Bookish Baking: sour cherry scones from Carry On

Welcome back to another edition of Margaret baking food from books!

This week, to celebrate Tuesday’s release of Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, I made Watford’s famous sour cherry scones. In Carry On, Simon names these scones as the thing he misses most about Watford when he leaves for the holidays.

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So obviously, in honor of Simon, I had to make these beloved scones.

I found the recipe for these scones at Fiction Food Cafe, which gets full credit for all of the actual work behind this. And as a note, I wasn’t able to find actual sour cherries at my grocery store (I know – how dare I call these sour cherry scones, right?) so instead used this tart cherry filling. Close enough, I think.

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Now let’s get into the recipe!

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The Recipe

Note: everything in bold is the recipe from Fiction Food Cafe. Everything in italics, plus the pictures, are mine.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp.) Butter, chilled in the freezer
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream (Note: I used a mixture of oat milk and vegetable oil as a non-dairy substitute here)
  • 3/4 Cup Sour/Tart Cherries, patted dry & diced if fresh, drained well & patted dry if canned (in water)
  • 1 Tbsp. Water
  • Turbinado/Raw Sugar

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Directions

  • In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients & then grate in the butter. Cut it all together with a pastry blender or two forks or knives to create a just-crumbly mixture.
  • In a liquid measuring cup whisk together 1 egg & the heavy cream.
    • Note: this is where I messed up. I didn’t read closely enough and put in both eggs. This is why you read the instructions, kids.
  • Pour this into the crumb mixture & stir until it just comes together. Fold in the cherries until just combined (make sure the cherries are truly as drained & patted dry as you can get them if using canned!).
  • Pre-heat your oven to 375ºF. Line a baking tray with parchment.
  • If making wedges: Form the dough into a ball & place it on a large sheet of plastic wrap. Flatten the ball into a disc about 1 1/2″ thick & wrap in the plastic & place in the freezer until the oven is ready. Flour a large knife & cut the disc into 8 equal slices. Arrange these about 1 1/2-2″ apart on the tray.
  • If making mounds: Break the dough into ~2 1/2″ diameter balls & place them on the tray about 2″ apart. Flatten them gently into discs about 1 1/2″ thick. Place in the freezer until the oven is ready.
    • Note: I made mounds and, since the dough was runny thanks to the extra egg, had to freeze it for a little longer than the recipe suggested so that they kept their shape.

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  • Whisk the remaining egg with the 1 Tbsp. water until the egg whites are completely broken up. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash & then sprinkle with the turbinado/raw sugar.
    • Note: reading that “remaining egg” is where I realized I’d messed up…but the scones were already in the freezer at that point and there was no going back. *deep sigh*
  • Slide in the oven, middle rack, & bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden on top & golden brown around the edges. Serve warm with tea & copious amounts of real butter (try salted).

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The finished scones were a little flatter than they should have been, due to the extra egg I accidentally added, but they were still light and sweet and delicious! I can definitely see why Simon is obsessed with them.

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Have you ever made sour cherry scones? What’s your favorite food from a book?

x Margaret 

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27 thoughts on “Bookish Baking: sour cherry scones from Carry On

  1. oh my gosh that is AMAZING I always wondered what they’d be like… I would TOTALLY try these they look delicious (even though I am a firm believer that fruits and pastries are in a strained relationship and wouldn’t be together if it wasn’t for the pleasure of the public)

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  2. WOW!! THESE LOOK ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️ + you must have felt, in a way, closer to the characters right? I know I would have!! 😍😍 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️
    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS POST’!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  3. OMG this looks so tasty 🥰🤤 I love your bookish baking posts, they always get me excited to do more baking myself! Scones are fantastic and I’m 100% with Simon on loving them 💞 I definitely need to make some again, even though I prefer ones that have chocolate chips 🍪

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  4. These look so delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe! 😊 I’ve always wondered what these would taste like, and why Simon loves them so much. I’ll definitely have to make some of these when I reread Carry On! 😉

    I just got my copy of Wayward Son on Friday, and I’m so excited! I’m already planning on rereading the series in a few months, even though I’m only 100 pages in right now 😂

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