Friday, August 3, 2012

Cherry Chip & Pecan Scones

When I was in Wisconsin earlier this summer, I found in a grocery store there a product I don't recall ever seeing before, Eillien's Cherry Chips. I knew that Door County in Wisconsin was famous for (among many other things) its cherry orchards, and these chips were packaged in Green Bay, Wisconsin, so I decided this "culinary souvenir of Wisconsin" needed to come home with me.

This week, I decided it was time to invent a new scone recipe. Whipping out my trusty Nordic Ware mini-scone pan from Williams-Sonoma, I used my standard scone recipe, adding some cherry chips and chopped pecans. Oh. My. Goodness! I can't tell you how delicious these were, and I am absolutely sold on these cherry chips. Happily, I did a search online and it looks like area Kroger stores carry these chips, so I won't even have to go back to Wisconsin next time I want some. Are any of you familiar with Eillien's products? I'm a fan now!

Cherry Chip & Pecan Scones

2 cups all purpose-flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons margarine, chilled
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup cherry chips
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a scone pan with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add 6 tablespoons of chilled margarine and combine using a pastry blender until the mixture consists of pea-sized crumbs. Stir in cherry chips and pecans. In separate bowl, whisk milk and egg. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Spoon batter into pan and bake for 17 minutes or until lightly browned. Yields about 8 large or 16 mini-sized scones.

11 comments:

  1. mmmm- haven't had breakfast yet and these look yummy! I have never seen cherry chips. THanks for enlightening me. Have a cool week end.

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  2. Yum! I'm not familiar with cherry chips, either, but they look wonderful and I love anything cherry!

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  3. You're always introducing me to something new!

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  4. I've never heard of cherry chips, but thanks for the tip.

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  5. Those look delicious, Angela -
    I have not heard of them before.
    You always have such interesting items, Joanie

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  6. I've never heard of cherry chips, but your recipe sounds delicious.

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  7. Eileen says--I am so glad you have had the chance to enjoy Door County in Wisconsin!!! My husband and I live in Green Bay, Wisconsin so we get to travel to Door County quite often. The cherry crop was bad this year because of the very early and warm spring.Glad you found the cherry chips. That company also makes wonderful candy (please give a try). Make a trip to Door County in the fall. Wondeful!!!

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  8. Eileen says--I am so glad you have had the chance to enjoy Door County in Wisconsin!!! My husband and I live in Green Bay, Wisconsin so we get to travel to Door County quite often. The cherry crop was bad this year because of the very early and warm spring.Glad you found the cherry chips. That company also makes wonderful candy (please give a try). Make a trip to Door County in the fall. Wondeful!!!

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  9. Wow, those cherry chips are certainly red. Sounds good. Hummm? I will have to look at my Kroger's and see if they have something like this.

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  10. I must try your recipe for the Cherry Chip & Pecan Scones. I haven't been able to find Eillien's Cherry Chips. Please tell me which grocery store you found them in.
    Thanks, Diana
    dfw627@gmail.com

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