July 11, 2013

Fresh Strawberry Scone Cake

I have a lovely friend who bakes wonderful scones and she often will make one big round, then slice it after baking to serve with tea.  Since I already made small round biscuit shapes AND mini triangles, I thought I would make one large scone and one medium sized in keeping with my friends tradition.  As I was preparing the dough for baking, I was thinking about needing a dessert recipe that contained strawberries for a request.  I just needed to whip up some cream and buy some fresh strawberries and I would get a nice, basic strawberry shortcake to add to my recipe collection.  What came out was this beautiful layered cake with syrupy strawberries sandwiched between fresh whipped cream and my Dried Cranberry & Apricot Scones!  After taking some pictures, I passed out the forks and my family ate this BEFORE DINNER.   It was cause for celebration because I NEVER bake and hardly ever have dessert...So it was a good reason to have dessert first, THEN dinner.

Scone Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup = 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled  butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup  dried cranberries (such as Craisins;  Dried cherries work well too)
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. grated orange rind (you can also add some lemon zest to freshen it up even more)
  • 1 large egg 
  • 2 large egg whites, divided
  • Cooking spray 
  • 2 lbs. of fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar

  1. Combine sugar and strawberries in a bowl and cover.   
  2. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour minimum or until sugar has dissolved.    
Fresh whipped cream:
  • 1 cup of heavy cream  (will make 2 cups of whipped cream)
  • 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
 For the Scones:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Whisk one egg white in a small dish for egg washing top of biscuit.  
  3. Combine flour,  3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a food processor or bowl.
  4. Pulse or cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  5. Stir in apricots and cranberries. 
  6. Combine buttermilk, orange rind, egg, and 1 egg white; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
  7. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 times with floured hands. Divide dough in half. ( I used my Demarle ROUL'PAT.  Its just like the SILPAT but for rolling out dough...IT DOESN'T STICK...EVER!)
  8. Set 1 half scone mix aside for making traditional shapes for scones or freeze for later use.  
  9. Cut dough in half again.  Form each half  into 2 large circles using a rolling pin and patting out to desired shape and height.  The scone should be about 1/8 inch high.
  10. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray (or use your SILPAT, NO cooking spray needed).
  11. Brush top of scones with reserved egg white.
  12. Sprinkle with remaining sugar; bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until golden.
  13. Cool. 
Prepare whipped cream.
  1. Begin whipping cream using your KitchenAid or hand mixer on medium (use may also use a hand whisk).
  2. Mix until stiff peaks are just about to form. 
  3. Turn off mixer and sprinkle in sugar. 
  4. Continue to mix just  until sugar is incorporated, a few seconds.  Do not over-mix or it will turn to butter.
You may also add a touch of vanilla when you add the sugar. 
To Prepare Dessert:
  1. Place large scone on your serving platter
  2. Spread with whipped cream
  3. Top with half the berries.
  4. Place second scone on top and repeat. 

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