These Triple Berry Crème Fraîche Scones are pretty much my dream scone. Berries, vanilla, and butter are all things that make me swoon and these scones have them all. This recipe is a riff on my vanilla bean scones (linked below), which are a favorite around here. I make these a little thicker, and they are just so soft, tender, and bursting with a combo of sweet, juicy strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. The dough is scented with one of my favorite flavors: fresh vanilla bean. And with a nod to my French heritage, they are made just a bit more elegant with the addition of crème fraîche. These scones are the perfect treat for Mother's Day or really for any breakfast or brunch that deserves an extra special touch.
Here's a little glimpse into how my brain works and how this recipe came to be. Jason and I were on a walk/run the other day on a beautiful back road near our house. There were wild climbing rose bushes just starting to bloom with their pretty little white blossoms and buds and glorious scent. They look a lot like berry brambles, and I knew the moment I saw them that I had to create a berry recipe just so I could snip a few of those flowers and use them in my photos. I love finding inspiration in the littlest, most special places. I hope I never lose that.
Flowers, berries, baked goods
Speaking of things that make me swoon: Wild flowers are the only flowers for me, and my gorgeous, darling, sweeter-than-the-glaze-on-these-scones husband surprises me with them from time to time. I will never, ever get tired of that. Sigh... Swoon...
Ok, back to the scones
I was leaning more toward breakfast/brunch recipes since that seems to be the thing this year. Or maybe it's every year? I never realized Easter and Mother's Day were big brunch holidays, but Instagram sure schooled me on that! I guess I did know that Mother's Day was a breakfast in bed thing, something of which I have to say I'm not a big fan. Getting up, having coffee, doodling around in the kitchen in my pj's, that's more my style. Plus, the thought of trays of food and hot coffee teetering haphazardly up the stairs is the opposite of relaxing. It all just sounds way more romantic than it actually is-and I'm a super romantic person! Do people really have breakfast in bed? Or is it just in movies and commercials?
Make these scones the night before
No matter where you prefer to eat your breakfast, you (or your kids) can easily whip these scones up the night before, stash them in the freezer overnight, bake them the morning of (yes, straight from the freezer) and enjoy a freshly baked, still warm-from-the-oven scone. You can thank me and those cute little, recipe-inspiring blossoms as you bite into a warm, tender Triple Berry Crème Fraîche Scone.
These really don't need anything else, but who said anything about necessity? While they're still warm, split one open and slather it with salted butter and really good jam. Raspberry jam would be my choice.
Homemade Crème Fraîche
If you really want to get carried away and you're a super planner, make some homemade crème fraîche! Here's the recipe I followed: Homemade Crème Fraîche. It's as simple as mixing 2 cups heavy cream with ¼ cup buttermilk. I used Horizon Organic Heavy Cream which is ultra-pasteurized and I used Lucerne cultured low fat buttermilk. I doubled the recipe and let it sit in a covered mason jar at room temp next to our coffee pot which is basically always on. The cream thickened in about 24 hours but it was well worth the wait. It thickens more in the fridge too. This is the best, freshest tasting crème fraîche! And so much cheaper than store-bought which can also be hard to find.
Also, if you're like me and start making recipes without checking your pantry, here's a recipe for powdered sugar: Homemade Powdered Sugar
That's it! Now get baking!
I always encourage you to read the whole recipe before beginning, especially with one like this that involves multiple steps. Make sure you have the ingredients and the time. And room in your freezer for the scones to chill.
Let me know if you make these! Come hang out on Instagram with me @cookonawhim. I LOVE seeing you all making my recipes! xo - AnitaPrint
More of my scone recipes you might like:
Vanilla Bean Scones (yep, like the starbucks kind, but a million times fresher and tastier)
Cara Cara Orange Scones (you could use any citrus)
And if scones aren't your thing:
Frosted Brown Butter & Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Rolls (these are actually the best cinnamon rolls I've ever tasted. Not exaggerating.)