Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Huckleberry Lemon Scones


Saturday I ran out to pick some huckleberries in the front of our house. We have five large bushes that were loaded with berries and have been waiting all summer for them to ripen. I ran to the one that was closest to the house and then the next one. There were hardly any left. Dang those birds, I've been outsmarted again.


Days before we had traveled to the big city of Eugene to run some errands and stayed overnight in a hotel. We drove back late the next day. Before leaving the long awaited berries looked plump and ready to pick. I was anxious to get back as I had many recipes and ideas lined-up. My total pickings today were a little over a cup, so disappointing.

These scones are biscuit like in texture, not too dry and sweetened with a light lemon glaze. I halved the recipe and added less butter and 2% milk instead of cream. There were a few other minor changes as well.

This recipe has been adapted from Ina Garten's, strawberry scone recipe.

Ingredients:

For the scones:

1 1/2 cups flour, plus 1 teaspoon for the huckleberries
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cold stick butter (small cubes)
1 egg
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup huckleberries
1 lemon (zest)

For glaze:

1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

To prepare:

Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare cooking sheeting with butter or use a baking mat.

In a large bowl combine both flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or blend on low until mixture is the size of peas.

Whisk egg and milk together, add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. In a small bowl combine huckleberries with the flour to lightly coat the berries. Then add floured huckleberries and lemon zest and gently distribute throughout.

Turnout dough onto a lightly floured surface, shape into a square of sorts and roll out with floured rolling pin until approx 3/4 inch thick. Cut into fourths, then once more at a diagonal to form eight triangles.


Transfer to prepared baking sheet and bake 20 to 25 minutes until lightly golden brown.


Remove from oven and let cool at least 15 minutes. Then combine sifted confectioner's sugar and lemon juice to form a glaze using a glass measuring cup. **easier to pour that way** Pour glaze in a zig zag like pattern on top of the scones. Enjoy!





Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

75 comments:

  1. I adore scones! Bummer those birds beat you to the berries!

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    1. What really sad it's the second year in a row, how can these silly little birds outsmart me again.

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  2. Huckleberry!i am hearing about it for the first time.. but this surely sounds and look awesome.. these scones look delicious! love the lemony flavour.. :D

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    1. Hi Arpita, huckleberries are much smaller than blueberries and taste similar too.

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  3. These look delicious and I am glad you were able to salvage at least a few to make what look to be fabulous scones. Birds, I guess they have to eat, too, eh? But why your huckleberries? We had some wild turkeys come through our yard soon after I planted our summer annuals. They helped themselves to my petunias, I didn't understand why they didn't take the weeds in the flower bed instead. Dang. Thanks for another delicious looking recipe...D

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    1. Hi Dena, I think next year I will pick 2 bushes and cover them with a special net and then they can have theirs and I can have mine.

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  4. These look like the perfect breakfast treat. Sorry that the birds beat you to most of the harvest though :(
    However, they didn't get to enjoy your gorgeous buttery scones, so maybe you did get some revenge :)

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  5. Oh my gosh, those look so good, Cheri! What a shame about the birds. I have a similar issue with rabbits, lol. Your recipes always look so appetizing!

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    1. Hi Robyn, I know what are you going to do, at least I got to enjoy some.

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  6. Well Cheri though you only got about a cup of berries you certainly put them to good use, The scones look wonderful.

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  7. I have the same problem with birds, gave up growing blueberries, may give up raspberries and blackberries too.
    Love scones and yours look delicious.

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    1. Hi Norma, they eat the all of our blueberries too every year, I have already given up on that. Thanks!

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  8. Your scones look delicious Cheri, I wish I could get huckleberries in my corner of Australia :)

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    1. Thanks Karen, in AZ we pay 12.00 a pound, it's much nicer when they are free.

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  9. I don't think I even know what a Huckleberry is. These scones look delicious Cheri. I'm such a bird watcher, I'd probably plant berries just to attract them.

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    1. Hi Lea Ann, I love the birds too, I'm selfish I guess I would like to have both.

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  10. Such a bummer over the berries! I'm glad you at least got enough to make these delicious sounding scones!

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  11. These scones sound great! I've never made anything with huckleberries, and don't have that kind of bush, but I'll have to try these with another kind of berry!

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    1. Hi Nancy, any kind of berry should work, thanks!

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  12. I have never tried a huckleberry; they're not available here. What unfortunate timing. That is so disappointing - you must have been gutted. I recently went out to pick a few spears of parsley onto to find the possums had eaten every single shred of parsley and left me nothing but bare stalks. I was crushed. I'm glad you had enough huckleberries to make these scones xx

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    1. Hi Charlie, possums sound so cool, I bet they are pesky too!

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  13. I've never seen Huckleberries before. I love how your scones look so I'm glad you got enough for these at least :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy, huckleberries are much smaller than blueberries. There are little comb like tools you can buy to harvest them, but then you still have to pick off the stem.

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  14. What beautiful scones and how lucky you are to have any huckleberries! We can't even find them in markets here.

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    1. Thanks Abbe, one of these summers I will outsmart those birds. Now I sound like a cartoon. Haha!

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  15. Beautiful! Your huckleberries look so different from the ones we have here in Vancouver. Ours are small, red, and very, very tart.

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    1. Hi Teresa, if I wait long enough for them to ripen they are sweet, but then I am competing with the birds.

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  16. Such delicious scones, I haven't had huckleberry but wouldn't mind trying it now :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Hi Uru, if you like huckleberries you should like these.

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  17. I have never tried (or seen!) a huckleberry, but they look very much like blueberries to me, which I love (and are readily available in Australia). If they taste anything like blueberries, I can imagine your scones would be delicious with the lemon glaze :)

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    1. Thanks Sam, yes they do remind me of blueberries, but much smaller.

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  18. your scones are just perfect! I love the way you cut them!

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  19. Huckleberry and lemon sounds like a great combination for these scones!

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  20. I'm so jealous you have huckleberries in your own yard! My dream is to have loads of fresh fruits available for picking on my property. Sounds delicious with the scones!

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    1. That's a great dream Kelly, I am working on something similar.

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  21. I don't think I've ever tasted huckleberries! I've been told this is one of the items I need to bring home from Seattle this weekend...fingers crossed I can find some! I'll aim for 1 1/2 cups :)

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    1. Good luck Liz, you still might be able to find some. Love Seattle!

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  22. Yikes - I'm afraid I don't think I've ever even had huckleberries! And how funny I was reading a book recently where there was talk of huckleberry pie! I am a fairly recent scone convert and yours look wonderful here!

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    1. Hi Monica, huckleberries are a lot of work, so glad you converted.

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  23. Great combo in those delicious scones.I have never made scones!

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  24. Better luck outsmarting the birds next year! ;-) These scones look delightful. I love your tip about making the glaze in a measuring cup. I've made a lot of messes drizzling glaze out of a regular bowl

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    1. Hi Kelly, only because I have made some pretty big messes myself.

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  25. I have never made scones or tasted a huckleberry. I would love to try a bite of your pretty scones.
    Sam

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  26. I've never tasted a huckleberry before but sorry that the birds got to them :( Scones are one my favorites and I love the sound of the lemon with huckleberry. They look amazing!

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    1. Hi Kelly, huckleberries are kind of like blueberries, they are delicious!

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  27. Huckleberries are new to me and I am so wanting to try them! These must be so wonderful.

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  28. I'm so jealous you have your own huckleberry bushes!! Such fun. We used to pick them in northern Michigan....my mother made the best pie!
    Your scones look delish!

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    1. Hi Barbara, I was hoping to make a pie but I guess it's not to be. Maybe next year.

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  29. Gorgeous scones! You are ever so lucky to have your own huckleberry bushes. That is a berry I love!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  30. That's fascinating that you have huckleberries growing in your front yard, how cool is that? These scones look delicious...I could one right now with my morning tea :)

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    1. Hi Phi, it is pretty cool, if we can get our hands on some. Ha!

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  31. These sound heavenly! How many people have access to fresh huckleberries? Lucky girl!

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  32. I love scones too..Never even saw a huckleberry I think...!
    These look so lovely.

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    1. Huckleberries are much smaller, but just as delicious when ripe!

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  33. Have seen those berries here, but didn't know they are edible. Those scones look marvelous, Cheri.

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  34. I have never tried huckleberries before! Definitely something that I need to get my hands on and cook with.. thanks for the great scone recipe too!

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    1. Hi Thalia, huckleberries are delicious, thanks for stopping by.

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  35. aw man, i'm sorry the birds got to your bushes before you could harvest the berries.

    i love me a good scone, and these look amazing!

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    1. Hi Lan, me too, those birds are driving me crazy.

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  36. I have such a huge weakness for scones and anything with berries. One of the wonderful things about Oregon is all the berries you have there. Definitely making these babies! (We're heading to Eugene in a couple weeks to pick up our new puppy from a breeder there!)

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    1. Hi Susan, we have 3 types of berries in our yard, we are constantly fighting with the birds over them, they are pretty crafty. what kind of puppy are you getting?

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  37. Oh, that is heartbreaking! The same thing happened he when I waited to pick the prickly perez fruit. Damn birds/javelinas/whatevers! Your scones look great though - the perfect use for your special harvest! David

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  38. Scones are my favorite thing on earth.

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  39. Hi Cheri, I have not tasted fresh huckleberry but I like scones and had baked with a few recipes. Your Huckleberry Lemon Scones looked so tempting and delicious ... perfect with a cup of hot beverage ^-^! Thanks for sharing.

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