Dark Chocolate~ Cherry Scones for the Final Season of Downton Abbey

“I know several couples who are perfectly happy.  Haven’t spoken in years.” Relationship advice from Dowager Countess of Grantham’s on Season 6, winner of The Gardian’s #17 Best Quote of the 2015 year in television.

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After 5 captivating years of Downton drama, the final season is upon us this side of the pond.  It is a bittersweet night.  I am joined by millions of ardent fans in not wanting Downton Abbey to ever end.  The final season opens in the mid 1920s with rising hemlines, shorter bobbed and bejeweled tresses and ongoing Upstairs/Downstairs intrigue.  Who exactly is The Dowager Countess addressing above?  Is it cousin Isobel who turned Lord Merton’s marriage proposal down last season or Lady Mary who spurned Lord Gillingham after spending a week in sin with him last season and is now warming to Henry Talbot?  Or will she choose to be independent and stay single?  Lady Mary has requested tea be brought to her chambers so she can ponder her future.  There are changes ahead at Downton but some things remain quintessentially the same:  scones!  After making traditional cream currant scones for Season 4, and Lemon Ginger scones for Season 5, I whipped up a batch of very modern Dark Chocolate~Cherry scones.  This is after all a final season!  With Anna Bates charged with murder, who will deliver tea to Lady Mary:  Mrs. Hughes, Mr. Carson or nasty, scheming Thomas Barrow?  Stay tuned!

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I made my scones with frozen cherries, thawed and drained. They took an extra 10 minutes to bake.  If you are using dried cherries, the scones will bake in 17-20 minutes.  Adding the finishing dark chocolate drizzle takes these over the top.  I used Dove Dark Chocolate.  If using a very dark chocolate without much sugar, increase the sugar by 2-3 tablespoons.

Dark Chocolate Chunk~Cherry Scones

2 c flour

1 T baking powder

1/2 t salt

1 c heavy cream

1/2 c sugar, more if your chocolate is not very sweet

1 oz dark chocolate, chopped in rough pieces

4 T butter to brush

1 c of cherries, quartered, and drained in a colander

1 oz dark chocolate, melted, to drizzle

Preheat oven to 375F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In  a large bowl mix the flour, sugar and salt. Add the cream and mix until just blended. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the cherries and chocolate until just blended.  Using your hands and working on a floured surface, mound the batter in a round shape.  Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.  Score into 12 pieces.  Brush with the butter. Bake 17-20 minutes if using dried cherries or 30 minutes if using fresh or frozen and thawed cherries.  Let cool 10 minutes then drizzle with the melted chocolate.

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28 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate~ Cherry Scones for the Final Season of Downton Abbey

  1. That is absolutely the funniest line ever! i just love Violet so much. We just watched the Second Best Marigold Hotel and of course Maggie Smith stole the show!
    We are very excited to start the last season tonight. Wouter loves period dramas as much as I do and we always have just the coziest time with the Crawleys.
    Love your scone recipe very much and your table setting would fit right into Downtown Abbey for tea. I do think the Dowager Countess would approve! Enjoy! Pip, Pip

    • Isn’t? I watch DA for many reasons but especially for Violet’s zingers! Did you catch Indian Summers on PBS this summer? Another excellent period drama. Loved it. Enjoyed both Margolds as well. Maggie is just unstoppable. So talented. Enjoy tonight Teresa!!!!

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    • What a wonderful surprise Alycia!!!! Happy New Year to you❤️🎉🍾. I sure hope you are backtrack o full health in 2016. I was just thinking of you for 2 reasons: I was just admiring a dress form fir ” tree”. In a wedding shop in my village and thought how much you would love it. Secondly my poor husband has 2 herniated discs and has been out of commission for almost a month after we rode bikes and it flared up acutely. I feel for you both. So good to hear from you! I have missed you. 🌺

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    • Would love to serve you a cup of tea and a scone Nancy! Are you a Downton fan as well? All the best in the New Year. Looking forward to continued inspiration from your blog.xo

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  2. Cherries, dark chocolate and scones! And a tea party! This is just perfect for this week’s FF101! Thank you, Johanne! I hope you are having a lovely time at the party & enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  3. I have to tell you, these look amazing! The cherries make the scones very moist, don’t they? We have a high end “supermarket” here in LA called Gelsons that has an amazing Victor Benes bakery inside each store and they make old school pastries. The other day I bought a cherry scone and I about died. It was so moist and the woman at the counter told me it’s because of the cherries. Now . . . if they only had had dark chocolate in!!!!! Besides the scones, your post has inspired me to finally get off my duff and watch Downton Abbey. I have yet to watch one episode!!!

    • I am so excited for you Sue, and jealous to know you have all of Downton ahead of you to watch! I know you will be hooked. It is so good. I started watching season 3 and have been so happy I did. These scones were very moist and the chocolate pairing just made them that much more irresistible! Hope you’ll given them a try. So nice to hear from you!

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  4. Great looking scones johanne. I haven’t watched an episode of Downton but I heard it was very good. Maybe a binge weekend coming up. Pinned for next xmas.Thank you for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you bring to the party this week.

  5. Hello, fellow DA fan! This sounds perfect! I have both frozen and dried sour cherries and come Sunday I’ll have the perfect excuse to make these and indulge. Although, with the cherries and dark chocolate, they’re practically superfoods! 😀

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