Whole Wheat Blueberry Tea Biscuits with Dried Cherries

Whole Wheat Blueberry Tea Biscuits with Dried Cherries

Just got back from a whirlwind vacation that I have not yet recovered from. Truly, I need a break from vacationing! Posting will continue on a more regular basis shortly as I am craving nourishment from my own kitchen! Visited some great restaurants but there is nothing quite the same as home cooked meals. I will be catching up with my favorite blogs shortly.

I tend to avoid refined sugars, preferring instead naturally sweet foods, like fruit. For some reason, I don't eat as much fresh fruit as I should, though I snack on dried fruit daily. I suppose I prefer the condensed flavor of dried fruits. Fresh berries are another matter altogether. It is hard to resist the juicy and plump delights just as is, or with a bit of yogurt perhaps.

This year, the berries harvest is especially flavorful and abundant, and most of the week we have some sort of fresh berry on hand. The berry that is most irresistible to me is the mighty blueberry. Looking into the fridge, I caught sight of a big bowl of them peering up at me. Not that I needed to transform them at all, but the idea of blueberry biscuits never left my mind and I resolved to make blueberry biscuits that were as impressive and successful as the best blueberry muffins I have made to date.

The result ended up being dinner.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Tea Biscuits with Dried Cherries

I used very little sugar in this biscuit recipe, as I prefer savory treats, but bursting with blueberries as they were, they were plenty sweet with a slight tartness imparted by the dried cherries.


Whole Wheat Blueberry Tea Biscuits with Dried CherriesWhole Wheat Blueberry Tea Biscuits with Dried Cherries
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Published on August 24, 2009

Simple, wholesome and not-too-sweet whole wheat tea biscuits bursting with plump fresh blueberries and tart dried cherries

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Ingredients:
  • 2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups plain yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
Instructions:
  • Preheat an oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry cutter or a fork and knife, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is reduced to coarse crumbs.

  • Make a well in the center of the ingredients and pour in the yogurt or buttermilk. Stir until just combined. Gently fold in the blueberries and dried cherries.

  • Turn the dough out onto a floured board or waxed paper and gently knead a few times. Shape the dough into to 12 to 16 equal rounds and transfer to the prepare baking sheet.

  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the biscuits are nicely browned on top. Transfer to a wire rack to cool and serve warm.

Makes 12 to 16 biscuits
Whole Wheat Blueberry Tea Biscuits with Dried Cherries

More berry delights from Lisa's Kitchen:
Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Mixed Berries
Fresh Fruit and Berry Soup
Blueberry and Cornmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

16 comments:

Astra Libris said...

Ooooh, SO gorgeous!! Welcome home! I'm so impressed that you're baking such gorgeous treats after just returning - I know what you mean about needing to rest from a vacation sometimes! :-) Thank you for this gorgeous recipe - I think fixing these biscuits will take us on a summer vacation right in our own home! :-)

Anh said...

Welcome back! I wish I could go on holiday. Instead I will be flying around this month with a full schedule of work and study.

I will try this scones! It sounds and looks good!

iRaw said...

Your scones look delicious! Welcome back!!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely scones, welcome back.

Anonymous said...

Lisa,
Hello! I love your blog and read it regularly as I have it fed into my iGoogle homepage/RSS feeds. You are always so creative and I really love the various savory muffins you've made over time. In fact, I made your savory olive & sun dried tomato ricotta muffins posted on Feb 13, 2009 for a brunch about two months ago - HUGE hit. Everyone raved and couldn't believe how great a savory muffin tasted. (I subbed kalamata for black olives).

Like you I am vegetarian (13 yrs or so), prefer to avoid refined sugar, etc. I am incorporating more whole wheat flour into my baking - but still learning how it can affect the end product. Having said that, you mixed whole wheat and white for these...any reason why? Could I just sub all whole wheat instead - if so any adjustments elsewhere?

Not sure if you can answer that or not but thought I'd ask!

Hope you had a nice vacation!

Johanna said...

great biscuits to come home to - love berries in scones or biscuits and appreciate keeping the sugar down

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow....crunchy and yum.....love the dried cherries in the biscuits....

Lisa said...

Thanks for your kind words Anon. You could just use whole wheat flour but you would end up with a denser biscuit. That is why I added the white flour along with the whole wheat.

Shri said...

Never tried the combo of Blueberries and Cherries.The biscuits look divine!

Soma said...

You are one creative cook! these look fantabulous.

I hate to cook when i come back from vacation, in fact hate to do anything at all:-)

eatme_delicious said...

Welcome back! I was wondering what happened to you. These biscuits look absolutely perfect. I'm getting tired of muffins and want to eat scones/biscuits but I don't have a great whole wheat and healthy-ish recipe - well now I do! I'll be trying these soon.

Usha said...

Welcome back ! Those are gorgeous biscuits/ scones..loved the combination of cherry and blueberries:-)

sunita said...

Lisa, those biscuits are screaming out to me...love them :-)

fenris said...

I loved these when I had them.

Excellent with tea, at tea time.

Parita said...

Gorgeous biscuits lisa..and they are eggless too!

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