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Sourdough Cherry Scones

These Sourdough Cherry Scones are a breeze to put together and BONUS: you can use discard starter! Always a hit warm or cold, and they freeze beautifully.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, scones, sourdough, sourdough cherry scones
Servings: 8 scones
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Cery


Scone Dough

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/4 sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 stick cold butter 10 Tbsp
  • 3/4 cup diced dried cherries
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter unfed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream OR regular milk


  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Chop up those dried cherries with a sharp knife or kitchen shears.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Cut your cold butter into small pieces. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have crumbs about the size of a pea.
  • Now mix the diced cherries and grated orange zest into the flour & butter mixture until it's all evenly distributed.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sourdough starter, the vanilla, and the heavy cream.
  • Depending on how thin your starter is, you may need to add more heavy cream (or milk) than the recipe calls for. The mixture should have the consistency of pancake batter.
  • Now with a fork stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • This is supposed to be a dry dough. It should almost be like bread dough.
  • Press the dough into a ball.
  • Then turn it out onto a VERY lightly floured surface.
  • Flatten the dough into a disc about 8 inches across.
  • Using a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut the disc like a pie into 8 pieces.
  • Put the pie piece shaped scones onto a baking stone or a greased baking sheet. Or you could line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • If your kitchen is on the warm side you may need to pop those guys in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • In a really small bowl or tea cup, mix the sugar and cinnamon well. Add the heavy cream and mix it up with a pastry brush until it's combined.
  • Brush the top of the scones with the topping. I like to go over them once before I bake them, and then use the rest of the topping on them after I take them out of the oven.
  • Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until they are golden brown.


Serve these beautiful sourdough cherry scones warm.
Or cold.
They are amazing both ways. Which makes them perfect for a make ahead breakfast!


Serving: 1scone | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg