Vintage Monday - Chocolate Sour Cherry Scones

Chocolate Sour Cherry Scones

After a huge storm which flooded many areas of this city last week, including my neighbourhood, we're finally having what can be referred to as wonderful spring days. Perfect way to start the week.

So many things happen around the world at all times. So much creativity it's mind-blowing. Take the common rice for example. Nothing particularly interesting about it. Take a look at these and you might change your mind.

Chocolate Sour Cherry Scones

This is the strangest entry I ever found in wikipedia. I don't even know if I completely understand the explanation. How's that for feeling dumb?

20 people to immediately unfriend on facebook

Chocolate Sour Cherry Scones

I dream of cranberries. I love them, their acid sweet flavor, beautiful deep color and the way they have of livening up any sweet or savory thing they get thrown into. But, the sad, sad story here is that they don't exist in this city. Not even after so many years of finally accepting muffins, cheesecake, peanut butter and other foreign stuff, they never showed up for the party.

And we are having a Chocolate Party people, who wouldn't want to come, right?

So when the polls were closed and cranberries emerged the winner of the november challenge, let's say I was indeed challenged more than ever. The closest I had found were guindas which are referred to as sour cherries. They taste surprisingly like cranberries and have that deep red hue. But they only grow in cold climates, south of the country, and never make it to the city.

Chocolate Sour Cherry Scones

Then the other day, while I stopped at my favorite store where I buy every possible type of flour, nuts, food colorings, grains, etc I found jars of canned berries. And that included sour cherries. 
So I went with those. The best possible substitution. I think Roxana, the mastermind behind this chocolate party, will accept my chocolate sour cherry scones as part of the party.

They turned out wonderful, not only the scones, but the pairing of chocolate with the berries. 
So yes, the whole scone turned out good, very good, a cross between breakfast and tea time. Or a snack. They are not too sweet and have those dark and somewhat sour stumbles when you bite into them. 

Let's move on to some important food things to try this week, like this sangria, everything figgy such as this jam and this cake, this exotic sounding ice cream, this pie with an intriguing combination of flavors, these moist and flavorful cookies.



2 cups sifted all purpose flour (sift first then measure)
3 teaspoons baking powder
¾  teaspoon salt
4 Tbs sugar
¼ cup melted butter
1 egg, beaten
3 Tbs buttermilk
½ cup sour cream with ¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup semi sweet chocolate chunks
½ cup sour cherries, pitted


Preheat oven to 375ºF . Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a food processor put flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Process a few times to mix. In a bowl mix butter, egg, buttermilk and sour cream with baking soda.
Pour over flour mixture and process with a few on/off pulses just until it begins to come together. Don't over mix.
Dump the whole shaggy mass onto the lightly floured work surface and fold it over itself a few times, enough to gather it all together but without kneading.
Pat the dough and cut rounds using a cookie cutter.
Put on the baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes, until they are golden. Let cool a bit on wire rack. Eat warm.
Makes 6 big or 12 medium scones.


  1. Oh these look so good! I love sour cherries and chocolate together.

  2. I love sour cherries. Well, sour or sweet, anything cherry is good in my book! Then there is the bonus of chocolate and all is wonderful. I wish I had one of these with my coffee this morning.

  3. These scones sound amazing, love the combination of the sour and sweet. I can understand not being able to find certain ingredients. Being in a small rural town, we have the basics but even fresh cranberries won't be available for a few more weeks and then only for a week or two. We work with what we have, can't wait to give these a try!

  4. Paula, may I please have one of these with my hot coffee right now? They look perfectly scrumptious!!!

  5. Great swap for what you have available! The scones look perfect!

  6. Mmmmmmm....these look fantastic! A little chocolate to start the day is always welcome :)

  7. Scones!!! It's been a while since last time I had one. Have to try your recipe, chocolate sour cherry can't be wrong.

  8. Such creative combination of scones my friend delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. I'm embarrassed to say that I was going to make some standard cherry scones using glace cherries, but not any more - now it's definitely going to be sour cherries and chocolate. They look delicious!

  10. I always peruse vintage cookbooks in thrift stores. I secretly don't like cranberry scones, but (as you probably already know) I just love sour cherries so I think this was a wonderful choice! And the scones look so beautiful!

  11. Sorry to hear about the flooding in your neighborhood. I hope all is well with you and yours.
    Cherry scones sounds like a great idea! It makes me sad that you can't get cranberries down there though :-(

  12. Love these round biscuit-shaped scones!

  13. I love the sound of these scones. I made cranberry scones last year but didn't even think to add chocolate to them. I bet these had the perfect balance of flavors between the tart cherries and the sweet chocolate. Pretty pictures!

  14. I made some similar scones back in Feb. for Valentine's so I know these are wonderful. Chocolate and cherries go together so well, great job on your scones.

  15. OH-EM-GEE I laughed so freaking hard at the "20 people to immediately unfriend on Facebook." The people's comments to the ridiculous statuses were priceless. And seriously, what the hell is up with the "buffalo buffalo buffalo..." Wiki post? My eyes glazed over as I was reading it. Thankfully I had your beautiful scones to bring me back to myself. Cherries and chocolate are a perfect match and your scones are gorgeous! I need to learn to bake a scone as good-lookin' as these.

  16. Chocolate and cherry has to be one of the best combinations ever. Your scones look (almost) too good to eat, delicious!

  17. Fabulous, Paula! I say let's replace dinner rolls with these for Thanksgiving. Yum!

  18. Paula, you're my baked good guru. When you post things you've baked I find myself bookmarking the recipe again and again. I have a little dream of a baking lesson from you in Buenos Aires someday. :)

    1. That would certainly be the way to do it Marissa!

  19. Love your scones with the sour cherries- great choice for a substitution;-)
    Beautiful photos-they look so delicious!

  20. There so something so homely and comforting about scones and these are super special ones. Great addition to the party.

  21. we have sour cherries in Romania but here in the US even those canned that say sour cherries have so much sugar they aren't sour at all.
    What a great idea to use them in scones, beautiful and delicious

  22. great addition to the chocolate party! i am really enjoying looking at everyone's recipes this month :D

  23. What a perfect scone! I can never get enough new scone recipes. This one is perfect for our Chocolate Party!

  24. Oh these scones look perfect…love the combo of sour cherries and chocolate! The things we take for granted…I really have never thought of cranberries as exotic. Very nice, Paula!

  25. uuhhhhhh, crunchy, fluffy and marvelous, they're so gooooood


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