Eat Seasonal: Triple Berry Scones

It is a known fact that things don’t always go according to plan, and that includes gardening, weather and the seasons.

By now, early August, we should be hauling in tomatoes and cucumbers by the pounds, but the lack of heat has slowed everything down. My garden feels about a month behind; it’s looking ‘filled in’ but not quite ‘exploded’.

That’s all okay; I’m in no rush for those Romas or striped zucchini, because local berries are still front and centre. U-picks up and down the lanes are broadcasting blueberries and raspberries for the harvesting, and Quebec strawberries abound in the markets. Seasonal eating for us right now means gorgeous, jewel-hued berries enjoyed every which way. From salads to focaccia, pancake syrups to pies — and these breakfast scones, enjoyed on a recent Sunday morning.

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I may have laboured long over the cake, but my older sister, Haidi, woke up early on the morning of our younger sister’s wedding and made wild blackberry spelt scones and coffee for about 25 people. Talk about a labor of love. Airy and bursting with the sweetest berries, they kept us going for the better part of the day.

Fresh berries in scones is always a pairing I’ve avoided for silly reasons. Perhaps I thought they would yield soggy baking? Anyway, I’ve just always leaned toward dried fruit, citrus zest, candied ginger, and that sort of thing. Totally delicious, as these Cranberry Orange Scones demonstrate, but decidedly not seasonal. My sister’s blackberry scones inspired me to break out of a scone rut; well that and the beautiful berries sitting on my kitchen counter.

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I’ve had this stunning recipe from Sarah bookmarked for a while as she is pretty much the expert on baking. Using what I had on hand, and leaving out a few specialty ingredients, I’ve adapted it into a simple scone that truly highlights those fresh berries.

Yes, it calls for white flour, and includes sugar, but we practice moderation in our home, and a little occasional weekend baking isn’t going to send any one of us into some sort of health spiral. Most days we eat vegetables for breakfast or really hearty grains; we can stand some butter and carbs once in a while.

Sarah’s recipe is based on a genius method from Cook’s Illustrated, which instructs the baker to roll and fold the scone dough to create lovely flaky layers. It’s well worth the trouble. Oh and if the whole shaping and adding berries is confusing to you, watch this video from ATC, which is a great visual aid for first-timers.

Triple Berry Scones
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Serves/Yield: 10 scones
Full of fruit and light as air, these scones are a must for weekend breakfasts.
Ingredients
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or crème fraîche
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 cups organic all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1/2 cup each fresh blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries
  • egg wash
  • sugar for sprinkling ( I used demerara)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Slip a sheet of parchment paper onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the eggs with a fork. Add the sour cream and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and sea salt. Using the large side of a box grater, grate the butter into the flour. Use your fingertips to lightly toss the butter into the flour mixture. Add the egg mix to the flour. Fold lightly with a spatula until just combined.
  4. Dust the counter with flour and empty the bowl into the surface. Gather the dough together, pressing it a bit, but not working it much. Dust with flour if needed and roll dough into a 12-inch square.
  5. Fold the dough in thirds, then in thirds again to make a 4-inch square. Return to the bowl and freeze for 5 minutes.
  6. Roll the dough into a 12-inch square. Scatter berries evenly onto the dough and then roll it into a cylinder. Press down gently on the roll to flatten slightly, then cut it into 10 wedges with a sharp knife.
  7. Transfer the scones to the baking sheet. Whisk an egg with 1 tablespoon of milk for an egg wash and brush the tops of the scones (this helps them to brown nicely). Sprinkle with a little extra sugar if desired.
  8. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Cool slightly before serving.
Notes
While these scones are best enjoyed on the same day they are made, the leftovers made for a spectacular strawberry shortcake on the second day.

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About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I am glad to heat that your garden is a little slow! My tomatoes are still green too. We’ve had a lot of heat in S. Ont of late, but I think (or, hope!) the cool spring explains it.

  2. Oh yummy!! These look amazing!

  3. I love the idea of rolling the scones out to create a layered effect. And I have blueberries in the fridge that need to be turned into something delicious. Thanks for the recipe and the nudge for scones with fresh berries, I also have stayed away from berries because they have made the scones mushy but this looks great!

  4. These scones look delicious, love all the berries in them. Looking forward to trying the Cook’s Illustrated method of making scones.

  5. Well you might not have tomatoes yet but if it means we get to eat these scones then I’m all for it!

  6. This is sort of like a scone-croissant. It’s so pretty! I just have to try it. Love you.

  7. A slower garden just means you get the savor summer a little bit longer! These scones are just gorgeous. Is it the weekend yet?

  8. I have never thought/heard to use a box grater for the butter – Brilliant! I’m always trying to cut into a million pieces that all stick back together. Seriously, I’m super excited to try it!

    It sounds like the east is the opposite of us on the west. We had early heat, super early berry season, and I’m hauling the prime of my tomato crop right now.

  9. xo! Your scones turned out beautiful.

  10. I already miss berries!! We’re on to tomatoes and zucchini here. And though these scones look AMAZING, I’m so curious about berry foccacia… that sounds so fun!! Enjoy the ripe berries while you still can!

  11. I’ve been following your gorgeous posts from the wedding trip on IG – so lovely. And what a treat to wake up to – these scones are lofty and beautiful! I’ll have to try the rolling method!

  12. I saw you posted these little beauties on Instagram and I literally dreamt about them last night! We are driving up to Yorkshire for a week and I am putting them on my holiday menu. British berries are little but very sweet and I can’t wait to put them in scones. I think I will sneak in some spelt flour too. Thank you for a great idea!

  13. I have learned so many great tips from ATK!

    These look delicious. I’ve never made scones before, but as bread is my favorite, I think it’s about time.

  14. Oh wow, those scones look absolutely delicious! If all our berries don’t get eaten by friday, I’ll be making those scones!
    Thanks for sharing and congrats to your sister and husband! 🙂

  15. These look great I’m planning on making them this weekend. One egg for the dough and one for the egg wash? or Two for the dough and an additional for the egg wash?

  16. Hi, if I don’t have raw cane sugar, would you have any idea how much white granulated sugar I should substitute?
    Thanks!

  17. Anne Dilworth says:

    Hi Aimee! Love you cook book – I see in this recipe and others you call for medium size egg. They are very difficult to find in my area. What adjustments to flour should be made when using large eggs?

    Thanks! Can’t wait to try the scones with rhubarb!
    Anne

    • Hi Anne,

      You can use large eggs, no problem. They will be a little more moist, and in a scone, that is a good thing!

      Happy Baking

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