Jun 30, 2010

Strawberry Summer: Elderflower Strawberry Scones

I love Strawberries and I adore the smell of Elderflower. So after having found the stunning Strawberry Scones on Confessions of Tart I just had to make them with my own little twist.
Even if you will do this Scones without the Flowers this is a stunning, fast and easy way to fill you tummy with something delicious.

Strawberry Scones
(makes 6 large scones or 12 minis)

1 cup strawberries 
3 tablespoons sugar (granulated)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, in cubes, slightly softened
2/3 cream 
1/2 cup Elderflowers that have been striped from the stems

1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

If using larger fruit, cut into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle fruit with 1/2 tablespoon sugar; set aside. Be sure to make the pieces small, or they tend to fall out of the dough. They'll still be plenty prominent in your finished scones. Sprinkle the flowers over the Strawberries letting them perfume them. 

Combine remaining sugar with flour, baking powder and salt. Add butter, using a pastry cutter or 2 knives to cut in butter (you may want to use your fingers to be sure butter is evenly mixed into flour). Stir in fruit; then add cream all at once. Use spatula to gently stir dough until it holds together.

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. Sprinkle with sugar. 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. Bake 20-25 minutes.
Keep an eye on them dry scones are horrible.


Christy said...

delightfully yummy!!

Lisa said...

Wic..I'm so sorry someone stole your camera so you couldn't take photos of your pavlova and on your birthday no less (Happy belated birthday!) Regardless, I'm glad you loved it and I'm sure it was beautiful.

That said..these cookies look amazing!! Yet another bookmark! lol