The Speckled Palate
September 9, 2015

Fresh Strawberry Scones

Strawberry Scones, featuring fresh strawberries, are bursting with strawberry flavor, thanks to a secret strawberry ingredient! These scones, which are the perfect centerpiece to any homemade weekend brunch, are buttery, flavorful and disappear in no time.

Strawberry Scones, featuring fresh strawberries, are bursting with strawberry flavor, thanks to a secret strawberry ingredient! These scones, which are the perfect centerpiece to any homemade weekend brunch, are buttery, flavorful and disappear in no time.

Strawberry season is passing us by, but I’m still adoring the summer fruit. I eat it in salads daily. I like it in my drinks. And I really love it at brunch.

It should come as no surprise that I’ve got yet another strawberry recipe for y’all before we move on to autumnal treats. Not that it feels like fall here… even though I heard a rumor — a rumor on a weather website, mind you — that the temps are going to fall today and tomorrow. I’m not holding my breath, but I’d be thrilled if they did.

Before it gets too cool, I wanted to share a final strawberry recipe for the season. Especially since I just recently got it right.

Strawberry Scones, featuring fresh strawberries, are bursting with strawberry flavor, thanks to a secret strawberry ingredient! These scones, which are the perfect centerpiece to any homemade weekend brunch, are buttery, flavorful and disappear in no time.

Sometimes, I nail a recipe on the first go.

Other times, it takes me several tries to make a recipe perfect. (AKA how I envision them in my head.)

This Fresh Strawberry Scone recipe? It’s one of the latter, and I’ve been working on this since after Lady Baby was born. Soooooo it’s taken me about six month to get these just right.

The good news? They’ve always tasted really good, even if their texture was a little off in the previous experimentations.

The bad news? I couldn’t share these with y’all until now because they weren’t 100%. And I don’t like to share anything that’s less than 100% here because I want y’all to feel confident that everything I’m sharing is well-loved in our home.

I may or may not have done a happy dance when these babies came out of the oven the last time because they were perfect, and I was beyond thrilled.

Strawberry Scones, featuring fresh strawberries, are bursting with strawberry flavor, thanks to a secret strawberry ingredient! These scones, which are the perfect centerpiece to any homemade weekend brunch, are buttery, flavorful and disappear in no time.

These scones are super strawberry-y, and it’s not just because of the fresh strawberries used in the recipe. I learned through my experimentations over the years that too many fresh strawberries can be a bad thing… and your scones could turn out gloopy because of the moisture the strawberries add in if you’re not careful.

Then I found my secret ingredient that makes these beauts sing.

Maybe you’ve heard of it?

Freeze Dried Strawberries. These things are brilliant and add tons of strawberry flavor without the added liquid.

Strawberry Scones, featuring fresh strawberries, are bursting with strawberry flavor, thanks to a secret strawberry ingredient! These scones, which are the perfect centerpiece to any homemade weekend brunch, are buttery, flavorful and disappear in no time.

What do you do with ’em?

I’m glad you asked!

You grind these goodies up in your food processor and add them for that extra strawberry punch without watering down your scones with more fresh berries.

Bada bing, bada boom. 

So head on down to the store and pick up these ingredients before strawberries disappear from the shelves as fall becomes imminent. (Please, please become imminent, fall.)

Here’s how you make these scones at home:

Fresh Strawberry Scones
 
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Strawberry Scones, featuring fresh strawberries, are bursting with strawberry flavor, thanks to a secret strawberry ingredient! These scones, which are the perfect centerpiece to any homemade weekend brunch, are buttery, flavorful and disappear in no time.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Makes: 16 small scones
Ingredients
Scones
  • 2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened freeze-dried strawberries, pulverized
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ¼" squares, cold
  • 1¼ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk (dairy or non-dairy OK)
  • 1 egg + Raw Sugar
Glaze
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened freeze-dried strawberries, pulverized
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, freeze-dried strawberries, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. With a pastry cutter, cut the cold, sliced butter into the flour mixture. Once this is complete, the mix will be coarse crumbles and look a little like wet sand.
  4. Gently fold the berries into the dough.
  5. In a smaller bowl, combine the beaten egg, vanilla and milk, then mix well.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently knead the dough, being careful of the berries.
  8. Roll the dough into a rectangle that is about 1½" thick.
  9. Cut the rectangle in half, length-wise, then make triangle wedges into each side.
  10. Transfer the wedges to a prepared baking sheet; brush the tops with the additional egg, then sprinkle the raw sugar on top of them.
  11. Pop the baking sheet into the freezer for 15 minutes.
  12. When the scones are cold, transfer to the preheated 425°F oven, and bake for 20 minutes, or until browned on top.
  13. While the scones bake, prepare the glaze in a small bowl, combining all the ingredients and whisking together until smooth. Set aside.
  14. When the scones are baked and have cooled slightly, drizzle with the glaze, and enjoy immediately.

Strawberry Scones, featuring fresh strawberries, are bursting with strawberry flavor, thanks to a secret strawberry ingredient! These scones, which are the perfect centerpiece to any homemade weekend brunch, are buttery, flavorful and disappear in no time.

What is your favorite summer fruit?

Have you spent a ton of time on a recipe like this? Did you finally perfect it?

14 Comments

  1. Julia

    My hat’s off to you for continuing your hot pursuit of the perfect strawberry scone! I know it can be frustrating to make a recipe over and over in different ways and still have it not come out perfectly. BUT deeeeez scones do look perfecto! And the freeze-dried strawberries idea?!! Genius!! Also, I want to slurp down that strawberry glaze 😀

    • Erin

      Thanks, lady! I’m kind of stubborn — OK, a LOT stubborn — and I wanted these scones to be perfect! My husband kept telling me that they were fine… but they weren’t pretty enough, or the texture wasn’t right where I wanted it to be, etc., so I just kept going. And isn’t the freeze-dried strawberry idea awesome? It adds such an awesome strawberry punch! And ditto on the glaze — it’s so good!

  2. Kate

    Hey, Erin. Stopping by from #SITSBlogging. These look so yummy! Could just eat one now. We were chatting about Link ups earlier at the Twitter cha and I reckon these would go down a storm at the link ups I mentioned (Funtastic Friday and Too Cute Tuesday.

    Have a great weekend 🙂

    Kate (@mrsdiggerhound)

    • Erin

      Hey Kate! It was nice chatting with you at #SITSBlogging last weekend! And thank you — these scones are some of my faves. I’m absolutely checking out those link-ups this week. Thanks so much for sharing, and I hope you’re having a great weekend, too!

  3. Kate

    meant to say, your pictures are fab. 🙂

    • Erin

      Thank you! I have so much fun taking them!

  4. Libby

    I am just like you in terms of making sure a recipe is 100% before I post it on my blog. I think it’s a perfectionist trait 😉 I’m posting some peach recipes on my blog this week….before all the pumpkin recipes take over…which will probably be soon! LOL. LOVE strawberries and these scones look good! Never heard of freeze dried strawberries. I’m going to have to check em out 😉

    • Erin

      I’m glad I’m not the only blogger who is a perfectionist with things like this! And I’m glad that you’re soaking in the last days of peach season before shifting to pumpkin stuff. I’ve basically resolved not to do any pumpkin recipes until October because it’s still too darn warm in Texas for me to make fall recipes. :/ Thank you! Those freeze dried strawberries add such a lovely strawberry flavor without adding the moisture — perfect for scones and cookies and all other baked goods!

  5. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    I love your secret strawberry ingredient! How clever! We are in full strawberry swing here – they are super cheap at every shop and I can’t get enough. I think I’ll have to make these to celebrate before the season ends!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Amy! You should go get all the strawberries and make ALL the things with them because strawberry season is the best! Enjoy!

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