I actually witnessed 80 degree weather last weekend which makes me believe that spring has finally arrived.  Spring is synonomous with berries in my mind and so when I bought a big box of strawberries that were as sweet as candy, I could hardly wait to bake them into a tasty breakfast treat.  I had some friends coming over for coffee and these Strawberry White Chocolate Scones were the perfect treat to serve.

Strawberry White Chocolate Scones {satisfymysweettooth.com}

I would never in a million years choose white chocolate over real chocolate just to snack on, but there is something special about creamy, buttery white chocolate when it is paired with sweet, juicy berries that works beautifully.  These Strawberry White Chocolate Scones are subtly sweet thanks to the fresh berries and taste even a little sweeter with the addition of almond extract.  The white chocolate chips melt slightly while the scones bake so that their creamy richness infiltrates each bite.

Strawberry White Chocolate Scones {satisfymysweettooth.com}

What spring or summer ingredient do you look most forward to?

Strawberry White Chocolate Scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12-16 scones (depending on size of wedges)

Perfectly soft and tender scones filled with sweet strawberries and creamy white chocolate chips

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp chilled butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray).
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter. Use a pastry blender to combine ingredients until the butter is combined with the dry ingredients and is the size of peas.
  4. Using a spatula, mix in the egg, milk and almond extract until well combined.
  5. Mix in the strawberries and white chocolate chips.
  6. Place a piece of parchment or wax paper onto the counter and lightly sprinkle with flour.
  7. Turn the dough out onto the sprinkle the surface lightly with flour. Pat the dough into a 1-inch tall circle. Then, using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough into wedges (like a pie). *For mini scones cut the wedges in half.
  8. Place wedges of dough onto the prepared baking sheet and bake 15-18 minutes, until lightly browned.

Strawberry White Chocolate Scones {satisfymysweettooth.com}

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On the 10th Day of Christmas my sweet tooth gave to me Gingerbread Scones and a King Arthur Flour giveaway!

The holiday season is in full swing.  Chances are you will be hosting guests, attending parties and looking for edible gifts to share.  There never seem to be enough hours in the day this time of year to accomplish everything you would like to and before you know it, days blur into weeks and it’s 2012!!

Sometimes I overwhelm myself with trying to do too much in this short season.  It’s not that I think that anyone else will actually care how many cookies I make or how nicely my presents are wrapped.  But it’s just that I enjoy doing these things and it makes me so happy to give someone beautifully decorated cookies or a great present.  We can all use a little help and a few shortcuts to get us through the hustle and bustle.

Just in time for all of the madness I’ve got a great giveaway to share with you to help you through the madness.

The fabulous folks at King Arthur Flour sent me some of their scone mixes and lovely sparkling sugar to try and they are so kind they want to pass on these great products to one lucky reader!  Have you tried King Arthur Flour products before?  Their products truly are superior and they are dedicated to providing the highest quality ingredients.  The company is employee-owned and that means that bakers with years of experience are actually behind the products making sure that you get a consistent result every time you use their flours.

Check out King Arthur Flour’s new products for holiday baking and learn a bit more about their amazing programs and initiatives:

Ok, more about the giveaway!  I made these Gingerbread Scones and they were so incredibly flavorful and elegant with very little effort.  And this sparkly sanding sugar is perfect for making all of your baked goods shine.  How perfect for a last minute breakfast treat for you and your family or guests!  Enter to win the King Arthur Flour products that you see in the photo above:

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Earl Grey and I go way back.  When I have a cup, it is like visiting a comforting friend.  When I need to relax or am chilled to the bone, nothing soothes me like a hot mug of Earl Grey tea with a splash of milk.  I have so many fond memories of having tea with my mom, grandmother and aunts.  And even now when I return home, there is a small group of ladies that my mom and I get together with and drink tea and visit for hours.  As you might expect, I enjoy a sweet with my tea.  Scones are one of my favorite tea party treats.  I love that scones are a bit dry and crumbly because that makes the tea that much more refreshing and rehydrating.  Also, any baked good that not only I, but the majority of society acknowledges as an acceptable breakfast food gets extra points in my book.

I have not met a scone that I did not like, but I particularly enjoy scones with fresh fruit in them.  Again, there is something about the contrast between the burst of fruit juice and the dry scone that is very pleasing to me.  It is for those reasons that I love these Raspberry Coconut Scones.  In my opinion, they are the perfect crumbly scone texture and the tart burst of berry flavor marries so nicely with the subtle sweetness of the coconut.  Who’s up for a tea party?

 

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mix butter into dry ingredients

pour egg mixture into the dry mixture

 fold in raspberries and coconut and place dough onto floured work surface

cut dough into wedges, place onto baking sheet and brush with egg wash

bake and enjoy

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Hello sweet teeth!

My husband ASKED me to BAKE last week.  No, you do not understand how significant this was.  I imagine that a lot of men would be thrilled to have a wife/girlfriend/significant other who is obsessed with all things food.  I know that my husband appreciates and enjoys the things that I make, but my culinary adventures are often met with comments such as, “Who is going to eat all of this?”  Or “Why would you make graham crackers when you can just buy them?”  So, as I mentioned, when he asked me to bake something for him to bring to work, I was shocked and excited!  He requested something “breakfast-y” and since I had just purchased two pints of plump, juicy blueberries, scones it was!

With all of the seasonal summer fruit coming to its’ peak, I find myself with even more excuses to bake.  I like to take advantage of the produce that we are only able to enjoy for a few short months out of the year in this part of the country.

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(adapted from Martha Stewart)

Blend butter into dry ingredients

….until pea-sized pieces remain

Whisk together eggs and cream

Pour wet ingredients into well created in center of dry ingredients

Once dough comes together, gently mix in blueberries

Pat dough gently and evenly into prepared cake pan

Turn dough out of cake pan onto floured work surface

Cut into equal-sized pieces

Brush scones with remaining egg/cream mixture before baking

Bake until golden brown


Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  1. Blend powdered sugar and lemon juice until well-mixed (add more powdered sugar or lemon juice as necessary to thicken or thin glaze)
  2. Drizzle glaze over cooled scones using a fork

Pass the Earl Grey please!

**My kitchen blooper of the day**

I made two batches of these scones and I ran out of baking powder after the first batch.  Luckily, I have a corner market across the street and so I ran over (covered in flour as usual) and quickly replenished my supply.  Before I purchased the baking powder, I looked at the expiration date (2012) which got me thinking about how long I have probably had my current baking powder.  Although I bake very often, the powder I ran out of had been a backup that I found in the back of my baking cupboard.  Well, let’s just say I recommend that you check your expiration dates!  Look at the difference between the scones made with the expired baking powder and the ones with the newly purchased powder!  They all tasted wonderful but, I learned my lesson.

Made with expired baking powder

Made with new baking powder

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