Monday, August 22, 2011

Strawberry Scones

I decided to make these to have for breakfast.  We have been having brunch more often than breakfast and thought these would be something new to try. Most anything that Barefoot Contessa makes is good.  These were good, but not great! I'll probably try another variety next time.

4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cold heavy cream
3/4 cup small-diced dried strawberries
1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk, for egg wash.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine 4 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in the cold butter at the lowest speed and mix until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Combine the eggs and heavy cream and quickly add them to the flour and butter mixture. Combine until just blended. Toss the strawberries with 1 tablespoon of lour, add them to the dough, and mix quickly. The dough may be a bit sticky.

Dump the dough out onto a well-floured surface and be sure it is well combined. Flour your hands and a folling pin and roll the dough to 3/4 inch thick. You should see lumps of butter in the dough. Cut into squares with a 4" plain or fluted cutter, and then cut them in 1/2 diagonally to make triangles. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Brush the tops with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and bake for 20-24 minutes, until the outsides are crisp and the insides are fluffy.
I did not have a square cutter, so I just used my biscuit cutter. I'm sure they will taste just as good, but I do like her square cutter. I guess if we like them, I will have to buy a square cutter.

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