Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Strawberry Basil Scones

I'm taking a break from the building and painting today ... at least for the morning. I had my Lennon home with me this morning while Judith was in school. Lennon has taken fondly to baking (at the age of 2). Any time I pull the mixer out he demands and apron and continually says "cake".  He is definitely my son. 

We had a crate of strawberries in the fridge that hadn't been cracked open yet, and I was in the mood for a scone with my coffee. This recipe is very easy, and includes basil which really leaves you with a fresh taste. And it gave me an excuse to use some of  the fresh basil growing in our window sill.

       Strawberry Basil Scones:
       adapted from BHG

  • 2 1/2
    cups all-purpose flour
  • 2
    tablespoons sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt
  • 1/2
    cup (1 stick) butter, cut into chunks
  • 3/4
    cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2
    tablespoons snipped basil
  • 2
    eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2
    cup milk

  • milk and sugar to top

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl stir together the flour, the 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gently toss in fresh strawberries and basil. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

In a medium bowl stir together eggs and the half-and-half. Add egg mixture to flour mixture all at once. Using a large spoon, gently stir just until moistened.

Turn dough out onto a generously floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing it 5 to 7 times, turning dough a quarter turn after each fold. Transfer to a lightly floured parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat or lightly roll dough into a 3/4-inch-thick circle. Cut circle into wedges (a pizza cutter will work well) and pull apart slightly.

 Brush wedges with additional half-and-half and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 16-20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. Refrigerate any leftover scones; reheat 15 seconds in microwave. Makes 8- 12 scones.

What is more delicious than freshly baked scones with your coffee? I think we all know the answer to that.


  1. Yumm!!!! And how convenient is it that I have strawberries and basil growing in my backyard right this very minute! I just hope the strawberries make it so I can use them for something as delicious as this!

    1. Liz, you totally have to make these from your homegrown strawberries and basil and then tell me about it! That would be heavenly

  2. Those look fantastic!! Can't wait to try this recipe. Megan

    1. Thank you! I hope you try them soon, they were delish!

  3. These look yummy! What a lovely blog! Glad I found it :)