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Summer marks the beginning of the berry season here in the Northwest. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackcaps and of course huckleberries begin their glorious arrival.
This recipe for Sourdough Scones with Lemony Glaze came about after I ended up with extra blackberries after a catering event, and wanted to use up some extra sourdough discard,(sourdough starter) I had in my fridge.
Let me just say right away, the sourdough starter gives the scones an earthy robust flavor that pairs beautifully with sweet and tangy berries.
what is sourdough starter/discard?
Sourdough Starter is often referred to as “wild yeast”, made from flour and water and the wild yeast in the air around us,and it is typically used as the “yeast” when baking Sourdough Bread. The sourdough “discard” – the part of the starter that often goes to waste- can be used to make flavorful scones, biscuits, wafflesand pancakes.
what can you do with sourdough discard?
- Make Sourdough Waffles!
- Make Sourdough Pancakes!
- Make Sourdough Biscuits
- Make Sourdough Buns!
- Make Sourdough Tortillas!
A few days ago, on a camping trip in Idaho, we stumbled upon a patch of wild strawberries. In size, they were the smaller than a pea, yet surprisingly, bursting with so much strawberry flavor, it was hard to believe the flavor was real and not manufactured. It was as if all the strawberry flavor of a regular-sized strawberry was packed into their tiny little bodies, they were so intense and delicious!
For the tastiest berries, head to your local farmers market. There, produce is picked right before it is sold, given time to ripen on the vine. Much of the produce that finds its way to our grocery stores have been picked early for travel, ripening off the vine, producing a fruit or vegetable that often lacks flavor and vibrancy.
How to get the best looking Berry Scones?
When making berry scones, an easy way to make them so you can actually see the berries after they are baked is to line a cake pan with plastic wrap or parchment. Place a layer of fresh berries on the bottom of the pan.
Then gently press in your scone dough over the berries. Freeze for a couple of hours. Invert, then cut into wedges. This way, the berries are on the top of the scone. Cutting them into wedges when frozen makes it easy to get uniform pieces. If the dough is too hard to get the knife through, just let thaw for 15-20 minutes on the counter.
Let them thaw on a parchment– lined baking sheet before baking.
How to make Sourdough Scones- Tips
Whenever you follow a recipe calling for flour, make sure to mix the container of flour before measuring, fluffing it up. If flour sits for too long in the bag or canister, it will settle and get heavy and dense. Giving a quick mix with a wooden spoon will add air to it and will ensure that you don’t end up with too much flour in the recipe. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup.
The basic recipe is easy, just read it over once before starting. Use cold butter, and don’t leave out the lemon zest. Don’t overwork the dough, which will release the gluten in the flour and cause the scones to be chewy.
Place wedges on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spaced 2 inches apart, let thaw, and bake for 18-24 minutes.
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- Prep Time: 170
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: breads, scones,
- Method: baked
- Cuisine: pacific northwest
- Diet: Vegetarian
An easy recipe for Sourdough Scones with Berries and Lemon Glaze using Sourdough Starter! Plus an easy tip to help keep your berries intact! Vegan Adaptable!
- 2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries (or raspberries or other berries)
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (see notes)
- zest from one lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cold butter- sliced into 8 pieces ( or vegan butter)
- 1 cup sourdough starter (275 grams)
- 1/3 cup milk or cream (or nut milk, plus more if necessary)
1 beaten egg, for brushing, optional
- 1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 cup powdered Sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
- Line an 8-inch cake pan with parchment and fill with 2 cups fresh berries. If your berries are very tender, freeze for 30-60 minutes beforehand, this way they will hold their shape ( and not smash) a little better.
- In a food processor, pulse flour, lemon zest, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Pulse in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse sand.
- In a small bowl mix milk and sourdough starter together. Add the starter mixture to the food processor and pulse until it just forms a ball (just a few times) adding a little more milk only if necessary. Dough should be heavy and thick. Don’t overwork it.
- Spread the dough over the berries and press down gently, into all the corners with your fingers. Place in the freezer for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400F. Remove dough from the freezer and invert on cutting board. Let sit a few minutes or longer until thawed enough to cut. Cut into 8 equal size pie shape wedges. Brush with beaten egg (optional). Space them 2 inches apart (they will puff and spread a bit) on parchment-lined baking sheet, let thaw 20-30 minutes and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- While baking, make the glaze. Stir sugar into lemon juice in a small pot on the stove until dissolved. Whisk in butter (optional). Set aside. Drizzle over warm scones.
If you prefer to mix berries into the dough itself- using frozen berries makes this much easier. Simply fold them into the dough, and no need to freeze the dough. This will save time here!
If subbing other flours- just start with 1/2 cup. (For example, 1/2 cup whole wheat mixed with 2 cups white.) You can tweak it from there, the next time. 🙂
- Calories: 325
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These sound amazing! Do you think it would be alright to leave it in the cake tin and cut it into pieces after baking?
Thx so much! Love your recipes
That is interesting Kayley! I have never tried this- and honestly, I have no idea! Would you let me know if you give it a go?
I have never made scones before. The instructions were great. The scones turned out beautifully and so delicious. I found them to be nice and moist. Hubby is a scone lover and thought they rated a 10. I used blueberries. Thanks for the great recipe.
Great to hear Cathy!
I love this recipe! I’ve made it many times and almost always have success.
I do have a question – the last time I made it, the top of the scone came out very raw and the dough would not cook no matter how long I left them in the oven. I suspect it’s because of moisture from the fruit on top, but I used frozen fruit like I have every other time so I’m not sure what happened. Any advice? Thank you!
That is so strange! I’m not sure what could have happened. Was the oven temp correct?
This is my first time making scones. The flavor is very bright and fresh with the tart blackberries and the lemon glaze. I added some cardamom to the flour. I used frozen blackberries and rolled our half the dough, pressed the frozen berried in it then rolled the rest of the dough on top. then cut them and baked them. Should I have let the cut scones set for a while to thaw the berries in the dough before baking? The scones were not as light as I would have liked. Maybe I over mixed(by hand) as I do not have a food processor big enough for this recipe. I used the cast-off sour dough from the starter-making process, so not the full fledged sourdough yet. Would that make them lighter if I had? And when I do make these again (and I will!!) with the mature sourdough starter, do I still add the baking powder and soda? Sorry for all the questions. I am a fairly accomplished cook but not a baker. and I know there is a lot of science involved in baking. Love, love, love your recipes. You may make me a baker yet! I am making the sourdough starter for my daughter-in-law for her birthday!
Glad you enjoyed these. It is ok if the berries are still frozen when you go to bake. Over-mixing can make them heavy as well as too much flour ( always spoon and level the flour) and using active starter will lighten them up too. I would still use baking soda and powder even with active starter. 🙂 This recipe is lighter on the butter- so if you like a really flakey scone, add 2-3 more tablespoons butter. 🙂
thank you, Sylvia. I am trying these again this afternoon and this information is helpful. I forgot to add my name last time. Thanks for the great recipes and helpful, prompt replies to questions.
Can frozen strawberries be used?
Yes if they are not too large.
Please include tips on how to use the starter for pizza dough. If recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of fast acting yeast how is the starter measured?
Will be doing a pizza dough recipe soon. I basically just make our sourdough bread recipe ( with out the seeds) and sub 1/2 cup rice flour for a lighter crispy crust. 🙂
Can I use crisco instead of butter?
Hi Hope, have not tried this with Crisco- so not positive here.
Grandmom taught me how to make yeast bread. Now a grandmother myself, I am passing on the skill. I am new to sourdough. I made the starter from organic raisins and am experimenting. Your scones recipe was simple and clear. They are fabulously delicious😋 I’m so glad I found you! Thanks.
Awesome Joanne- thanks so much and love that you are passing this on, such a sweet gift to your grandkids.
I love all of your recipes. Would love for you to develop a sourdough strawberry pop tart! Thank you for what you do
Thanks Lo! Yes, that would be delicious!
I wasn’t a scone fan until now. These were heavenly with raspberries. Thank you Sylvia.
How long can I keep the discarded starter in the fridge before making these?
Glad you enjoyed!
How long can I keep the discarded starter in the fridge before making these?
I would try to use it within a few days, if it has been a week since feeding it. 🙂
Best scone recipe I have come across and my new favorite way to use discard starter!
Can you use buttermilk in this recipe? PS Thanks for teaching me how to function better in the kitchen! Every thing has been a hit & I am really enjoying making your recipes!
Yes, buttermilk would wok fine!
Can you replace the sugar with a sugar substitute?
Yes, a dry one- like coconut sugar. 🙂
Absolutely delicious, Sylvia!
Thank you for sharing. I was gifted a ‘sourdough starter’ and 9 pages of instructions (yikes) based on ‘folding the starter’ over a 24 hour period, In preparation. It was a flop!
Searching online, I found you and HAPPINESS!!! Made the 6 day ‘sourdough starter’ to perfection and VOILA! Perfect sourdough loaf in a Dutch oven. Wow! Thank you.
It was your explanation, to save the leftover ‘sourdough starter mix’ for baking. I made these amazing berry scones and have Friends begging for more… I gave them your website To ‘follow’ while I’m experimenting with more of your recipes.
An absolute treat, and now… in the talk of Town!! lol! Well, with my friends Anyway.
Thanks for the wonderful recipes, I’m going to try all your recipes! And so much more!
Feeling smug and satisfied! Delicious 😋
Ahahaha!I love it Judi- “smug and satisfied” – just perfect! Thanks so much and so happy you are here!
I baked like I was on a ‘whirlwind’. Testing 6 varieties of berries, peaches and mango slices too, and sent friends and co-workers, a Christmas biscuit tin full of ‘leftover sourdough starter’ scones.
“To Die For”
“OMG! I thought I disliked sourdough? Not anymore!”
“It’s so delish, it’s de-finished, more please!”
“Lemony Glaze is my new favourite words. Big check mark ✅ “
“You should sell them online”… 😊
To name a few reviews of lip smacking delight.
Still so ‘Smug & Satisfied” Thanks to YOU!
hahaha! So happy you are making this your own Judi!
Would i be able to refrigerate this dough overnight, rather than freezing for 2 hours?
Yes Ellyn, that should be fine!
Made these berry lemon sourdough scones yesterday and they are delicious! I used frozen mixed berries and white bread flour rather than all purpose. I was worried the sourdough taste would be too apparent but no one tasted it. They were light In texture and just the right sweetness
Amazing scones! I don’t have a food processor, so I mixed everything by hand, and they came out perfect. I used frozen blackberries, so I didn’t have to freeze the dough.
Love this recipe! I’ve made it a few times exactly as recipe (minus the glaze) and they turned out perfect! Today I experimented with substituting spelt flour for all of the AP & added 1/2 cup dried ginger & 1 cup dried cherries (soaked in brandy) instead of the fresh/frozen fruit and it was a hit!
Love your creativity here Rebecca!
These were amazing. I used blueberries. I didn’t have a lemon so I used lemon extract. Excellent taste, beautiful eye appeal. I wish I could share a photo. Love this recipe! Food processor did all the work. I did post it on a discard Facebook group I belong to with a link.
Oh cool! thanks so much for sharing it Teri- very appreciated!!!
I made Sourdough Blueberry Scones using this recipe.
Turned out fantastically
Excited to make this recipe, as a young baker (not sure the self appointed title fits), I’m curious why it needs baking powder and baking soda when it has the starter? Thanks v. Much 😊
It speeds up the rising here.
Can you sub half canola oil in for butter? Would that work?
Hi Kristina, I haven’t tried- so honestly not sure here. Butter gives it a flakey texture. I personally have a prejudice against most seed oils like canola (highly inflammatory), so I stay clear of them. What about a light olive oil?
FANTASTIC! Got home from the blueberry patch, already had sourdough waiting on the cupboard for pizza and swapped to scones! Used good brand of whole wheat pastry flour for 1 cup and it came out delicious, moist and flaky. Thank you! My sourdough starter is over 100 years old!
Wow Jill that is amazing!