Lemon-scented Strawberry Scones

Saturday, August 7


It's amazing how something that's so simple to make can be so perfectly satisfying. For all the baking that I've done, this was my first scone recipe. Why, you may ask? Because until these scones were pulled from the oven's warm embrace, I didn't know anyone else who was a fan of the crumbly little triangles. I was fearful that if I made a batch, I would end up eating all of them on my own (because I feel empathy towards under-appreciated food and will consume it so as not to hurt it's feelings.) However, this recipe converted several self-described scone haters into lovers.

The reason most people dislike scones is usually because they think they're too dry and perhaps a bit bland. These didn't fall into either nightmarish category. Since I'm a lemon head, I rubbed the zest of a whole lemon into the sugar before incorporating it into the other ingredients. Not only did this make everything smell like heaven (at least my version) but the acidic juices added a lot of moistness to the dough. Fear not for the strawberries, they still managed to assert their sweet flavour through the obliging lemon. The result was a soft, perky, sweet scone with a perfect kick of lemon. Another reason to love scones: they only take a few minutes to throw together. Northwestern crew, this is just a sample of what you could be eating to chase down bacon, feta, spinach omelette's and potato latkes. :-)


Lemon-scented Strawberry Scones
(adapted from Confessions of a Tart)
*printer friendly Recipe*


Ingredients
1 cup strawberries, washed, dried and cut into pieces
Zest of one large lemon
6 Tablespoons sugar
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, in cubes, slightly softened
2/3 cup half-and-half

Topping
6 Tablespoons of sugar ( depending on your preference, use more or less.)

Method
Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

In a medium bowl, carefully toss the strawberries with a small amount of sugar and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar and the lemon zest. Using your fingertips, rub the zest into the sugar until very fragrant (the sugar will be deliciously moist.) Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add butter and, using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, blend the butter into the dry ingredients. Add the half & half and stir just to incorporate (try not to overwork the dough.) Carefully fold in the berries.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times to incorporate dry ingredients. Be gentle so you don't break up the berries and don't overwork the dough. Sprinkle dough with flour if it gets sticky.

Press (pat) the dough into a circle 3/4 inch thick. If any berries peek out, push them into dough. Cut circle into 6-8 wedges, then transfer wedges to the cookie sheet, leaving at least 1/2 inch of space between them. Sprinkle each scone with the 6 tablespoons of sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are just starting to turn brown and spring back when lightly touched. Mine began to turn brown after only 15 minutes so keep checking the colour.


Makes 6-8 scones

9 comments:

  1. Scones are one my favorite foods ever, and they are so easy to make! Perfect with a cup of tea. Here's a recipe I use and love.

    http://nirmalascookingcorner.blogspot.com/search?q=scones

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  2. You are to scones what I am to stuffed animals...I fell bad tossing them out! These look so good

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  3. Hey Valerie, these sound delicious. I love scones, and I've never had a dry one. I won't be having any lately though, since I've decided I need to cut sugars and such:(!
    p.s. I love your sugar doused blog (smile).

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  4. Thanks for the link, Nirmala! I'll have to try those.

    Jennifurla, me too. I have a side-room filled with stuffed animals. I always try to be sure that they are in pairs so no one feels left out. It's good to know I'm not alone on this. :D

    Hi, Stella! Thanks. :) I admire your decision to cut back on sugar. That would be so difficult for me, but after reading your last post...maybe?

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  5. These look absolutely fantastic!! Perfect for afternoon tea, or breakfast ;)

    The title of this post itself was enough to excite me, "lemon-scented.." that sounds just irresitable

    Bien fait.

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  6. I do love scones and would have gladly eaten them with you! But now I have a perfect excuse to make some of my own. These look fantastic.

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  7. These are truly decadent! Nothing like strawberries in summer to tart up a staid little scone!

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  8. So scrumptious, Valerie! I love that you added lemon zest to these. Strawberries and lemon are one of my favorite combinations. :-)

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  9. Your citrus love is really calling to me. This is looking so good, next on my list has to be something lemony!

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