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Fresh Strawberry Buttermilk Scones

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No matter what you are celebrating… year end studies, Royal Weddings, High Tea, Saturday breakfast, or an afternoon snack…you’ll want these Fresh Strawberry Buttermilk Scones on your menu! Fresh, ripe, sweet strawberries, nutty whole wheat flour, tangy sweet buttermilk, rich creamery butter – all baked to perfection then drizzled with a heavenly lemon butter glaze.

FRESH STRAWBERRY BUTTERMILK SCONES

Strawberry Buttermilk Scones | www.thefreshcooky.com

I’ve never been to the UK (someday, it’s on my bucket list!!), so I don’t pretend to know what a true, English scone tastes like, however; I’ve been making and eating scones since I was in my early 20’s and these babies are flavorful, moist and delicious, no matter what country they are made and consumed in!

Strawberry Buttermilk Scones | www.thefreshcooky.com

For this recipe, I used my Basic Cream Scone recipe, with a few modifications, such as swapping out buttermilk for cream, using whole wheat flour, adding fresh strawberries and finishing it off with a Lemon Butter Glaze.

How to Make Strawberry Buttermilk Scones

Place all of your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix using a fork or a whisk. Add chopped (or grated) butter and using a pastry cutter or a couple of knives or even your hands, mix until it forms a crumby mixture.

Tips for the best texture and flavor: 

  • Always use butter; real butter and by real butter, I mean the ingredients should read: sweet cream or cream and salt (unsalted is fine too). Nothing that has the word “Light, Low Fat, or Blend” in the title. 
  • Butter (the real stuff) should be really cold chopped into small chunks or grated using a box grater and place it in the freezer until ready to use.
  • Liquid (cream, buttermilk, milk) should be very cold as well, do not leave it sitting out the counter.
  • Work quickly.
  • Refreeze the scones for 20-30 minutes before baking  
cutting in butter into pastry mixture for scones | www.thefreshcooky.com

Work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles small peas, it’ll still be really flour-y.

pea sized butter crumbs in scones | www.thefreshcooky.com

Gently stir in your fresh, chopped strawberries, coating them with the flour mixture. Making a small well in the center of the flour mixture, pour in your cold buttermilk.

Buttermilk in well of flour mixture for scones | www.thefreshcooky.com

Using a fork, stir in the liquids until most of the flour mixture is moist and it starts to clump together, don’t over stir, you will form the dough with your hands.

Pour the shaggy dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. It will seem like a big pile of crumbs, but have no fear, it will all come together.

crumby scone mixture on cookie sheet | www.thefreshcooky.com

Using your hands, pat the crumbs together, molding and shaping it into roughly an 8″ disc, slightly mounded at the top.

Then using a knife, cut the disc in half, then half again, until you have either 4 large or 8 smaller scones. I like to do 8, because then you can eat two, but really you’ve only eaten one! Are you with me?

WHY FREEZE SCONE DOUGH

To ensure the BEST, flakiest scones, pop that disc of dough back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.At this point, scones may be frozen for baking at a later time, simply wrap in parchment paper, and place in airtight freezer bag. Bake as directed, adding a couple minutes if needed. 

I placed a freeze-dried strawberry slice on top of each scone. Optional of course.

scone disc with strawberries ready for baking | www.thefreshcooky.com

Brush the tops with a little extra buttermilk to add a bit of gloss. If desired top scones with a coarse sugar, I like demerara sugar, adds a lovely bakery crunch to the scones. Bake at 400°F  for 13-15 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

NOTE | If crisper edges are desired, before baking, using a spatula, pull the wedges away from each other and position on the pan. For a softer scone, bake as a whole disc, in the last 5 minutes of baking; recut wedges and using a spatula pull the mostly cooked scones away from each other, return to oven and bake another 5 minutes.

brushing scones with buttermilk before baking | www.thefreshcooky.com

Scones should be raised and be slightly golden.

Baked strawberry scones before glaze| www.thefreshcooky.com

Remove from oven, allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

Lemon Butter Glaze

To make the glaze, melt your butter and allow to cool while you prep the rest of your ingredients.

In a small bowl add your powdered sugar, lemon juice and stir, then add your melted butter. If glaze is too thick add a teaspoon of cream or milk to thin.

BAKERS TIP | I like to keep the scones on the cooling rack and place the parchment paper that I baked them on underneath, making for easy clean-up.

lemon glaze dripping off strawberry scones | www.thefreshcooky.com

Serve just like they are or my preference with lemon curd, maybe a little clotted cream or crème fraiche, or butter.

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Enjoy with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

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12 Comments

  1. I bake a lot and was sceptical but thought id give tyese a try. Wont make them again. Very wet dough. Butter melting out all over oven. What a disappointment. Good way to test smoke detector! 😣☹️

    1. Hi Deb, thank you for letting me know. I’m so sorry you experienced this, on many levels, the waste of ingredients and a messy oven amid the disappointment. I’m going to remake these again soon as this is perplexing. Can I ask, did you use real butter (nothing blended with oil), was it cold or room temp? Did you use whole wheat or all purpose white flour? Did you use real buttermilk or make your own (shouldn’t make a difference but looking for anything) and did you use the full 1/3 cup + 3 tablespoons? Trying to determine why the dough was so wet, mine is always crumbly. Where they fresh or frozen strawberries? I made a blackberry version of these over the weekend and they turned out great. I’d love to have you help me problem solve this issue. Again I do apologize. My intent always is for great, easy recipes not for smoke detector testing!

      1. I just made these as well – loved all the ingredients but event thought I kept the disc in longer than the called for time the dough seemed raw and still wet, so putting it back in, hoping for the best. I used store bought buttermilk, real butter, whole wheat pastry flour.