Strawberry Scones

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My first meeting with a scone was at a coffee-house. I ordered a coffee and this wonderful looking scone that was in the bakery case. From that moment, I knew I wanted to make these myself.

Scones are an easy to make quick bread. I love all types of breads, but give me a quick bread and I’m one happy gal.

Quick breads are things like muffins, biscuits, pancakes, and waffles. They are breads that are made with leaveners other than yeast. They all use the same basic ingredients…flour, sugar, and salt. What makes them different is the mixing method.

 

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Baking really is a science. You just can’t dump ingredients into a bowl and expect to have a great result. Mixing methods really matter.

To make a good scone you need to use the biscuit method to prepare these.  The biscuit method is simply mixing the dry ingredients then cutting the fat into the flour. Then all the liquid is added at once and carefully stirred with a fork to moisten the dry ingredients. Then you lightly knead to combine the dough.

The secret to great scones is cutting the butter into small particles to create a wonderful texture.

Here is where science comes in…those bits of butter are wrapped in flour so when they bake the butter gradually melts and spreads out. That leaves space for steam and carbon dioxide to expand the dough. This gives that soft, open texture :D

 

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I love these Strawberry Scones! They are always moist and tender. Since the dough isn’t handled too much, the strawberries stay whole and don’t bleed out into the dough.

 

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I start by combining the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Then cut the cold butter into the flour with a fork or pastry blender. You could also use your fingers to gently rub the butter into the flour to create little grains.

I use buttermilk in my recipe to make these tender and give them some great flavor.

Sparkling sugar is sprinkled on each scone just before baking to give these a nice crunch.

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See all those little pockets? Those are steam pockets. When you see bread with lots of those you know it has risen well during baking.

 

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These Strawberry Scones are so moist, tender, and loaded with delicious bites of fresh strawberries. They are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast or as a snack.

The white whole-wheat flour and strawberries in these scones makes these whole grain and adds valuable Vitamin C. This vitamin C functions as an antioxidant which can help prevent oxidative damage to cells.

Strawberries also have heart health benefits. They can help reduce the risk of hypertension and inflammation which can lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

 

 

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Strawberry Scones
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 8 tsp sparkling sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing combine flour sugar, baking powder, and salt with a whisk; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl beat egg. Add heavy cream, buttermilk, and vanilla; whisk to combine.
  4. Add butter to the flour mixture. Using your fingers rub the butter into the flour for form a coarse meal.
  5. Add milk mixture to flour. Stir with a fork to combine batter into a loose dough.
  6. Gently stir in the strawberries.
  7. Transfer dough onto a lightly flour counter top. Gently press dough together to form a 8 inch circle about 1 inch thick.
  8. Cut into 8 wedges. Place on baking sheet.
  9. Sprinkle each scone with 1 tsp of sugar.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Two Healthy Kitchens says:

    These are just gorgeous – I totally wish I had one with my afternoon coffee right now! Your photos really show how wonderfully airy and crumbly the texture is, and you did a fantastic job explaining the science behind how to produce those results, so we can all achieve the same lovely texture when we make them! Oh – and of course you know that I totally love the white whole wheat flour – so much more nutritious, and no one will ever know the difference (tee hee :D )! ~Shelley

    • Thanks Shelley :D I love food science just as much as I love these scones! I don’t want to get too nerdy with the science of cooking and baking, but it is super exciting to me :D

  2. Yum! You can see how delicate and lovely these scones are… and as someone who’s never made them before, thanks so much for the tips! These look amazing :)

  3. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    I loved reading about the way mixing methods work. The science behind baking is so interesting to me!
    Also, these scones look amazing. I love that they’re whole wheat, and I’m sure that fresh strawberries make them wonderful as well :)

    • I think when you see there is a reason for certain ingredients and methods it is really incredible to watch various ingredients turn into something delicious :D
      Thanks Consuelo!

  4. These look gorgeous and absolutely delicious! Strawberries are so good this time of year. These scones look so fresh and light.. Yum!

    • The strawberries have been so great. They are nice and red and very sweet. I also like that they aren’t expensive right now :D

  5. Cindy, I’m going to admit something to you… I’ve never tried a scone before! I’ve never even heard of a scone until I became a food blogger. (I live in Utah and the only scone we have ever known is the fried dough.) Crazy, I know! I’m definitely going to have to make these… asap!

    • Oh yeah, I remember your fried bread very well. My daughter loves making that!
      These are equally as tasty and are perfect with coffee or tea. Thanks Gloria :D

  6. There is something in the air. I wrote a recipe for scones last night for me to try. Love that you’ve used buttermilk in yours, and fresh strawberries. How divine!

    • Isn’t funny how that seems to happen. I’m about to do a post and several other people just did the same thing. Haha. I love the buttermilk in these. It really lends to their tenderness. Thanks Tandy

  7. I can go for a few of these with some coffee right about now! I am such a scone perosn :)

  8. These scones look lovely, Cindy! Scones are one of my all-time favorite treats to enjoy at breakfast or lunch. This recipe for strawberry scones looks so elegant, and i love that you used white whole wheat flour to add some nutritional benefit!

    • Thanks Jamie :D I love a scone in the morning with a hot cup of coffee. I think the whole wheat flour gave them some good color too :D

  9. Scones both scare and excite me. Though I do love this strawberry-infused recipe!

    • Thanks Joanne. Scare and excite?! They scare me because I know I’ll want to eat and lot and excite me because they are bread :D Haha

  10. spicedblog says:

    Oh man, I love strawberries and I love scones…so I’m pretty much destined to love this recipe! And kudos for using the white whole wheat flour, too! :-)

    • Thanks David :D I love the white whole wheat flour and there is noticeable change in the texture, just some extra nutrients.

  11. These scones look delicious, Cindy! I’ve never had a strawberry one before, but I bet this would be my new favorite! I love the touch of sparkling sugar, too. Beautiful!

    • I loves scones, but have been a little leery of adding fresh fruits because I don’t like with they bleed into the batter. That kind of looks unappealing. Thankfully, these don’t do that at all. Thanks Gayle :D

  12. Allison @ Clean Wellness says:

    Scones and coffee make me wanna dance! I love this recipe, Cindy! I have never tried making scones with fresh fruit but I absolutely need to. And you’re so right about baking being a science! I have learned that the hard way over the years for sure. Also, I love the scones sliced in a wedge like this instead of rounds -makes them look more authentic! :)

    • Thanks Allison! These babies definitely make me want to do a happy dance around the kitchen :D The fresh fruit is wonderful. I also like that it stays and doesn’t bleed out into the dough.

  13. These are wonderful.. you made me craving for some.I think I’ll just go and make them too :)

  14. These looks GORGEOUS, Cindy. I wish I could have one with my breakfast today because I totally love cakes, cupcakes, brownies and scones in the morning. I know it is weird… hahhaa! Love the idea of using whole wheat flour to make the recipe healthier.

  15. OMG I love scones! These are absolutely perfect, Cindy! Pinned!

  16. Cindy, you SO have me craving a scone right now! I love that these are whole wheat, and it’s fascinating to read the “science” behind the recipe. :)

  17. I Love scones, and these strawberry ones look fantastic. I’m also crazy in love with that sparkling sugar sprinkled on top, I think that’s my favorite part of the scone ;). Looks delicious!

  18. Being British, I LOVE scones so much! And I love these even more because they have strawberries in! Can’t wait to try the recipe out! :)

  19. I love scones! They are my favorite breakfast treat! And with strawberries? Yes yes please! I wouldn’t mind one of these right now as an afternoon snack :)

  20. I always get confused between British and American scones (I’m British), but I’m pretty sure they’re both delicious if these are anything to go by!

    • Yeah, that is a bit confusing. I think they are very very similar. I think American scones tend to have more add-ins, like my strawberries :D

  21. Laura and I are sitting on Lake Ontario on vacation wishing we had these strawberry scones with our cup of tea! Too bad. Look so yummy right now!!!

    • Tom, that sounds wonderful. I think I may go outside, enjoy the sounds of nature, and one of these :D
      Hope you guys are having a great vacation!

  22. First I have to say those scones are gorgeous! I wish I could eat one right now! I also wanted to tell you I love all of the details and explanations you give throughout your post. You make it sound so easy! I’m going to have to make these very soon!

  23. I love scones, too! And your strawberry version looks so moist and fabulous!!!

  24. Baking is definitely a science and I think that is why I tend to stay away from it! I just want to dump things into the bowl and have everything come out perfectly!! haha! I’ve never made scones before, but if I’m ever out at a bakery and they sell scones I buy all of them! I bet strawberry scones are amazing! Maybe these are just what I need to get me over my fear of baking!

    • Wouldn’t that be wonderful to dump everything into a bowl and be successful?! Well,that and an oven that baked everything perfectly.

  25. I love scones…GOOD scones…and these look really good! I love the fresh strawberries in them. Pinning!

    • I’ve had some scones that are so crumbly and dry that you have to heat them just to bring them back to life. These are wonderful! I love that they are moist and tender. Thanks for Pinning! You are awesome, Marcie :D

  26. Your scones look amazing! So light and moist!!! And strawberreis?! Sold. I want one. Okay two.

  27. My mom used to make cheese scones when I was a kid and they were my absolute favourite. I’ve never had a sweet version, only the savoury. Perfect timing as strawberries are all over the place in Ontario right now. :)

    • Interesting, Sharon. I’ve only had them with fruit, nuts, and plain. Never with cheese or savory flavors. I need to try some of those :D

  28. Nothing beats a good scone, especially when they look as good as yours. I bet they just melt in your mouth! Also, love that you used strawberries. It doesn’t get much better than these!

  29. These look amazing Cindy! I love scones and with fresh strawberries? Yum – they sound perfect!

  30. Yo made this sound really like a science class Cindy hahaha. Your scones are so beautiful. I’ve had a bad experience with a pumpkin scones recipe and since then I did not make any.

    • Ha, I guess that is science lover and teacher in me. I get a little crazy and excited about how things work.
      Bummer about the pumpkin scones. I love those too :D I hope you give these a try. Thanks Amira!

  31. Hi Cindy, the scones look so delicious.. scones with strawberry sounds perfect.. Just feel like grabbing one and enjoy it with a cuppa tea… yum!!!

  32. Great looking scones, Cindy. I love scones and I love these more because they have strawberry. Yum!

    • I really love the strawberries in these too :D Well, I love fruit in any type of baked bread. It adds so much flavor. Thanks Norma!

  33. Making these this morning, let you know how they turn out.

  34. Your scones look delicious! Love that you added strawberries. There’s almost nothing better than a scone still warm from the oven and I love to make scones at home because they are often a little stale and dry when purchased.

  35. I love scones, and these look so yummy! I still remember my first time eating a scone too, it was at a grown up tea party :)

    • See, I think having a really good scones is one of those things you don’t forget. I fell in love with these delicious treats. Thanks so much for visiting, Kelly :D

  36. huntfortheverybest says:

    they look like a great breakfast!

  37. These scones look amazing!!!

  38. I love scones!!! They are some of my favorite breakfast carbs! These look delicious!

  39. Love love love scones and these look super delicious! I wish I had 1 or 4 right now! A perfect way to enjoy summer strawberries too. :)

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