Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Cheery, Cherry Coffee Break

Let's hear it for the Coffee Break!!

On our recent trip to Michigan we just had to make a stop at the Grand Traverse Pie Company.
A friend had told us they had fabulous pies and since we were going to be right nearby we thought we'd better check for ourselves. They not only offer every kind of pie you could imagine, but they also have wonderful soups, salads & sandwiches.

Here is a little peak at some of their offerings. My, oh, my ... that was some yummy pie!!
So yummy that we made 2 visits during our trip.

It was also a cute place to have lunch or just dessert :-)
I tried to talk them into opening one in the Charlotte area, but I think she thought I was kidding. She said the farthest south they have come is Indiana. Waaah ~ that won't do.

Before leaving I made a little stop.
I'm glad I went here and not to the door that said Pie Guys.

We seriously considered bringing a pie home, but with all of the other things we were bringing we thought it might get a little crushed. So, the next best thing was to bring home some of their wonderful coffee.

Have you ever tasted Sweet Cherry coffee before?

Tis' heavenly.

Wanting to create a special Coffee Break with my Sweet Cherry coffee I searched for just the right sweet treat to join the party.

This will be perfect.

~Cherry Cream Scones~
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
dash salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup dried red cherries
2 eggs
1/3 cup half & half or light cream
1 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. chopped almonds
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a 10 inch springform pan or a baking sheet; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, the 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder & salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cherries.
In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs; stir in half & half and vanilla. Add to flour mixture; stir just until smooth.
Using your floured fingers, pat dough into prepared pan or into a 9 inch round on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with almonds. In a small mixing bowl, combine the 2 Tbsp. sugar and the cinnamon; sprinkle onto dough.
Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, allowing 20-25 minutes for the springform pan or 16-18 minutes for the baking sheet.
Cool in pan or on baking sheet on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove from pan. Cut into wedges. Serve warm. Makes 8 scones.

Cream Cherry Scone & Sweet Cherry coffee enjoyed between the vacuuming & the ironing.
A simple pleasure that made the everyday chores so much more enjoyable.


  1. I saw on the side bar of my blog page that you had shared a new post. Even before I saw the coffee pot, I could not wait to visit your blog. Another wonderful post!! Your posta are ALWAYS worth the wait. Not only are the topics so interesting, but the pictures are beautiful! Cherry, I never heard of that, but I would love to taste a cup of it. Cherry Scones...never tasted them either, but would love to taste it. Perfect combination. I just wanted to pull up a chair and join you at the table.
    The pie shop would definitely be a place I would pick to visit. I really enjoyed my visit this morning. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Kim, what a neat place to visit! I love pie. That scone recipe looks delish and I'll try it.
    I like flavored coffees, so the cherry would be interesting. My daughter in Maine just sent me some 'blueberry' coffee and it was wonderful with cream and sugar. Like a dessert!
    Glad to hear from you.

  3. I love scones and that looks wonderful! So cute pictures. I just love that one with the cow creamer! Enjoy your coffee break!

  4. My husband is from Michigan and we have vacationed there for years. I love that area. The cherries are out of this world. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
    Have a blessed day!

  5. That looks like my kind of place to spend a little time. I just love coffee and pie...especially about 3 in the afternoon.

    I will definitely try your scones. My hubby loves them.

  6. Oh my, ...... pies, cherry coffee and scones.....I'm starving! I must try your scone recipe, it sounds easy and delicious!
    Great pictures!
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi Kim,
    A coffee break or tea, for me, sounds good right about now.
    Is that the last piece of scone left or the first piece. lol
    Looks declicious.

  8. Oh, all those pies, yummy!!
    I'd love to join you for a coffee break. I'd have to have a glass of milk though - don't like coffee. Love the smell though!

  9. Yum! Nothing like a coffee break with your favorite coffee and a yummy dessert!

    Enjoy your day, Kim!


  10. One word comment for this entry ~ YUM! Glad you had a nice vacation Kim.

    Hugs ~

  11. I'm going to print your recipe! I made blueberry scones this morning and set off the smoke alarm! lol I put too much crisco on my pan and it started splattering in the oven and smoking like crazy! I'm glad it was cool enough to open the windows! They were good though!

  12. Hi Kim,
    Oh my those cherry scones look out of this world yummy!. What a great place to visit. I want to go there.
    I will try the recipe.
    Take care and enjoy your day,

  13. I so love cherry cake with coffee on a rainy days.. Ah feels so good

    thanks for the recipe.

  14. Oh my goodness! What a wonderful post. All those pies look positively heavenly! I have never heard of cherry coffee...I bet my hubby would just love that! The Cherry Scones sound incredible! I just might have to surprise him with those on our anniversary for breakfast. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day!


  15. Cherry coffee is totally new to me...but sounds wonderful. I have made cherry scones...with a recipe much like yours...but with an orange glaze. Scones are always a big hit...and definitely a good diversion from vacuuming!

  16. Hi Kim The scones look delicious. If you have any left maybe I can stop by for a visit and taste one?
    Hugs, Rhondi

  17. When is a good time for me to drop in for coffee? I've never had that kind before. I love my morning coffee. Look forward to it. Enjoy smelling it brew. And long for that first taste of heaven on your tongue.

  18. Kim, I am sitting here this Sunday morning wishing I had that Cherry scone and that Cherry coffee for my breakfast right now! It looks SO good! I love cherry flavored things and of all the flavored coffees I've seen, don't think I've ever seen cherry. The pie place sounds like a wonderful place to visit. So glad you were able to go twice! Have a nice Sunday! Twyla

  19. Love your blog. I'm from Michigan and live near Traverse City (TC to us). I just wondered; have you ever heard of MOOMERS ICE CREAM? It is out on Silver Lake Road, out in the country near TC. Good Morning America did a show awhile back where they went from state to state trying recommended ice cream made by small, regional companies. MOOMERS won best ice cream for the entire U.S.!! Their cherry brownie flavor blends sweet cherries with brownie chunks and fudge in a vanilla base. It's good, but my absolute fav is the cocnut almond delight. Four or five people dip ice cream at all times while you place your order and there is always a line out the door every night, even though it's a very fast moving line. You can eat your treat on the deck as you watch the cows chew their cuds to provide you with the next great scoop! Next time you go to TC, it's definately worth finding Moomers! I'll have to try the Pie Company too after your ringing endorsement!


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