Strawberry Buttermilk Scones #SundaySupper

4.21.2013

 

Our theme for today is April Showers, as in baby and bridal. Looking back, and unless there´s a huge gap in my memory which is rare, I have never been to either. All I know about april showers are the ones that carry unwanted rain and water.

But I do know about scones, whether it´s double chocolate scones, with apricots and cashews, dark chocolate and cherries or the mini parmesan chive scones, yep, I can tell you a thing or two.
So let´s talk about these gorgeous fresh strawberry buttermilk scones that I made a while ago, and decided that if I ever do go to a bridal or baby shower, I would certainly bring these to share. Though it´s autumn here, or fall, I´m very surprised at the amount of strawberries and asparagus that abound in the markets. Not that I´m complaining, it´s a nice surprise. 





Scones played a big part in my life from both sides of my family. 

One because my very irish great grandmother had two recipes that left a mark in all of us, a plum pudding so time consuming I don´t think I´ll ever make it again, and some very easy scones that, though they had nothing special in terms of ingredients or technique, apparently nobody managed to get them quite the way she used to make them. I guess there is one of those recipes in every family. You know the feedback, `They´re good, but not quite like the ones granny made´. 
Yes, that sentence doesn´t only apply to husbands and their mother´s cooking.

And two, because my paternal grandfather went to college in the US to study engineering, something very rare at that time (1918), even more for a guy living in rural Argentina. But it happened, and he came back with two degrees and a love for pancakes and scones, something I already told you in the cornmeal berry pancakes post.


I imagine that bridal  and baby showers include some kind of finger eating, tea time and nice outfits. So scones are a great thing to put on the table. And fresh strawberries, well, they are a great addition any time you can find them.

The first and foremost rule of scone baking is very cold ingredients. I´m not kidding when I say frozen butter. And don´t take the buttermilk half an hour before you start mixing the scones. Butter, buttermilk, they belong in the fridge and freezer until you need to scatter and pour them.
The second rule is a high oven. They need that extra heat to rise however they can in spite of all that butter. And if by any chance you forgot to turn the oven on before you start with the mixing, please don´t leave the baking sheet with the cut scones waiting on the counter. Put them in the fridge or freezer the ten or fifteen minutes it takes for the oven to reach it´s temperature. Are we clear?

And for a shower I suggest making 24 smaller scones.



STRAWBERRY BUTTERMILK SCONES
from Pastries from the La Brea Bakery, by Nancy Silverton

You can use many fresh fruits, such as rapsberries, peaches, blueberries. And pair with zest from other citrus such as orange and lime.

Yield: 12 scones

Ingredients

2 ¾ cups (360g) pastry or all purpose flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Large pinch of salt
¼ cup + 2 Tbs (80g) sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
A few gratings of fresh nutmeg
6oz. (170g) unsalted butter, cut into cubes and frozen
225g fresh strawberries, sliced
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ to ¾ cup buttermilk, cold
Extra sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

Preheat oven to 400ºF /200ºC. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease the bottom.
Place flour, baking powder, soda, salt, sugar, nutmeg and lemon zest in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse a few times to mix.
Scatter cubes of frozen butter on top, and process on low until the mixture is grainy and the butter the size of peas. Don´t over-process.
Transfer to a large bowl, add the strawberries and mix lightly with a fork or spatula.
Add buttermilk all over the flour and fruit mixture, and mix with a spatula or fork until it comes together, but don´t mix too much, or the scones will be tough and flat.
On a lightly floured surface, transfer the mixture, and with a dough scraper or your hands, pat it together, folding it unto itself,  until you have a dough that holds together. It will still be shaggy in places.
Make a rectangle, cut it in half, and then cut each half into 6 triangles or similar. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, sprinkle the tops with sugar, and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, until golden, dry and quite firm. If you need to check, with a fork lift the top of a scone and see if the inside is dry.
They should be eaten within a few hours of baked, preferably warm.


Our lovely host today is Brandie, from Home Cooking Memories, and let´s say I might try to sneak into a shower when I get the chance if they serve the food that the group has gathered today. Mind blowing.

Starters, Appetizers & Snacks
Soups, Salads & Sandwiches
Main Dishes
Cakes
Cookies, Brownies & Dessert Bars
Sweet Treats
Drink Recipes

45 comments:

  1. You know.. I discovered scones only 3 years ago :) And I like them, they are perfect for breakfast or brunch :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Your strawberry scones look pretty and perfect, Paula =) I think your great-grandma from Ireland was looking over your shoulder as you baked up this divine batch.

    I've always heard cold ingredients for scones but never heard of frozen butter. So, thank you for the tip. And your recipe which I'm looking forward to enjoying.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I agree with Ninja Baker- you're making your granny proud- and maybe even starting your own tradition. I always start with frozen butter too, but I grate mine with a box grater- Looks delicious! glad you had a bumper crop of berries down there.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your scones look lovely. And thanks for all the helpful advice about keeping the ingredients cold. That can make the difference between so-so and spectacular results.

    ReplyDelete
  5. You are the queen of scones as far as I'm concerned. You have the best recipes and I love your tips in this post. I haven't used frozen butter but I will next time.

    ReplyDelete
  6. These are some gorgeous scones, Paula! I can totally see making a bunch of bite-sized minis for a shower. And I love the strawberry and buttermilk combo.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I just LOVE scones and strawberry ones, yummy! You have inspired me to make some scones today!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm going to make these for my knitting group, Paula! Perfect for all sorts of occasions...and an ideal spring shower treat :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow. Just wow. What I wouldn't give for some of these for breakfast!

    ReplyDelete
  10. That looks good! I love the color of strawberries scattered all over the scones....so pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Seriously one of my all time favorite scones:) And I do love my scones~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines (I can't wait to try the frozen butter tip)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Paula, these are beautiful! So fun learning about your Grandfather coming to the US to study. We both have a lot of engineers in our families ;-) And yes, no matter what the reality is... grannies were always better... love it!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh these would be fantastic for a brunch shower! LOVE IT!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Just gorgeous! (& bookmarked to try!) It must be a scone kind of day... :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'm so ready to make scones again! These look great and I actually have buttermilk on hand.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Paula - YUM! What a lovely story and a delicious looking scone :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Mmmm date scones are a favourite but I love strawberry scones even more now :D
    This looks absolutely perfect! You are such an awesome baker!

    Cheers
    CCU

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I must make date scones soon! I love dates and scones so much it´s ridiculous, yet never put them together

      Delete
  18. Those are perfect. I so look forward to what you have created every week, you always amaze me!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Beautiful! My kids are on a huge strawberry kick right now and I've always wanted to make scones, so this totally appeals to me right now.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Paula,
    I love that your great grandmother made scones for you! how wonderful is that?! and you're not missing out by having not attended a bridal or baby shower. . it's nice of course to be there to support and send well wishes for your friend (the guest of honor) but the games are usually lame and silly . . but if you're lucky, the food is good. . and if these scones are there, I'd be the one devouring all of them. I also LOVE scones and have not successfully made any here at home. I think I must change this. I used to buy these all the time (one blueberry scone and a vanilla latte) at Starbucks all the time. . but that adds up in $$ and my waistline.
    How much is 6 oz of butter? 1 stick (1/2 cup)? I'm totally going to make these. . yummo! LOVE!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It´s 3/4 cup butter. Hope you like them!

      Delete
  21. You cannot imagine how much I like scones, the problem is that for some reason my family only likes the salty ones, I don't know why.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Here in California we are just beginning our strawberry season and I can't wait to begin baking with the fresh berries!
    The sprinkle of nutmeg paired with the sweet juicy berries sounds divine!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Another fabulous recipe Paula that leaves me wanting what you've baked! it's autumn here too and these would be perfect for warming you up from the insider.
    thanks too for the advice to keep everything cold. Not a problem as my kitchen is one of the coldest rooms in the house at this time of year; i usually have a problem keeping butter soft!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Transportation of produce is really a modern marvel. I don't think a single week of the year goes by where there aren't strawberries, asparagus, and other seasonal vegetables in the store.

    These scones look great, Paula! I'm also super curious about the plum pudding. Have you shared the recipe?

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow - those scones! I have to give this a try and thank you for sharing your Grandma's recipe with us all. YUM.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Paula, just yesterday evening I was talking to one of my daughters and told her we would be having a British style afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream one afternoon this week - I was pondering which scones to bake and these look very delicious to me. They might not turn out as pretty loooking as yours but I will certainly give them a try and let you know how well they were received. Thanks for the lovely inspiration on a Monday morning, Paula!
    Have a good day!

    ReplyDelete
  27. You run a tight ship, Paula! I feel that under your tutelage we will all be making scones that would impress your forebears. :) I just happen to have a pack of strawberries in the refrigerator and butter in the freezer so I am all set to try.

    ReplyDelete
  28. These looks so cheery and summery - such a sweet theme!

    ReplyDelete
  29. What a rich family history you have, Paula! And yes - it was unheard of for a young man from a foreign country to go to America for college back in 1918 - that's amazing! Your family must be so proud of that achievement. And, girl, really? You've never been to a baby or bridal shower? It must be a North American thing. Yes, it's all very dainty and proper, lol. Although bridal showers are getting a bit raunchier. All the ones I've ever been to featured cakes shaped in a certain male anatomy. I made you-know-what shaped cookies with the tips dipped in white chocolate for my best friend's bridal shower as gifts for the ladies. I'm sure they appreciated them! These biscuits look amazing - I love the use of strawberry. And thanks for all the tips of making the perfect scone - the last time I made them, they were like little pieces of lead. Probably because I didn't do any of the things you recommend in this post!

    ReplyDelete
  30. You've never been to a shower?? That is so surprising to me. My oldest friend came to my bridal shower a month ago and that was her first too. Maybe I was just 'always a bridesmaid, never a bride' before finally getting engaged, lol. Anyway, I've never made scones, but I'd love to make these! I love that you can clearly see the strawberry bits.

    http://thefoodiepatootie.com/2013/04/21/spinach-dip-in-a-pumpernickel-bowl-for-sundaysupper/

    ReplyDelete
  31. I had never been to a shower before moving to the States ;)

    I want to be at the party where you bring food, Paula. These strawberry scones look amazing!!! ~ Bea

    ReplyDelete
  32. Beautiful! I haven't made scones since culinary school, but when I start to see some good berries at the market, I'll keep these in mind for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  33. These are seriously yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hace tiempo que quiero preparar scones en casa y todavía no me he animado. Estos con fresas (frutillas?) me han abierto el apetito. They look goooooorgeous!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Those are gorgeous. I just love the pop of color from the strawberries. Perfect for a shower!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Paula, these look sooooo good! I want to eat them before they are even cooked! The strawberries are lovely! The season just started here so I need to get out picking soon and make these!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Oh, and no one can make chicken salad as delicious as my great aunt made. We have all tried. Same ingredients, but never tastes the same. Sometimes it's just the love that it is added. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  38. These look incredible. I really shouldn't have read this hungry because now I really want scones.

    ReplyDelete
  39. I love that you added fresh strawberries to your scones. I need to try this soon, they look amazing.

    ReplyDelete

  40. I have bridal shower I'm giving soon. these scones are perfect!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I love the sound of strawberry buttermilk scones, these look incredible!

    ReplyDelete
  42. I love that you have a little Irish in you. It shows in these gorgeous scones. How cool your grandfather studied in the States. What an interesting history you have. Yes, there are different types of showers. The ones I've been to have been usually for babies and there was lots of finger food and silly games where you guess the sex of the baby and wrap the mommy's belly with toilet paper...stuff like that!LOL

    ReplyDelete

Your comments make my day! Thanks for taking the time to leave a note.

>
Vintage Kitchen Notes. All rights reserved. © Adorable Design.