Heart-Shaped Dried Cherry Scones

1802 House Bed and Breakfast Inn
15 Locke Street
Kennebunkport, Maine

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Heart-Shaped Dried Cherry and Chocolate Chip Scones

 Cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/3 cup plus 2 tbs sugar
1 tsp baking powder
tsp baking soda
tsp salt
7 tbs chilled unsalted butter, diced
1 tsp packed grated orange peel
cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
cup coarsely chopped dried tart cherries
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
tsp almond extract
Milk (for glaze)

Butter and flour baking sheet.
 Whisk 2 cups flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and grated orange peel; rub in with fingertips until coarse meal forms. Mix in chocolate chips and dried cherries. Whisk buttermilk, egg yolk, vanilla extract and almond extract in small bowl to blend. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients; stir with a fork until dough comes together in moist clumps. Gather dough into ball. Press out dough on lightly floured surface to inch thickness. Using 2-inch heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out scones. Gather scraps, press out dough and cut out additional scones. Transfer to baking sheet, spacing 1 inch apart.
 (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush scones lightly with milk; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake until scones are crusty onto and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 15 minutes.
 Serve warm or at room temperature.

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