Thursday, August 5, 2010

Blackberry Whole Wheat Scones


This recipe is a real gem. It's whole wheat with a small amount of sugar, not too much butter, and produces really nice scones with soft insides and crispy edges. I think this will become my go to scone recipe. I can't wait to try other add ins, both sweet and savoury.


Though I've made many scones before, I didn't realize until I'd made this scone that it's important to knead the dough before shaping it and cutting it. I'm always so paranoid about overworking scone/biscuit dough that I think I've been under mixing/kneading. All it requires is a few extra kneads and the dough stays together so well, versus the many crumbly messes I've had! So don't fear that bit of extra kneading with your scone dough.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Blackberry Orange Tea Scones
Cinnamon Apple Scones
Spiced Carrot Muffins
Whole Wheat Orange Spice Muffins

Blackberry Whole Wheat Scones
Adapted from Everybody Likes Sandwiches

I just recently made these again but didn't have any yogurt so I used milk and it worked out just fine, so use whatever you have! Also, I just want to note that while I adore these scones, they are of the healthier and heartier variety so if you're looking for a light fluffy scone to smear devonshire cream on, these are not it. (Though I have smeared devonshire cream on these scones and oh it is delicious.)

1/2 cup yogurt (I used 2% plain yogurt)
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1 1/2 tbsp sugar (I'll try 1 tbsp next time)
1/2 cup dried blackberries, chopped (or other chopped dried fruit)

Preheat oven to 425F. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, vanilla and egg.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Work in the butter with your hands until the mixture resembles small peas. Add in the sugar and blackberries, and stir in the yogurt/milk mixture. Mix gently with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together.

Sprinkle a clean work surface with a bit of flour and turn out the dough, kneading no more than 12 times. Pat dough into a round shape, flattening it with your palms to 1/2 inch thick and cut into 8 wedges. Place on a baking sheet covered with a Silpat or parchment. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

28 comments:

theUngourmet said...

That's great to know about the kneading. I love making scones. I love the blackberries and the whole wheat flour. :)

Joanne said...

I feel like it's hard to find a really good scone recipe so I'm glad to see one here! Good tip about the kneading!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Berry scones. Now that's a delectable idea. You should submit these to this event: http://www.anhsfoodblog.com/2010/08/birthday-month-co-hosting-international.html

Gigi said...

loved the tip on kneading the dough. i am always afraid too that i will over work the dough. which leaves me with scones that turn into mounds of crumbs! i can't wait to try this recipe out.

Teanna said...

These scones look absolutely delicious! I want one for breakfast!

Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen said...

I like this recipe. Most scone recipes are loaded with fat and sugar. Thanks.

Heather said...

I've been looking for a scone recipe like this. Thanks for posting!

Would you change the recipe at all if you used fresh fruit?

eatme_delicious said...

Heather: Hmm might depend on what kind of fresh fruit. If it's fairly wet like raspberries then I'd probably reduce the yogurt a bit? Not sure though as I don't usually bake with fresh fruit. Good luck and let me know how it works out. :)

Anh said...

Another great scone recipe! I love it!

Edana said...

Wow, these look delicious AND way healthier than most baked goods! (Even the ones that are supposed to be healthy.) I've never made scones--I think I'll start with these! Thanks!

grace said...

i'm still a scone rookie, so i appreciate the kneading tip!

Johanna GGG said...

I love the sound of the yoghurt in these scones - I thought they had fresh fruit at first - I tend to use fresh fruit in baking sweet foods including scones and they tend to be quite sticky but very moist (re heather's question above) This recipe is a bit more like the traditional scones we grew up with - but ours didn't have egg nor yoghurt

Karly said...

Ooh, I love blackberries and I love scones! These look so healthy and tasty!

Tia said...

i love scones, yours look great!

Shanbanan said...

"Add in the sugar and blackberries, and stir in the milk mixture."

Is the milk mixture the yogurt mix? Sounds like a great recipe, but I want to make sure I'm not missing something here

eatme_delicious said...

Shanbanan: Thanks for clarifying that - I just changed it. Yes it means the yogurt mix, though I just made these scones again last night and used milk instead of yogurt so either works well. :)

kickpleat said...

Glad you tried out the scones! They are so fantastic and go so well with all kinds of fruit (fresh or frozen!).

marla@familyfreshcooking.com said...

I love scones and your use of yogurt in these makes them a must try!! The blackberries sound awesome.

Hannah said...

Oh, I haven't seen fresh berries successfully baked into scones before, but these do look perfect! How mouthwatering!

Katrina said...

Yum. I love that they are healthier with the whole wheat flour.
I made whole wheat blueberry lime scones a few months ago and posted them. They were so good!

Chef Fresco said...

These look delicious! And I have a whole bag of blueberries from my mom just sitting in the fridge. :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

The scones look amazing. Love that you made them healthier!

lengslog said...

Hey Ashley:

These scones sounds delicious. Thx for the link. I'll let you know when I try it. :-)

amatterofwillpower said...

can i use the thick greek yogurt type or are you talking about the standard yogurt

amatterofwillpower said...

can i use the thick greek yogurt type or are you talking about the standard yogurt

eatme_delicious said...

I used Balkan style yogurt, but yea I think Greek yogurt would be okay too. I think they would be okay with any kind of yogurt.

Alba said...

i made them with dried apricots and a half teaspoon of ground ginger. delicious. esp with a little butter and plum jam.

Anonymous said...

i seriously just googles "whole wheat scone' and wound up here. i made this whole recipe in jst a couple minutes and it tasted AWESOME! i had some dried mango and used that :) GREAT POST