Strawberry White Chocolate Scones
These Strawberry White Chocolate Scones are so tasty! Strawberry + White Chocolate + Graham Crackers make such a wonderful combo to this classic pastry.
This recipe is a little unique compared to our others given its context. We are slowly becoming more versed in sourdough starter and the various treats you can make (something we intend to bring to the blog at some point). Scones are a great use of sourdough starter and as such we made them. Completely unrelated, seeing a special toll house mix found here, we decided to combine them and produce a very delicious scone – these Strawberry White Chocolate Scones. This recipe, then, attempts to solve two items. First replacing a sourdough recipe with one that is much quicker and second replacing the mix with one that doesn’t require the toll house mix in case it is not yearly available in someone’s typical grocery store.
To solve the first, we looked at many scone recipes. We needed a basic scone base that could provide good flavor and rise just like the sourdough ones. The bulk of the rise, as we found, came not from yeast but from baking powder (which even the sourdough starter version contained a lot of). With the right amount of rise the only other component is flavor. It is hard to replicate the flavor of starter, but with the addition of a little more brown sugar we got the sweet flavor we were hoping for. However, while it does add a layer of depth, the key for these particular scones is the mix-ins.
The toll house mix is pretty simple, a blend of white chocolate, graham crackers and “strawberry chunks.” White chocolate and graham crackers were straight forward but the strawberry chunks were a bit trickier. Texturally we decided to go with fruit leathers. While real strawberry chunks or something like that might still produce a good strawberry flavor, the mix-in from toll house is firmer and sweeter than that. Combining our new scone base without starter and a house made mix we were able to pretty well mirror our sourdough scones.
We also highly recommend using the toll-house bag, as it inspired this whole recipe. It was an Easter special in our grocery store, but it is possible to get it year-round in some locations.