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Cherry Nutella Scones

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Cherry Nutella Scones

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I miss her.

It was 20 years yesterday. 20 years since I heard her laugh, since we shared a meal, since I pretended to be embarrassed as she danced without a care in the world. 20 years since I gave her a hug. How could it be? How is it that in those 20 years, I have found love, created life, and now live in a cozy little valley town in California? How is it that my mother does not know this side of me?

Perhaps she does. I’d like to think so. I’d like to think she has been there, watching me, every step of the way.

I miss her more than ever. And in many ways, the idea, the concept, the reality that 20 years have passed is one that my mind can not grasp. It happened in the blink of an eye.

But something else has happened.

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I find her in the moments that make me happy. She is there, in those silly moments, when I do a goofy dance with my children, just as she used to, with us. She is there when we savor life’s little adventures, be it a family trip or trying a tasty new hole in the wall. She is there when my daughter dances on stage at her recital. She is there when my son hugs me and reminds me, “she’s always in your heart, mommy.”

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I tell them as often as I can. I’ll tuck them into bed, and whisper, “Remember, I’ll always be with you. In your heart.” I want them to know. Just in case. Just in case I leave them too soon.

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So when my son put his hands on my cheeks yesterday and reminded me that she is always in my heart, I felt her. As my tear met his hands, I knew that she was in his heart, too.

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That teardrop turned into happy tears. My children inherited her compassion, and her kindness. They know how to spread happiness.

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Spreading the happy. Being a mother has taught me that it’s my children who remind me that the little things that can make a day special: Walking through the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning, with the sun on our shoulders. Sampling to find just the right cherries. Discovering that they will be perfect in some tender scones for breakfast on a Sunday morning. Or even better, enjoying them for desert, warm and straight out of the oven, with chocolate hazelnut spread sandwiched between, oozing out the sides.

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These Cherry Nutella Scones were the perfect way to spread happiness with the special people in my life, and packaged up, they will make some friends who need a pick me up a reason to smile, too. I couldn’t think of a sweeter way celebrate happiness this season as our friends at Nutella spreads the happy this summer. I hope you check out the Nutella® Tumblr page at http://nutellausa.tumblr.com — share pictures of how you enjoy Nutella, find more recipes, and join in spreading the happy!

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Cherry Nutella Scones

8 scones | Prep: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling | Cook: 20 minutes

Scones, I find, are a taste of happiness any time of day. Eat them warm in the morning with some tea for breakfast, or make them a dessert with a dollop of Nutella. Either way, it's guaranteed to make your heart smile.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
2 large eggs
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 cups cherries, pitted and quartered
2 tablespoons cream
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Nutella, for serving

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture, until you have course crumbs. This can also be done with two knives or a food processor.

Whisk the eggs lightly and combine with the buttermilk. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just moist.

Add the cherries to the dough, then mix lightly. The dough will be sticky.

On a lightly floured surface, turn the sticky dough out and knead lightly until the cherries are incorporated into the dough and the dough is shapped into a disk. Roll the dough 3/4 inch thick. Using a bisquit cutter or cookie cutter, cut out 3 inch rounds. You should have about 8 scones. Place the scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat, and lightly brush with half and half. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the scones.

Place the scones in the freezer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Once the scones are chilled, bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Let it cool slightly, then cut the scones in half. Spread with Nutella and enjoy. 

Adapted from Cheddar-Dill Scones, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten.

Freezing dough for ultimate rise acquired from King Arthur Flour.

Comments

  1. Five O'clock Shallots

    It’s in the oddest moments that our parents suddenly emerge out of us. I love seeing how my younger siblings turn into them for seconds and then switch back seamlessly. That’s how I know they will always be around in a way. Lovely post. Beautiful pictures. As usual. 

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  2. Matt Robinson

    What an incredibly touching post, Liren. I’m sure 20 years has gone by so quickly that it’s hard to believe. Love that you see her in you, in your kids, in her spirit in all of you. And those tender moments with your kids when they remind you she is there, so cute. Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Such a moving post, Liren. My own tears are falling and I know your mom would be so proud of you and the woman you are today! And the scones? Perfection, of course! :)

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  4. Monet

    A beautiful post, my friend. Made me step back and reflect on my own family. I know your mom would be so proud of you…you carry her with you every single day. And these scones? Just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  5. Catherine McCord

    Scones are one of our all time favorites! If I ask my kids on any given day what they want as a treat the answer is generally “NUTELLA”!!

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  6. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I’m at the age where I’m starting to see people go… grandparents, great-aunts and uncles… and I know one day it will be other loved ones. How hard it must be… but also how amazing that your bond with your mother has stayed with you all these years. And that your children feel it too… that’s special.

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  7. Amy | Club Narwhal

    Liren, this is so, so beautiful. My mom passed away over 20 years ago as well and I still find it hard to believe so much time has gone without her here by my side to witness it. But your son is right, she is still with me in my heart. From the Instagram photo you shared, your mother looked like a beautiful person inside and out. Sending you a big virtual hug. (PS: These scones sound like perfection). 

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  8. Denise

    Really lovely story, and I couldn’t agree more that she is always with you.  Now that I am well into my 40s, I am finding that we are losing loved ones, more often than I like, but the one thing that I always try to remember is that they really never leave.  They are just living in our hearts and memories.

    I lost a dear friend almost exactly a year ago, I think of her very often but then the other day as I was dusting an old mirror above our bar area, I realized she was the one who passed that old scrappy mirror on to me when she moved and had no space.  I get comfort knowing she is at all of our meals and dinner parties, via that old mirror.  

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  9. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    Liren,
    I am in tears reading this post!! So beautiful. .   My husband lost both of his parents when he was in college in an auto accident so we have taken steps to make sure my kids are taken of if we are to leave too soon as well. .  but I LOVE what you say to your children “I’ll always be with you. In your heart.” OMG, I am still crying. Thank you for this elegant, beautiful, vulnerable, honest post! love this. 

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  10. marcie

    What a lovely post, Liren!  I really do think our loved ones that have past live through us and do live on in our hearts.  They’re with us everywhere!  These scones look so heavenly, and I’ve got to try them ASAP!

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  11. rebecca | DisplacedHousewife

    This is such a sweet post…I think your son is right.

    I know I’m late to the game on these…but I’m putting them up on the feedfeed scone feed this month. They look sinfully delicious! xo

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