These balsamic cherry dark chocolate scones are a delicious balance of tart and sweet. They’re crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside and perfect for breakfast.
You might’ve noticed a bit of a cherry theme this week. Partly because I have a ridiculous sized bag of frozen tart cherries in my freezer, partly because I thought it was a cute not over the top way to celebrate Valentine’s day/week and partly so we could talk a bit about tart cherries today.
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I’ve been a fan of sour and tart foods pretty much since the beginning.
You could find me drinking the balsamic dressing (we weren’t a bottled salad dressing kind of house) out of the bottom of the salad bowl or sucking on a lemon straight up as a kid. Ok, I still do the salad dressing thing, not gonna lie. The more it makes your lips pucker, the better.
You couldn’t pay me to eat a Skittle. Sugary hard candy does absolutely nothing for me, but hand me a package of Sweet Tarts and I’m a happy camper.
So hearing from the Cherry Marketing Institute that tart is going to be “in” this year is pretty damn exciting. Apparently, America is moving away from sweet (insert church choir cries of hallelujah here. If someone could send this memo over to Pinterest, I’d appreciate it) and the sour/tart flavor profile is taking it’s place.
This I can get down with.
Not only is the tart thing a nice change from the sickly sweet stuff that’s trended for far too long (in my opinion) but it can also be good for you.
A sour taste in fruits and vegetables is often associated with more phytonutrient compounds and dried tart cherries in particular are a great source of vitamin A.
The cool thing about tart cherries is they’re incredibly versatile too which you hopefully saw from my posts this week.
Paired with chocolate, they’re a nice balance of sweet and tart for dessert, paired with savory spice, they can make a delicious addition to dinner and then of course, they can also hold their own as the main flavor profile like in these balsamic cherry dark chocolate scones.
Sweet, sweet scones aren’t my thing. I love eating them for breakfast or with a cup of tea in the afternoon, not as a dessert.
My favorite is when they have a hint of brightness in them from some fruit or zest (like in these strawberry lemon scones or these wild blueberry orange scones) and the tart cherries in these do just that.
If you’re a sucker for sour like me, the balsamic glaze is the perfect addition. If you think that’s too weird (well, you’re crazy but whatever) just leave it off, you’ll still get plenty of tart shining through from the cherries that were reduced with the balsamic beforehand.