

Cherry and Orange Scones

 

Cherry and Orange Scones
Yields 12
Cherry scones soaked in orange liqueur with a hint of orange zest.
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Ingredients
  1. 60g dried cherries
  2. 3 tbsp orange liqueur
  3. 450g plain flour
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 2 tsp orange zest
  7. 2 tbsp caster sugar
  8. 55g chilled butter, cubed
  9. 250ml milk
Instructions
  1. Put your cherries into a bowl and add the orange liqueur. Leave to soak for a couple of hours.
  2. Preheat oven 200c and line baking tray with parchment paper and a little vegetable oil.
  3. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and orange zest. Then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre add the milk along with the cherries (drained from the liqueur). Stir in using a wooden spoon until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Flour your work surface and your hands. Turn out the dough on your work surface and using your hands, work quickly to flatten the dough down into 1 inch thickness.
  5. Using 2 1/2 inch cutter, stamp out the scones and brush the tops with a splash of milk. Place gently onto your lined baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes or until rising and golden in colour.
  6. Serve hot or cold with jam and clotted cream.
Notes
  1. Yield: 12ย scones
Adapted from British Food Cookbook from M&S.ย 
Adapted from British Food Cookbook from M&S.ย 
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    Nadia
    July 20, 2015

    I LOVE scones! Orange and cherry are such a great combo ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lucy - BakingQueen74
    July 15, 2015

    Oh those look too good! Lovely flavours

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    Milla
    July 15, 2015

    I have actually never tried scones but I will try this out!! I think the combination of orange and cherry is super interesting but sound awesome!!

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    -Milla

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      Milla
      July 15, 2015

      And by the way I just followed you on gfc because I cannot wait to see what other recipes you got! :))

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2015

      Brilliant! I hope you enjoy them and thanks for connecting! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Sarah
    July 15, 2015

    Oh the sound of these is literally making my mouth water. I love a scone! Even better with cherries in. Yum!

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    Sisley White
    July 15, 2015

    These look so so so good! I want one so much right now. I’m going to have to make these this summer x

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2015

      Hi Sew! I hope you like them if you do make them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jenny
    July 15, 2015

    That sounds like a great combination. I love scones, would really love a few this minute!

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2015

      Hi Jenny! They worked really well. I would send you some but they didn’t last long in my house!

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    Sarah Rose
    July 15, 2015

    I can’t think of anything that I would enjoy more right now than those scones – they look and sound amazing! Love it!

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      Sarah
      July 23, 2015

      Thank you Sarah Rose! They didn’t last long in my house!

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    The FoodieCoupleBlog
    July 15, 2015

    I love the sound of these. scones and jam are one of my favourite things and this sounds like a lovely twist on them

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