Strawberry Poppy Seed Scones

Strawberry Poppy Seed Scones | In Jennie's Kitchen

The other morning my mind drifted to scones while washing my face. Thoughts of food before my teeth were even brushed. This is normal behavior, yes? It wasn’t just any old scone, though—I was thinking about traditional cream scones I’d made six years ago, in honor of Prince William’s wedding. That was the inspiration to make these Strawberry Poppy Seed Scones on a random Monday morning.

The day back in April of 2011 was magical, even though we were no where near Buckingham Palace. I remember setting my alarm for some ungodly hour to get breakfast all ready. When the time came, I woke the girls from a deep slumber, and we piled onto the sofa with Mikey, as we watched the look on their faces as they watched a real prince get married (I’m still a bit miffed that the Queen chose to make Kate a Dutchess and not a Princess).

So, there was a little residue magic that went into this recipe, even though our honorary prince wasn’t there to share them with us. The magic was one of a culinary sort, having subbed in honey for the sugar. Well, the real magic is that the girls loved them so much, they didn’t even miss the real sugar. They loved them so much, they each asked for a second serving once they were done. How could I refuse?

Strawberry Poppy Seed Scones | In Jennie's Kitchen

The only thing missing for me was some double cream to spread on them once split in half. I must plan accordingly the next time I make them! If you’re not a fan of poppy seeds (I’m sure they must exist out there), then simply leave them out. We LOVE poppy seeds in our house. And before you ask, yes, you can can swap in other berries if you don’t like/can’t find/or simply want to use something besides strawberries. Blueberries can be added whole, and quite possible raspberries, too, if they’re in the small side. I’d roughly chop blackberries, personally, but really, it’s your kitchen, so your rules.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Scones | In Jennie's Kitchen

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Serves: 10
Unlike American scone recipes, which produce a wet, shaggy-looking dough, this one is more sturdy and easier to press out. The scones are what I like to think of as a sweeter, more structured, version of Southern biscuits.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (150 grams) whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup (150 grams) all purpose flour, plus more sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (2 grams) fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon (10 grams) poppy seeds
  • 6 tablespoons (84 grams) very cold unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces
  • ¾ cup chopped strawberries (about 4 large strawberries)
  • 2 tablespoons (40 grams) creamy, churned honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tablespoons (95 ml) plus 2 teaspoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Add the flours, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Scatter the butter over the flour mixture, and rub together quickly with your fingers, until it forms a sandy-looking texture with some pebble-sized pieces. Stir in the strawberries.
  3. Using a fork, lightly beat the egg and honey together in a small bowl. Stir in the cream. Pour over the flour-butter mixture, and use a wooden spoon to stir together until it forms a crumbly-looking dough.
  4. Knead the dough in the bowl a few times until it forms a smooth ball. It will seem more dry than other scone recipes if you've made them before—don't worry.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter. Knead it once or twice to give the dough a smoother appearance. Using your fingertips, press the dough out into a ½-inch thick circle. Dip a 2½-inch round cutter into flour, and cut out the scones—it’s okay to re-roll and press the dough out again once if you need to use it all up.
  6. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, until bottoms are deep golden and the tops are barely tanned-looking. Remove from oven and rest tray on a wire rack and let cool 10 minutes before serving. Leftovers may be stored in an air-tight container and heated in the toaster the next day.

5 Comments

  • Carolyn

    I did exactly the same thing on that day in April in 2011 – got up super early, forced my 11 year old out of bed, made scones – and I did have clotted cream! (I planned a sick day so I could be home to watch it all!). I’m old enough to remember Princess Diana and Prince Charles wedding in 1981 (as an eleven year old) and getting up at 5 a.m to watch it all on the black and white TV. Thanks for yummy recipe which I’ll try when strawberries are in season here, and nice memories!

  • Lesley

    Just to put your mind at rest she is a Princess, as Prince William stated on Prince George’s birth certificate. If he hadn’t been elevated to a Dukedom she’d have been known as Princess William of Wales (not Princess Catherine), taking William’s name and title.

    Diana, was never technically Princess Diana, she should have been known just as HRH The Princess of Wales, but the habit of calling her that stuck in the press and public’s mind, however after the divorce she then formally became known as Diana, Princess of Wales.

    As for Camilla, she is and should be known as The Princess of Wales, but because of the furore it would ahem caused decided to be known as The Duchess of Cornwall, one of the lesser titles of the Prince of Wales.

    It seems confusing but for us here in the UK you get used to how it works.

  • Emily

    Hi Jennie! Is there granulated sugar that should be added to the dough? The instructions say to add sugar, but there’s no measurement listed- do the strawberries contribute enough sugar to the recipe that it’s not needed? Thanks!

  • Jennie

    Hi Emily. Thanks for catching that—a remnant from copy & pasting part of the technique. There is no sugar, and I’ve updated the recipe accordingly. -Jennie