An easy recipe for Cherry Scones that doesn’t need an egg. Serve with butter (or cream and jam) for a teatime treat for the whole family.
One of the best things about scones is that they are so quick and easy to make. Even those, like these Cherry Scones, that are individually cut out, only take 20 minutes at most.
And of course, I love cherries, so a Cherry Scone recipe is a perfect addition to the cherry bake collection.
Although I usually use dark cherries, this time I could only get red ones. The taste isn’t really different and the colour is pretty. My only warning, as always, is to check for natural dyes if you have children as E127 isn’t recommended for them.
Some of the scone recipes I make use eggs (usually if they use whole-wheat flour, e.g. Wholemeal Fruit Scones), but most don’t. It’s always useful to have some egg-less recipes for those times when you’ve run out but still want cake.
Is salt a key ingredient? Well, yes, I think so. A little salt enhances flavour, especially useful with something fairly plain like a scone – even if it does contain cherries.
Although we’re bombarded with messages about reducing salt, that’s mostly because there’s loads of it in ready-made food. (If you’re interested, read Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat for more information)
Ring the changes
Use raisins or other dried fruit instead of cherries for a fruit scone.
Secrets of success
Use frozen butter
I now use frozen butter in scones and grate it. Top tip: grating around the outsides is easiest as the centre is pretty solid. If your butter isn’t frozen, use it straight from the fridge and cut into small chunks.
Why use frozen butter? Two reasons: first, the dough keeps cooler; second, (and more importantly for me) it makes the rubbing-in process quicker because the butter is in smaller pieces.
Don’t roll-out the dough
You want to handle scone dough as little as possible, so don’t roll it out. Just form into shape and pat the top level.
Make the scones thick
Keep the dough at least 2cm (1 inch) thick, which will make about 10 scones. Ideally make it a little thicker and make 8 scones.
How long do scones keep?
All scones are best eaten on the day they’re made. They will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container in the fridge. Refresh in the oven for 4-5 minutes or the toaster for a minute.
Can I freeze Cherry Scones?
Scones freeze well for up to a month. Best frozen on the day they’re made.
What equipment do you need?
- You’ll need a 5-6cm round cutter (about 2 inches across). I use a plain cutter because the cherries can snag on a fluted cutter – but that’s a personal preference.
- A baking sheet is also needed – if you cut the scones a bit thinner you’ll probably need two baking sheets
- I use a silicone baking mat for cutting out and as a liner for the baking sheet. It’s non-stick and easily washable (easier than the baking sheet!). A piece of magic liner
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- 250 g self-raising flour, plus extra for rolling out
- ½ teaspoon salt (2.5ml)
- 50 g butter, frozen. See note
- 50 g caster sugar
- 80 g glacé cherries
- 150 ml milk
- Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 200°C fan/ gas mark 7/ 425°F
- Grease the baking tray with a little butter or use a liner (which you don’t need to grease)
- Sift a little flour onto your worktop or rolling out mat
- Roughly chop the cherries into quarters
To make the scones:
- Mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Grate the butter into the mixture and rub it in with your fingertipsTo rub in, have your palms up and move your thumbs over fingers from the little fingers inwards
- Stir in the sugar and cherries. Add the milk and combine to make a smooth dough. Use a knife and then your hands
- Transfer the dough to the floured surface and pat with your hand to make a level top, at least 2cm thick
- Cut out the scones and move to the baking sheet. Pull the remaining dough together and repeat until all the dough is used
- Brush the tops of the scones with milk or sprinkle with a little flour
- Cook for 12-15 minutes until golden. Cool on a wire rack
- Serve with butter.
Everyday Cooks tips:
Butter:If your butter isn’t frozen, use it straight from the fridge and cut into small cubes
- Scones are best eaten on the day they are made, but will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container in the fridge. Refresh in the oven for 4-5 minutes or the toaster for a minute
- They freeze well for up to a month