Strawberries? HUH? Doesn’t it seem a little late for them? Well apparently not…our favorite side-of-the-road stand is still open and Lao, the owner/farmer says they will have strawberries until December if we don’t have frost or too much rain…Well I guess we will see about that. But for now they are still beautiful and delicious.
But wait…let me back up and tell you about the first time this summer that we happened upon this place. We passed this farm every time we were headed west on Highway 12…that means we passed it a lot! The time had come, a couple weeks back, to STOP at the stand. Boy-oh-boy are we happy that we did. Pulling into a dirt parking lot with a tiny lean to stand that looks like it would blow over in a stiff breeze.
Waiting at the stand were a hand-full of people waiting to be helped. So we had time to check out the assortment of seasonal farm fresh items including tomatoes, fresh corn, blackberries. I could not figure out why people were waiting. The guy working the stand came out and said “it will just be a few minutes…we are picking some more berries right now.” Wow…how awesome is that. You can not get berries any fresher than that. Oh the flavor of these berries…even a little late in the season… juicy, sweet and warm…the smell in my car driving home was of fresh strawberry jam bubbling on the stove. Red, Sweet deliciousness. When you take a closer look at this unnamed farm site you realize that they are actually quite ambitious in the selection of crops that they are growing, along with a beautiful selection of cutting flowers. Needless to say we do not drive by this stand any more without stopping. Every time we are headed back from West County we stop and buy our strawberries.
Now what to make…..?
I was feeling something breakfasty…decided to take my recipe for Orange Oatmeal scones which is super delicious. (Read… can’t stop eating them warm out of the oven with butter and strawberry jam slathered all over! ) So why not combine the two? I sliced the berries and sandwiched them in between two layers of the scone dough and voila! Now simply add butter or absolutely nothing at all. The strawberries lent a sweetness and a moistness to the scones that really sent this recipe to the top of my list…what list you ask… the list in my head…that go to list…when you need to make something yummy and quick try this recipe. I would love to hear how it turns out. And, if you ever have any questions about a recipe or any technique mentioned here please give me a shout..keep those comments, emails, messages coming.
Orange Oatmeal “Highway 12 Strawberry” Scones
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of kosher salt
7 ounces unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/2 tablespoon orange zest, finely chopped
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/4 cup heavy cream
Mix on low, until the butter is the size of small peas.
Add the oats and orange zest.
With mixer running on slow speed slowly pour in the buttermilk, until the dough just comes together. You do not want to over mix.
Remove dough from bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into two equal portions.
Roll out each portion with a rolling pin or flatten with your hands into a 8- inch circle. So you should end up with two 8-inch circles.
On one circle spread over an even layer of the hulled and quartered strawberries. Top with the remaining dough circle.
Gently press the dough down and help the entire scone creation to become one. Slice into 8 triangles.
Place on a parchment lined sheet pan.
Mix the heavy cream and egg together. Lightly brush each scone with the cream/egg wash mixture. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove when lightly browned and smelling heavenly!
Enjoy Strawberry Sconey Deliciousness…Try and save some to share…
Sonoma County Farm
5556 Highway 12, Santa Rosa, CA 95407