Saturday, July 11, 2009

Local Strawberries, Finally! (Strawberry Scones Recipe)

For me, Summer doesn't officially start with the last day of school, or the day the municipal pools open, not even when the sun has shined for one whole week in a row. No, for me, Summer officially starts when we go to the farmer's market and half the stalls there are filled with baskets full of the plumpest, juiciest, reddest local strawberries. Ah, Québec strawberries, how I love those little jewels!

We usually eat most of them strait out of the basket, unadulterated, no sugar, nothing. But, the few that are left will most likely end up in baked goods. I like making strawberry muffins, but one morning I felt like trying scones. I was concerned that the berries would make the scone dough too wet, but the scones ended up being just temptingly moist. So tempting the whole batch was gone in a flash. Looks like it's time for a trip to the market!

Strawberry Scones
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup fresh strawberries, diced

1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
Coarse or granulated sugar, for sprinkling

In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add strawberries, and mix carefully to coat them in flour.

Add buttermilk, one egg and one egg yolk (reserve the white). Mix until blended, trying not to crush the berries. Drop dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead delicately, just until the dough comes together.

With floured hands pat dough into a 1/2 inch thick circle. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and with a sharp knife, score dough into 12 slices (as with a pie).

Brush top with reserved egg white and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake in preheated 425°F oven for about 20 minutes. Serve warm.

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Manggy said...

No sugar! Oh, maybe I'm just surprised cos our strawberries here aren't very inspiring :P I'm glad the scones were a success- can't wait to see what you do to the next batch ;)

Aimée said...

Ohh, love these! I would slather them with whipped cream and eat them with a cup of tea.
Berries are kind of late this year, eh?

vibi said...

J'arrive d'être allée aux fraises aujourd'hui... et j'aurai besoind e toutes les idées possibles de recettes à base de fraises... pour passer le 10lbs que je viens de ceuillir!!! LOL (meuh! non... j'en congèle plus que la moitié!!!)

Mais une très bonne idée que je retiens volontiers pour mon maniaque de fraises!

Mari said...

Your scones look so fluffy and delish! Now I've got a huge strawberry craving!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Strawberry scones? That's the sweetest way to celebrate the arrival of strawberry season.

Anonymous said...

Your scones look perfect! I love strawberries and love scones. Yay!

TeaLady said...

Love scones. These look great.

Diane Schmidt said...

I had lots of fresh blueberries and made the scones with them, just a perfect recipe. Next time I will try strawberry. thanks :)

Karine said...

Ces scones ont l'air super bon!!!! :)

Je n'ai jamais fait de scone, mais il faudrait bien que j'essaie un moment donne....

figtree said...

I went to buy strawberries at the farmers market today...they had none!!!These look fantastic. Figtreeapps

Molly said...


I made these today for company. They were perfect. Thank you.


figtree said...

Over the weekend I enjoyed blueberrie scones..these look even better!!Figtreeapps

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Thank goodness we can still find strawberries at the grocers.

Ash said...

I'm liken these scones! Time to go to the market to get some berries! I'm makin' them!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love how the strawberries aren't all mushed up in the scones. May I have some for breakfast, please?

Half Baked said...

Wow those scones look amazing! Unfortunately our strawberry season ended long ago..oh well Next year!

Sarah said...

I made these for breakfast this morning. I just used whole milk, and they were delicious. I think I've found a new go-to scone recipe.