Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Strawberry Scones using Freeze Dried Fruit

Breakfast, teatime, snack time, anytime, scones just hit the spot. These scones have a delicate strawberry flavor and are glazed to add additional sweetness.
I've made scones using fresh fruit and dried fruit but have never used freeze-dried fruit. So, when a representative from Crunchies asked to send me samples, I was excited.
Crunchies Freeze-Dried fruit is simply pure, fresh fruit that is harvested, cleaned and then quickly frozen. No other ingredients. No preservatives. Just fruit. Available in eight different varieties ~ strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, grapes, cinnamon-apple, strawberry-banana, blueberry and mixed-fruit.
I like them as a tasty and nutritious addition to yogurt but I wanted to see how they worked as a baking ingredient.
 They worked well and added crunch, color and texture for an easy chocolate bark. The slight tartness of the freeze-dried fruit is a nice contrast to the smooth, sweet chocolate.
Melt chocolate, stir in freeze-dried fruit and chopped nuts. I used raspberries and pistachio but try other fruit/nut combinations too.  Pour and spread mixture onto a silicone mat and top with additional fruit and nuts. Refrigerate until completely cool and hardened; break into pieces. 

To bake with the freeze-dried fruit, I re-hydrated strawberries in water a few minutes before proceeding. They worked just as I hoped in this yummy scone recipe and I would use them again.

Strawberry Scones

makes 12 scones

Ingredients
3/4-1 cup Crunchies freeze-dried Strawberries
1 cup warm-hot water

2 cups flour
2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

5 Tbs. chilled butter, cut into small pieces

1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup heavy cream

For Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp. melted butter
tiny pinch salt
about 1 1/2 Tbs cream or more for desired consistency

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat.

In a small bowl, combine the freeze-dried strawberries and water; allow to sit for 10 minutes.

In another small bowl, stir the egg, milk and cream together.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender or your favorite method, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly.

Drain the re-hydrated strawberries and blot with paper towel to remove extra liquid.

Add the strawberries to the cream and egg mixture. Pour into the dry ingredients and gently stir just until dough comes together. Turn dough onto a floured surface and divide in half. Form each portion into a 5-inch round.  Cut into 6 wedges and place on baking sheet.  Bake 20-22 minutes or until tops are nicely browned. Transfer to cooling rack

Stir together glaze ingredients until smooth; spread onto scones.
(The lighting is poor in these how-to photos because I made the scones first thing in the morning before the sun was up)
I received samples of Crunchies dried fruit to try and review. All opinions and thoughts about the product are mine.

9 comments:

Debby Ray said...

Mmmm...these look heavenly! I can't wait for strawberry season!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

These look delicious! I just bought fresh strawberries yesterday, now this makes me want to back with some of them.

FlowerLady

gloriadelpilar_1994@yahoo.com said...

Love these scones !
Look amazing !!

gloriadelpilar_1994@yahoo.com said...

Love these scones !
Look amazing !!

Pondside said...

This all makes me think of a wonderful summer Strawberry Social.
I don't know how it happened but without my doing anything your blog dropped off my reading list. I have rectified that by following again. I hate to miss a post!

Susan said...

Oh,LDH. These sounds incredible. I think I'd like to eat every one. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Susan

Cranberry Morning said...

I love scones and haven't baked any in a while. Thanks for the recipe. I think I might like to break up some of that chocolate bark and stir it into my scones! This looks so delicious!

Just a little something from Judy said...

This is the prettiest scone post that I have seen! Those scones do look so delicious too, and I can't imagine how enjoyable it would be to sit and eat one of them with a cup of coffee, and a good friend to talk to. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I've never used freeze-dried fruit either but they look delicious in both the scones, yogurt parfait and chocolate bark! Your wide-open tulips are beautiful.

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