Monday, June 8, 2009

strawberry fields forever...



It's definitely that time of year. I love strawberries, everything about them, the adorable little shape, reminiscent of a heart, the shiny, bumpy red skin, the little green leafy hats, the sweet smell, and duh, the taste! So fantastic. As a kid, it was the only time I would endure the scorching sun, sticky humidity, and throngs of kamikaze mosquitoes dive-bombing my skin...just to pick a basket of strawberries from DeLange's Redberry Farm.

Now, in all fairness and honesty, I didn't pick mine fresh this year, shockingly :), strawberries aren't a popular crop choice here in the desert, but they are still in season, which means they are looking plump and juicy at the local farmer's market (brought in from CA, a few hours away). So, in honor of sun burnt, mosquito toughing pickers everywhere, a yummy strawberry recipe for you!

Strawberry drop scones (adapted from southern living cookbook)

2 cups flour (AP)
1/2 cup organic sugar
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 cup chilled sweet cream butter
3/4 cup fresh strawberries (chopped into bite size pieces)
2/3 cup buttermilk

preheat your oven to 450 degrees

mix the first 6 ingredients lightly with a spoon.
cut in the butter and mix with a pastry blender until crumbly.
add the buttermilk and strawberries, and mix with a spatula or your hands until the mixture is moist and sticky.
spray a baking sheet lightly with cooking spray, and drop scones onto the sheet...making about 9-12 scones.

If you wish, you may lightly sprinkle a bit of sugar onto each scone before baking. Bake for 14 mins, or until golden on peaks. Let cool, and serve with homemade whipped cream! So fantastic!

We do these as an occasional breakfast treat, or after dinner dessert.


  1. I made homemade strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream for the neighbors last weekend. I used a biscuit recipe with just a pinch of sugar, very old fashioned. Well, the biscuits were really flat and hard. The neighbors were still impressed, as they had never had it that way. But I was puzzled.

    Turns out, I had been on the phone with the neighbor when I was mixing the batter, and I added cornstarch instead of baking powder.

    I MUST make them again, just to prove how wonderful it is!!!

  2. Oh my gosh, I would so do something like that. Actually I made a fantastic "from scratch" cocoa brownie recipe lastyear, and couldn't figure out why it initially sucked so bad, turns out I forgot the flour...although I really can't even recall what caused me to forget it, no doubt it was a very short, very loud, very high maintainence person...

  3. Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog. Somehow The Big Lebowski is a really charming movie. I love it.

    Anyway, it's strange because I got on my computer to figure out what to do with a pint of strawberries and I was thinking, scones. Then I popped over here and lo and behold, a scone recipe. That just works out perfectly.

    I'm going to make these strawberry scones, but I'm wondering about the amount of the last few ingredients. Is "cup" missing?

  4. thanks for catching that! yes, lol, cup is missing!!