Look at these Strawberry Lime Scones and become instantly curious about this insanely tasty flavor combination of fresh fruit and citrus.
I've said it before and it certainly still holds true: pregnancy cravings are not to be messed with!
Jacquee from I Sugar Coat It is responsible for bringing on the craving that resulted in these scones. She posted an in-progress picture of her scone-making on Saturday morning on Instagram.
I should have known better - but I was checking my Instagram feed that morning before eating breakfast or even getting out of bed yet (Jacquee is way out East so her breakfast time was a few hours earlier). Because of that, as soon as I had seen her luscious raspberries and white chocolate chips, it was settled - scones had to happen THAT DAY!
I Love Strawberries - My Husband Loves These Scones!
Now, I only had fresh strawberries at home. Then, lo and behold, my eyes fell on a couple limes in the fruit tray and my flavor pairing of the day was born.
All I can think of while eating these scones is how amazing Strawberry Margaritas would be! Cocktails for breakfast...now I just need a sandy beach.
Even Konrad loved these scones. Usually, he is not a fan of anything tart, so I am always a little hesitant feeding him something with pronounced citrus flavour. But, hey, he was raving about these strawberry lime scones! I count that as a significant win 😉 And a credible testimony for how dang GOOD these things are.
Berries, White Chocolate, and a Sparkly Crunch
I used fresh berries, but I wanted to prevent too much bleeding when mixing them in. So I spread the diced berries out on a plate and placed them in the freezer until I was ready to use them. They won't be completely frozen, yet they will have just enough crisp to hold together while being mixed into the dough. Perfecto.
There also are a few white chocolate chips in this recipe. Worry not - it's not too many so as to overpower the fruity citrus flavor, but just enough to give the scones a subtle sweetness.
In addition to the white chocolate and slightly frozen berries, this recipe takes advantage of a sparkly crunch aspect, which I love. Don't know what I mean? I simply added coarse sanding sugar onto these scones. For that reason, the glaze is more of a thick drizzle, in order to let the sanding sugar shine through. If you slather too much of a too-thin glaze on top, all the sparkle and crunch will dissolve. No bueno.
At any rate, here it is in all its glory! Enjoy this fabulous recipe and see if you can also convert a loved one to the tart side!
Strawberry Lime Scones
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 eggs beaten (reserve 1 tablespoon)
- ⅓ cup half & half cream
- ½ tablespoon lime zest
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- ¾ cup strawberries diced, freeze after dicing until ready to use
- ⅓ cup white chocolate chips
- sparkly sanding sugar
- ½ cup icing sugar
- ½ teaspoon lime zest
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- a little half & half or milk as needed
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk together flour, baking powder, granulated sugar and salt. Using a pastry blender or fork cut in butter until small crumbs form. Stir in eggs, half & half, lime juice and zest to make a stiff dough.
- Lightly flour a surface and turn out dough. Knead in semi-frozen strawberries and white chocolate chips until the dough holds together. Divide in half and shape into flat circles. Cut each circle into quarters (or 6 pieces for small scones) and place on a lined baking sheet.
- Brush with reserved beaten egg and sprinkle with sparkly sanding sugar. Bake for 15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
- To prepare glaze stir together icing sugar with lime zest and juice. Add a few drops of half & half cream as needed to reach drizzling consistency. Place wire rack on a baking tray or parchment paper for easier clean up. Drizzle glaze over scones.
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Excessive sugar in scones can lead to overly sweet and cloying flavors, overpowering the desired taste of the other ingredients. Additionally, an excess of sugar can alter the texture, making the scones too moist or sticky.
The texture of scones is mainly influenced by the careful balance of ingredients, particularly the combination of flour, fat (butter or another solid fat), and a leavening agent such as baking powder. The incorporation of these elements in the right proportions helps create the desired crumbly and tender texture.
To maintain the softness of scones, it is crucial to handle the dough gently, avoiding overmixing, which can result in tough and dry scones. Additionally, wrapping the scones tightly or storing them in an airtight container after they have cooled helps preserve their moisture and softness.
Yes, baking soda is a leavening agent commonly used in scone recipes to help them rise during baking. When combined with acidic ingredients such as buttermilk, yogurt, or lemon juice, baking soda produces carbon dioxide gas, which creates air pockets in the dough, resulting in a lighter and fluffier texture.