I give up. I’m done with scones. I’ve tried several more recipes and the hockey puck industry has filed a cease and desist order on me. They say I’m interfering with their ability to have a monopoly on hockey pucks. I truly don’t get it. I follow the instructions, I use the perfect ingredients, I don’t over knead. Frustrating! This is the second thing I’ve given up on. Remember the baked donuts. Oy!
So, I’ve chosen to move on. I’m still looking at scone recipes, but I change the ingredients into muffins. I’m usually not a quitter, but the whole scone thing has defeated me. The next scone I was going to try was dried cherry. This makes a great muffin. Since the muffin batter is mildly sweet, adding the tart dried cherries is the perfect counter balance. I didn’t have a full cup of dried cherries so I added some craisins as well. We’re big craisins fans and like them in sweet and savory items. Dried blueberries would have worked as well, but there weren’t any. We are big nibblers. C’est la vie!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
1⁄4 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups flour
1⁄2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
1⁄2 cup milk
1 cup dried tart cherries
1⁄2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
For the topping: Combine flour, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
For the muffin: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, combine eggs, sour cream, oil and milk; mix well. Add egg mixture, cherries and pecans to flour mixture; stir only until combined. Portion batter evenly into 12 paper-lined or lightly greased muffin cups (2 3/4 inches in diameter). Sprinkle reserved crumb topping evenly over batter.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree F. oven 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.
* From the Recipe Box:
That incredible fruit distribution is from mixing the cherries and pecans into the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients.
and remember: If you knew success was a certainty, what would you do? Big kiss, Lynn
(I know I wouldn’t waste it on donuts or scones!)