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Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones

Nicoletta September 6, 2018

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Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones, are sugar-free and have some spelt flour in the dough, for a healthier and more nutritious approach. These crumbly and delectable scones, where the main feature is from the dried fruit that has been rehydrated in a lavender chai tea, are just the right treat for your next tea party or a cozy breakfast at home.

Song of the day: Those Sweet Words – Nora Jones.

Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones

Sometimes, if I pause to reflect on my ‘condition’ here in Canada, I get overwhelmed by a sense of longing to go back to my Country, and a feeling of intense loneliness for being separated from my family and friends on the other side of the world.

 

 

For those of you who do not know the story of how I “landed” in Canada, I can tell you that my husband Loreto (and his family) are my only family here. He is my love and my best friend, my partner in this crazy adventure that is our life together, and a business partner in the blogging enterprise. He is the shoulder I lean on to, the hand I hold in mine. A whole lot, for the poor guy, but he performs the ‘task’ with a light heart and an infectious smile.

Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones

Making friends easily and fast has never been one of my assets, let’s face the truth. During the last couple of years, being part of a community like Food Bloggers of Canada has given us the chance to meet like-minded people and after meeting many of them in person, some we can now call friends.

Margaret Kitchen Frau and her husband Raymond are the loveliest couple and have become dear friends. We enjoy our time together whether it is meeting up for breakfast, shopping at the Farmers’ market, sharing the table for always lavish meals, and picking fruit at their acreage. It is thanks to Margaret that I got to know, and love, Saskatoon berries, sour cherries, and haskaps, fruit unknown to me before coming here. I have made good use of all the fruit we picked at their acreage, but I suggest you head to her blog to find many more incredible recipes and tips.

As you can easily imagine, the dehydrated sour cherries that are the star of the show of these spelt scones, are Margaret’s gift to us. A beautiful little jar of tart and plump dried sour cherries, that I rehydrated in a lavender chai tea and that gave the scones something to talk about.

Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones

The Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones are light and delightfully crumbly (how a scone should be, in my humble opinion). The spelt flour gives that sweet/nutty flavor and the dried fruit is plump with a warm and spiced essence. They are sugar-free, nonetheless, I just cannot stop myself from sprinkling that little touch of turbinado (raw) sugar on top that, together with the brushing of a cream/egg mixture, adds that delicious sweet crunch that I always look for in my scones.

I enjoyed one of these Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones still warm, after taking the last picture, with a droplet of my homemade Concord grape jelly. Enchanting!

Song of the day: Those Sweet Words – Nora Jones.

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Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones

Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 8 scones
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch, Tea
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: International

Description

Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones, are sugar-free and have some spelt flour in the dough, for a healthier and more nutritious approach. These crumbly and delectable scones, where the main feature is from the dried fruit that has been rehydrated in a lavender chai tea, are just the right treat for your next tea party or a cozy breakfast at home.

Inspired by a recipe found on “The No-Sugar Dessert and Baking Cookbook” by Ysanne Spevack.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dehydrated sour cherries (or any other dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup hot tea (I used lavender chai)
  • 1 cup organic spelt flour
  • 1 cup organic all-purpose flour (plus a little extra for dusting the board)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 175 g (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 egg, organic free-range, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup half & half cream, (or milk-any kind, or buttermilk, or heavy cream-the best)
  • a sprinkle of raw cane (turbinado) sugar, (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put the dehydrated sour cherries in a bowl, pour over the hot tea, set aside to soak.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425° F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat or Cookina reusable baking sheet.
  3. Sift the flours, baking powder, and sea salt into a large bowl.
  4. Add the cubed butter and rub it quickly into the flour mixture with your fingers or a pastry cutter. until it is the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  5. Drain the dried fruit and discard the liquid. Mix the fruit in the flour/butter mixture using your fingers.
  6. Beat the egg, vanilla, and half & half (or milk, or cream) in a small bowl. Gradually pour the egg mixture (not all) into the flour mixture a little at a time until the dough is wet and sticky and you have a little egg mixture leftover.
  7. Pour the sticky dough onto a floured surface, shape into a flat long rectangle and cut into triangles, or rounds as you most like.
  8. Arrange scones on the prepared baking sheet, spaced at least 2.5 cm/1 in apart. Brush the scones with the leftover egg mixture. Sprinkle a little raw cane sugar (optional) and place in the oven.
  9. Bake for 14-20 minutes (mine baked in 17 minutes) or until risen and golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and serve hot or allow to cool on a rack.
  11. Enjoy hot from the oven with butter or cold with clotted cream and jam.

Notes

You can use any dried fruit you have on hands or like, like raisins, currants, etc.

They are sugar-free, but I like to add a sprinkle of turbinado sugar before baking that gives a sweet crunchy top. Totally optional.

Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones

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22 Comments

  • Reply Margaret@Kitchen Frau September 7, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Nicoletta, your friendship has become a very treasured part of my life, and both Raymond and I look forward to many wonderful times together in the future with you both. It was a lucky day for me when we met at that first bloggers meet-up a couple years ago.
    (And I love how you rehydrated the cherries – brilliant!)

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 8, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you for your friendship, Margaret! Love the tartness of the sour cherries, they gave the scones a delectable flavor.

  • Reply EA The Spicy RD September 9, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Lovely recipe! So wonderful you have become friends with another food blogger~I enjoyed your story. I would love to make a gluten free version of these scones. Yum!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 9, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks! Yes, such a treasured friendship. Hope you find a way to make them gluten-free, they are so lovely.

  • Reply Claudia September 9, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Nicoletta and Lorenzo, I love your blog! Just to let you know your link up for Eat The World Argentina is not working. Needs adjustment 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 9, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      Thank you! Ok, will check it out, thanks for letting us know!

  • Reply Nadia September 9, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Such lovely words Nicoletta, I know that I’m so happy to have met both you and Loreto! As for your recipe, i’m intrigued since I’m always looking for sugar free sweets and I definitely love scones! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 9, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you, Nadia! So happy to have met you at the Conference! Hope you try it and let me know. If you rehydrate the dried fruit in something sweet, like liquor, or tea, and then you add a little sprinkle of turbinado sugar on top, you are not going to miss the sugar in the batter.

  • Reply annie@ciaochowbambina September 10, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story…. Nothing like a gorgeous crumbly scone to get me to pull up to the table and linger there a while!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 10, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Thank you, Annie! Would love to do that for real, pulling up a chair while sharing stories and food! 🙂

  • Reply Maria from She Loves Biscotti September 10, 2018 at 10:21 am

    The FBC community is truly a special one. I love recipes that include spelt flour and I love scones… can’t wait to try this!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 10, 2018 at 10:26 am

      It is, Maria! The “human aspect” is the best that has come out of the blogging adventure. I love spelt flour, I use it so much, even in its pure form and I find these scones to be just as crumbly and delicious than regular ones. Thank you for your comment!

  • Reply Milena September 10, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I just love your taste in baked goods as well as music! Such finesse yet warmth in these scones and eating them to the tune of Norah Jones is one way I wouldn’t mind to spent my morning or a quiet afternoon. Love the combination of spelt and dried sour cherries – both ingredients that pop up in some of the best craft beers:) Cheers to creativity and variety!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 10, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you, Milena! We are so happy when somebody notices the song of the day! I agree, what a beautiful afternoon, or morning, with one of these scones and Nora Jones in the background 🙂 .

  • Reply Marisa September 12, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    How wonderful these look Nicoletta and just perfect for weekend breakfasts or brunch! I too would definitely sprinkle a little turbinado sugar…no guilt there😉

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 14, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you, Marisa, that’s my favorite weekend breakfast. And yes, that little touch of sugar on top is perfect.

  • Reply Mimi September 14, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Just beautiful. Having never lived in Canada, only visited the western parts, I’ve never come across these berries. But I can get dried cherries, so I can’t wait to make these – probably at the holidays!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you! Sour cherries are so awesome, but it would work with regular dried cherries as well.

  • Reply joyce September 14, 2018 at 7:42 am

    This scone recipe looks sooo good! I love the dehydrated cherries! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 14, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you! They are so good even to snack on 🙂 .

  • Reply Kristen September 14, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I am making cherry scones this weekend with the last of my cherries, good thing I saw your recipe!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta September 14, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Great! Serendipity 🙂 .

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