Miss G. and I did a little Valentine’s Day inspired baking yesterday and came up with these gorgeous little heart shaped strawberry scones.
They are delish.
Chock full of fresh strawberries and laced with a good dollop of vanilla bean paste these pink hued babies smell and taste of summertime strawberries and cream.
Rather than following the traditional route I decided we’d skip mixing the scones together by hand and opt instead for the food processor. And thanks to our favourite kitchen gadget the strawberry studded scone dough came together almost effortlessly and in a matter of just moments.
Grace had the most fun though once we started playing with the dough. Watching her flatten the dough into a chubby disc and cut out the little heart shaped scones melted my heart. Yes it got a little messy but it was totally worth it. Her little face was so proud and full of excitement as she plonked the heart shaped scones onto our baking sheet. And of course she was in charge of ‘painting’ the scones with their obligatory adornment of milk.
Once nestled in the oven the scones grew and turned the most wonderful shade of gorgeous goldenness. And thankfully the scones didn’t take long to cool down as Grace could hardly wait to dig in. Once cool enough I sliced a strawberry studded scone in half, topped with strawberry jam and a dollop of Greek yoghurt and my lovely little taste tester gobbled it up praising her cooking efforts.
In terms of baby led weaning, scones make a wonderful morning or afternoon tea treat. They’re texture is perfect for baby led weaning beginners, firm enough to withstand a tight grip yet soft enough to be nibbled on with ease. So far I have baked mango coconut scones, raspberry almond scones, carrot cake scones, and even a batch of pumpkin scones. All recipes include a good serving of fruit (or vege) and have been gobbled up and enjoyed by little kids (and big). Scones also freeze beautifully. I often bake big batches of scones to stash in the deep freeze, they not only last up to 3 months frozen but defrost and reheat beautifully!
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