The sun’s out and I feel inspired and buzzing with fresh ideas. There really isn’t anything like the end of Winter to make me feel ready to attack the spring and summer with gusto – it’s amazing what a bit of warmth and sunlight can do!
We had a lovely trip to see the sea of bluebells last weekend, which is a bit of a yearly tradition in my part of the country, which culminated with cool drinks in a National Trust cafe. All the other customers seemed to be tucking into cream teas (obviously it was drinks or nothing for us!), which got me thinking about making a batch of scones. Scones, with their association with cream teas and strawberry jam always seem rather summery to me, so perfect for my current vibe. So here is a cracking combination of scones and strawberries so we can tuck into a cream tea at home.
I’d really recommend using freeze-dried berries in sweet recipes, as you get all the flavour and none of the ‘sog factor’, so there’s no need to adjust the indigents to factor in extra moisture.
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)
Makes about 20
450g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
75g dairy-free margarine
75g caster sugar
300 ml dairy-free milk, I used Oatly
1 tsp berry essence, if you have it
1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries , roughly chopped
To top: 2 tbsp oat milk 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade/gas mark 6. Grease and flour 2 baking sheets.
- Rub the margarine into the flour, sugar and baking powder until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Pour in the essence and dairy-free milk and very gently bring together to a soft dough. It’s very important not to work scone dough. Add the freeze dried berries.
- Gently pat out the dough until its about 1 inch thick. Using a 2inch cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place on the baking sheets Continue, gently bringing the dough back into a ball and cutting out, until all the dough has been used up.
- Brush the top of each with dairy-free milk and sprinkle with sugar Bake for about 20-25 minutes until starting to turn golden. Cool on a wire rack.