May 6, 2009

Juicy Strawberry Scones

Posted by Susan at 8:00 AM
As I've said on here before, I love anything strawberry. When I was a kid I was Strawberry Shortcake for Halloween one year (remember when plastic masks and a plastic tie back dress were the ultimate Halloween costume?). This is me, I don't even know how old I was here, 6 maybe 7? I look so happy with my plastic mask and dress, posing in front of the blue floral wallpaper in our old house.
Maybe thats when my love for strawberries started. Maybe I just love how pretty and simple and sweet they are all on their own. Maybe I love that they go with so many different foods, you can have strawberries in your healthy spinach salad or in a (somewheat unhealthy) strawberry cupcake.


When I came across this recipe on goodthingscatered.blogspot.com I was a little bit sceptical, see while I love strawberries, I do not like scones. I had only hada scone once, years ago and I hated it. It could have just been that I had a not so great scone, but for some reason it stuck with me and I never had one again. After ready some of the comments on Katie's blog I decided to give this recipe a try. She staed that these are a morebiscuit like scone, as opposed to a crumbly texture (which is what I had tried before and didn't care for).

The result was amazing, so soft and juicy. A great morning treat!


Juicy Strawberry Scones
(http://goodthingscatered.blogspot.com/2008/05/juicy-strawberry-scones.html)

Ingredients
2 1/4 - 2 1/2 c. all purpose flour (depends on how ripe your strawberries are)
1/4 c. granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick (8 Tbsp) butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 egg
1/4 c. yogurt
1/4 c. milk
2 tsp orange zest
1 c. fresh strawberries, diced


Directions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment
- In small bowl, combine egg, yogurt, milk, zest, whisk to combine thoroughly and set aside.
- In large bowl combine flour, sugar, powder, salt, and whisk to combine.
- Using pastry cutter or two knives, cut butter into flour until all pieces are smaller than pea-sized.
- Add strawberries, and toss to coat.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix in lightly with fork until dough just comes together.
- Turn dough out onto well floured work surface and pat into large ball.
- Cut dough in half.
- Shape half of dough into flat disk shape and cut into 8 slices.
- Place on baking sheet and repeat with other half of dough.
- Sprinkle tops of scones with sugar and place in the oven.
- Bake until turn slightly brown, about 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes.
- Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

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