Happy 4th of July!

Raspberry Blueberry Scones I Pretty Little Pastimes

Happy Birthday, America; you don’t look at day over 200!

If you are anything like me, than not only do you love a good themed part, but you also LOVE themed baking! I couldn’t resist baking up a little red, white, and blue breakfast to start our Fourth of July celebration. This was my very first attempt at making a homemade scone and it will certainly not be the last. They were flavorful, flakey, and just the right amount of sweetness for me. With a dollop of fresh whipped cream, I would also gobble one of these up for dessert. In fact, I am already thinking about different flavor combinations I can bake up in the future … orange blueberry, cranberry almond, chocolate-anything … yum!

Red Raspberry & Blueberry Scones

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (reserve a little extra for work space)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (optional)
  • natural honey drizzle (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and cut into mixture. I use two forks to break up the butter and then my hands to further knead it in. Don’t worry about catching every small piece of butter, some larger pieces are just fine.

In a small mixing bowl wish together the egg, sour cream (or Greek yogurt), vanilla extract, and almond extract until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mixture. Fold until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Gently fold in the berries and lemon zest.

Sprinkle flour onto your work station and turn the dough onto the surface. Knead it into an 8-inch round. If the dough is too wet to work with, add a little more flour. If it is too dry, add a small splash of milk.

With a large knife, slice the dough into 8 equal sized pieces (like a pizza). Using a flat spatula, transfer the wedges to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure dough is at least 2 inches apart to allow for the dough to spread while baking.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until very lightly golden. Allow scones to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Once cooled (if they last that long), drizzle with a little all natural honey and enjoy!

Raspberry Blueberry Scones I Pretty Little Pastimes

Raspberry Blueberry Scones I Pretty Little Pastimes

Wishing each of you a very Happy Fourth of July!

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Lemon Blueberry Cookies

Lemon Blueberry Cookies I Pretty Little Pastimes

I have always been a big HUGE fan of lemon flavors in cooking and baking, so when I saw a recipe for lemon cookies, I knew what was next on my baking list! With the addition of lemon zest, fresh blueberries, and white chocolate chips these, these cookies really wowed me. With the use of the cake flour, they came out very soft and the flavor combination works for snacking from breakfast to dessert (dangerous)!

Lemon Blueberry Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 & 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon

In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and lemon juice one at a time, mixing until incorporated after each. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and combine. With a rubber spatula, fold in the blueberries, lemon zest and white chocolate chips. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spoon the cookie mixture onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.

The cookies do spread while in the oven, so try not to overcrowd (a couple of mine ran into each other). Also, if you are looking for a more traditional cookie texture, you can replace the cake flour with 3 cups all purpose flour.

These cookies did not last long in our house, so I know I will be making them again and again upon request! Enjoy!