strawberry shortcake scones

Our air conditioning was blasting yesterday, and today we’re cranking the heat.  I love the crazy bipolar weather in May, there’s never a dull moment.  These Strawberry Shortcake Scones represent the best of both worlds, with tons of juicy ripe strawberries tucked inside warm and cozy pastry.  And you can count on my scones to be super tender, none of that cardboard coffee shop stuff.  (I was inspired by these beauties from Very Culinary.)  But one warning – DON”T try to eat these in the car on the way to work, they’ll crumble in your lap, ruin your work clothes, and definitely cause some collateral damage, your insurance will go up, it won’t be good.  These scones are meant to be enjoyed in a civilized manner, at an actual table, with a plate, a napkin, and a cup of tea. (Imagine!)

tender strawberry scones

Did you ever notice how some things taste so good you don’t even think to feel guilty?  That’s the case with these scones.  Yes they’re made with butter, and cream, they’re scones, after all.  But a fresh strawberry scone on a spring morning is a beautiful thing, not to be messed with.  You can go back to your yogurt smoothie tomorrow.

strawberry shortcake scones ready for the oven

These scones can be served with or without glaze.  I like the glaze, and I like them warm.  If they’ve already cooled, zap them for a few seconds in the microwave, they go all soft and pillowy that way.

glazed strawberry shortcake scone

Strawberry Shortcake Scones

Yield: makes 8 scones

Strawberry Shortcake Scones

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour, measured with the fluff, scoop and level method
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut in pieces
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 cup half and half or cream
  • 2 cups (about 10-12) chopped strawberries
  • icing
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)
  • milk, cream, or half and half to thin

Instructions

  1. set oven to 400F
  2. Put flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.
  3. Add the butter pieces and pulse about 30 times to incorporate it, the mixture will be crumbly.
  4. Remove the mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the strawberries. Toss to combine.
  5. Mix the half and half with the extract and drizzle it into the bowl, mixing just until the dough comes together. It will be sticky and a little unwieldy due to the strawberries.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and form into a 7 or 8 inch flat round. Cut in half, then into 8 triangles.
  7. Arrange the scones onto a parchment lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Put the tray in the refrigerator while you clean up.
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the scones are golden. Cool on a rack before glazing.
  9. To make the glaze, mix the sugar with enough milk to make a spreadable glaze. Add the extract if desired.

Notes

Inspired by Very Culinary

http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/strawberry-shortcake-scones/

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33 Responses to Strawberry Shortcake Scones

  1. Steph says:

    Scones are one of those things I’ve always believed I *should* like, in theory they’re right up my alley. But, invariably, whenever I order one I’m disappointed.
    This recipe totally proved me right – I do like scones, they just have to be good scones, like these one bursting with delicious strawberry flavor!

  2. Lani says:

    I made these today. The dough turned out too wet for some reason so I had to add flour. Also they grew HUGE. They are way bigger than I had anticipated. I might try to make them smaller next time.

    • Sue says:

      Scone dough can be very wet, Lani — I like it that way, it bakes up super moist. Maybe next time leave it wet?

  3. Pebbles says:

    This recipe is awesome. Just made them lastnight. One change i did was macerate the strawberries in a little sugar first to make them sweeter. Then i used the reserved liquid from the strawberries to make the glaze using less milk. Ended up with a pretty pink glaze :) One thing I will change next time is to use a biscuit cutter to make slightly smaller scones as these made 8 enormous ones.

  4. Amy Tong says:

    I haven’t make scones for a while and now I’ve craving for some after seeing your post and recipe. :) You know what I’m going to have for Sunday brunch tomorrow!? Yes, Strawberry Shortcake Scones. Can’t wait to try these tomorrow.

  5. Sippitysup says:

    Wow. These are beautiful. Do you have a trick to keep the strawberries from oozing moisture during baking? I’ve always gotten burnt bottoms. Maybe it’s oven temp? GREG

    • Sue says:

      I did use parchment paper, which helps, and I did bake at 400 rather than 425 which a lot of scone recipes call for.

  6. I agree that half the experience is the eating! I love your photos, these scones look so fluffy and delicious :)

  7. grace says:

    scones are definitely not an eat-on-the-go breakfast, but they’re delicious, this batch especially!

  8. Joanne Bruno says:

    So you’re basically saying I should be late to work making and eating these because trying to eat them on your commute is just crazypants. Twist my arm. :P

  9. Sue, what a great looking scone! Now I’m dreaming of having these for breakfast, and it doesn’t matter what the weather is… they look fabulous!

  10. It’s AC for us today. Which means the house temperature is perfect for scones! These are terrific. And the pictures are superb. Thanks.

  11. So I went strawberry picking last weekend and have a huge container of strawberries in my fridge that need to be used up. This scone recipe is perfect! I will do my best to eat them elegantly with hot tea, but I’m also not opposed to eating them on the go and making a mess in my car!

  12. Oh you had me at strawberry, I love these scones!

  13. These look so gorgeous – those photos are fabulous.

  14. Well. You know I love your scones. I’m sure these would be no exception! It is cold and rainy here and scones would be a highlight of my day!

  15. Oh my goodness, these scones are amazing! They are absolutely gorgeous, and I love the strawberry shortcake idea!

  16. Scones are my weakness and these are perfection!

  17. Just say the word scone and I’m hooked! These look absolutely gorgeous, and this cool weather is perfect to make them-wish I had strawberries right now!!

  18. Susan says:

    These look perfect for strawberry season, Sue! I love the weather comment too :) I also love Mark Twain’s quote, “If you like the weather (here) just wait five minutes.”.

  19. My favorite cheat food for breakfast is a scone and these scones are making me wish today was in fact a cheat day. I love the little juicy bits of strawberries as they add a pretty pop of color and give my tastebuds something extra special to discover.

  20. Ashley says:

    The weather is the same around here – hot then cold! But that’s just spring isn’t it!

    I love a good scone and these sound fantastic with the strawberry!

  21. These sound delicious! I love the fresh strawberries. We are having a cold, rainy day and these sound like spring! Thanks for brightening my day.

  22. Catherine says:

    Dear Sue, These scones look heavenly to enjoy in any weather! I would love them with cup of tea. xoxo Catherine

  23. These look so beautiful and sound completely delicious! Would be such a great addition to a weekend brunch. I bet my mom would love them…might have to make them for Mother’s Day!!!

  24. Yikes, these look spectacular Sue and your description has me ready to crank up the oven. I think your warm weather has blown over to the East coast but I don’t care, these would be so worth heating up the kitchen for!

  25. Monique says:

    I adore scones too..You made me smile about the weather..just read a fantastic quote..
    Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade..Charles Dickens.
    How true and lovely a quote!

  26. Oh you know I love a good scone! These sound wonderful with all those fresh strawberries. Icing makes it even better. Hey thanks for sending the heat wave our way! Glad to know cooler weather is close behind :)

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