These Strawberry Cream Scones use just cream and no butter, for a lovely flavour and a and moist texture. These ones are filled with lots of fresh strawberries, so they are perfect for a strawberry season treat!
Did you get up to watch the Royal Wedding this past weekend? I can never resist them! This was the third I've watched (yes, I'm old enough to have watched Diana and Charles get married :) I have to say, this one was my favourite - the most personal.
For the royal wedding watching, I baked up some cream scones and bought some clotted cream. They were so delicious that I was inspired to bake up another batch this past weekend, this time with some strawberries. I know many of you are into strawberry season already (jealous!) and I can't think of a nicer way to bake with beautiful strawberries than to pair them with cream scones.
What are Cream Scones?
Cream scones are scones that are made with only with heavy cream as the fat and use no butter. Since the heavy (whipping) cream is providing all the fat in these scones, you really can't substitute a lesser fat cream or milk and achieve the same flavour and texture.
Cook's Notes for Strawberry Cream Scones
Adjust the amount of sugar you add to the scone to your taste. As written, they are definitely not overly sweet. Try them as written, then adjust up or down as you like.
If using imported, out of season strawberries, I like to add a teaspoon or two of sugar to the diced strawberries along with the flour.
Change it up by trying these scones with other fruit, such as raspberries, blueberries or blackberries.
For best results, don't skip the trip to the freezer before baking. The brief cooling helps the scones rise higher and keep their shape better as they bake.
Top Tip: Every time I make these scones I end up using a slightly different amount of cream. Flour varies in humidity, so on one day, the flour will absorb more liquid than on a drier day or with a different batch of flour. So when it comes to the amount of cream to use, you'll want to add as much as is needed to make a just moist dough (with no patches of dry flour at the bottom of the bowl.) That may end up being a bit more (or less) than the recipe specifies.
Strawberry Cream Scones
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp fine table salt
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla (or vanilla bean paste)
- 1 1/3 - 1 1/2 cups cold heavy whipping cream (use as much as needed to moisten)
- 1 - 1 1/4 cups diced fresh strawberries (fairly finely diced)
- Additional heavy cream (for brushing)
- White granulated sugar
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Prepare the strawberries and place into a bowl. Toss with a bit of flour (just a couple of teaspoons) and set aside. *Note, if using imported, out of season strawberries, I like to add a teaspoon or so of sugar, as well.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
- Measure out the heavy cream, then stir in the vanilla. Pour half of the cream over the dry ingredients, then stirring gently while adding just enough of the rest of the heavy cream to make a just moist dough. There shouldn't be any pockets of dry flour in the bottom of the bowl, but the dough shouldn't be super sticky, either. Don't hesitate to add an additional tablespoon or so of heavy cream if needed to achieve this. Gently and quickly stir in the strawberries.
- Remove the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Gently gather the dough into a rough ball, then using the palms of your hands, gently press into a 7-inch round, even-height circle. (Press in along the sides, as well, to ensure the sides are not crumbly).
- Transfer round to prepared baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut the round into 8 even wedges. Separate the wedges and arrange on baking sheet with at least 1 inch in between. Place baking sheet into the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and brush tops of wedges with heavy cream. Sprinkle tops generously with white, granulated sugar. Work quickly so they don't warm up.
- Bake the chilled scones in preheated oven for 14-16 minutes, or until lightly golden.
- Remove the scones from the oven and immediately remove to a cooling rack. Serve warm or store cooled scones in an airtight at room temperature for several days. These scones can also be frozen for longer storage.