Scones are one of my favorite things to bake. They can be dressed up in so many ways, with fruit and chocolate or even cheese and formed into all kinds of shapes. Enjoy the bounty of spring in these delicate Chocolate Strawberry Scones. Bits of rich chocolate and sweet-tart strawberries add flavor and texture to these classic cream scones.
Do you remember the first time you had a scone? For my friend Gale, who grew up in Northern Ireland and pronounces it scawn, it was likely before her first birthday. For me it was college.
Scones were not a part of my 1980s childhood in the suburbs of Los Angeles. We didn’t have fancy pants bakeries back then or — gasp — even Starbucks. I don’t remember having a scone until college, and then? Then it was love at first site.
Scones are one of my favorite things to bake. They can be dressed up in so many ways, with fresh zest like these Lemon Drop Scones, with fruit like these Lemon Blueberry Scones and chocolate or even cheese and formed into all kinds of shapes. Scones are very make-ahead and extremely freezer friendly.
My scone mania knows no bounds. I had to hold myself back when I was writing the freezer cookbook. There are FOUR scone recipes tucked within its pages and TEN more here on the site!
Baking scones is not a difficult task. It’s a quick dough, without yeast for leavening, so you can mix and assemble your scones in a matter of minutes. The process is a bit floury as you spread the dough and cut it, but even I — who hates getting my hands messy with dough — can handle the process.
And when you’re baking a batch of these Chocolate Strawberry Scones? The effort is totally worth it.
Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. That certainly is true in the kitchen when you’ve got fresh fruit in abundance. Spring is here and as such, we will be seeing crazy sales on fresh strawberries. They’ve been as low as $0.69/pound in my neck of the woods, so I stock up whenever I see a great price! And don’t worry, you can always freeze your berries if you end up buying too many!
Strawberries are delicious for eating fresh. Who needs another way to eat them really? However, strawberries are a fickle fruit, particularly when you buy 12 pounds. Ahem. They will go “off” rather quickly leaving you with sad, dull looking berries (at best) or fuzzy little science projects (at worst).
It’s not a deal unless you find some great ways to use your strawberries. You can make Strawberry Salsa or Strawberry and Chocolate Icebox Cakes when the berries are still at their prime. Move toward blending them into Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Strawberry Lemonade, or Strawberry Mango Smoothie with Banana when they start to sag.
Or bake them into these Chocolate Strawberry Scones!
How To Make These Strawberry Scones
You don’t often see fresh strawberries baked into things. Their high juice content and mush-potential often gets in the way of that. However, I’ve found that if you dice the berries finely, they work very well in strawberry scones or their cousin, the Strawberry Oatcake.
It’s a modified version of a classic cream scone recipe from Fine Cooking. I’ve reduced the amount of cream as well as swapped a whole egg for the two yolks. I do not want to worry about what to do with two egg whites!
How to make this good and cheap:
You know I don’t typically want to make something if I can’t make it good as well as cheap. Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. When I find regular kitchen staples on sale, I buy a lot. I’m currently using a price book to track prices and that’s saving me money. For this recipe, keeping an eye on the price of flour, butter, and chocolate can help keep the price down. And of course, stock up on strawberries when they’re at a great price! You can check out all my strategies too for stashing that beautiful seasonal produce in your freezer.
- Buying in bulk – It’s rare that I would buy a small amount of chocolate chips. In a household with 8 people, you know your solo bag of chocolate chips doesn’t stand a chance of being there when you need it. I hedge my bets by buying in bulk. I also have gotten into the habit of buying cases of flour from Bob’s Red Mill or VitaCost so that I always have baking supplies on hand.
How I make this recipe easy:
One of the great things about scones is that you can freeze them before or after baking. If you freeze them prior to baking, you don’t have to thaw them at baking time; just slide the frozen scones into the hot oven and add a few minutes to the baking time. If you bake them first and then cool and freeze, you can very easily thaw them overnight on the counter so they’re ready when you are.
This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.
Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:
- food processor or pastry blender – Either of these tools make quick work of the short dough. You can do it by hand with two knives, but I prefer my food processor.
- bench knife – I love this tool for easily cutting dough into pieces.
- parchment paper – I hate washing pans. Parchment paper makes clean up a breeze.
- sheet pans – I LOVE my set of steel sheet pans. They make such a difference in baking.
Chocolate Strawberry Scones
- 2 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar plus more for sprinkling
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp butter cut in chunks
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 6 strawberries finely diced for 1/2 cup
- 2/3 cup whipping cream plus more for brushing
- 1 egg , beaten
- Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
- In a food processor bowl fitted with a metal blade, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pulse once or twice to mix. Add the butter and pulse until coarse crumbs are formed. (You can also do this in a large mixing bowl, using a pastry blender, two knives, or a fork to cut the butter in.)
- Empty the dry mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate chips and diced berries. Toss to combine. In the now empty processor bowl (no need to wash) add the cream and egg. Blend well.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry and fold to combine, just until mixed.
- Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface. Knead a few times just until everything holds together. Pat the dough into a large circle about nine inches in diameter. Cut the dough into eight wedges.
- Separate the wedges and place on prepared pan. Brush with some cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Cool on rack before serving.
Originally published July 10, 2009.