Whole Wheat Aronia Berry Ricotta Scones

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder, preferably aluminum-free
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1 cup fresh Aronia Berries
  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bottom of a large, wide-ish bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, sugar, and salt together.

With a pastry blender, add the butter and use the blender to both cut the butter into the flour mixture until the biggest pieces are the size of small peas. Toss in Aronia berries and use the blender again to break them into halves and quarter berry sized chunks.

Without a pastry blender, cut the butter into small pieces with a knife and work the butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Roughly chop the Aronia berries on a cutting board and stir them into the butter-flour mixture.

Both methods, add the ricotta and heavy cream together and stir them in to form a dough with a flexible spatula. Using your hands, gently knead dough into an even mass, right in the bottom of the bowl. The Aronia berries may smudge up the dough but it just adds to the beauty.

With as few movements as possible, transfer the dough to a well-floured counter, flour the top of the dough and pat it into a 7-inch square about 1-inch tall. With a large knife, divide the dough into 9 even squares. Transfer the scones to prepared baking sheet with a spatula. Bake the scones for about 15 minutes, until lightly golden at the edges. Cool in pan for a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack. The best way to eat is to let them cool halfway so the scone can settle. Enjoy!