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Scones with roasted strawberries

Scones with roasted strawberries
Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Twelve-year-old Olivia Gossett has no problem whipping up a batch of ricotta. Her mother, Clemence, is a pastry chef and co-owner of the Gourmandise School in Santa Monica. Olivia practically grew up in the kitchen, and the cheese is but ... Read more

Total time: About 1 hour | Makes about 8 scones, depending on size

Roasted strawberries

  • 1 (4-ounce) basket strawberries

Step 1Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Trim the green leaves from the strawberries and place upside-down on a parchment- or foil-lined cookie sheet. Roast until softened and fragrant, 10 to 20 minutes. Set the sheet aside until the strawberries are cooled. Mash 1/3 of the berries to serve inside the scones, reserving the rest for the plate.

Scones

  • 2 cups (264 grams) flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup grated Gruyere or white cheddar
  • 1/4 cup (½ stick) butter, very cold and chopped into little pieces
  • 3/4 cups buttermilk (or milk with 2 teaspoons lemon juice added to it)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons coarse organic or turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Step 1Heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cheese.

Step 2Rub the butter into the flour mixture just until each piece is reduced to about the size of your fingernail. Stir in the buttermilk and heavy cream just until the liquid is absorbed by all of the flour. Dump the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and, using a flat, open hand, pat the dough to a uniform thickness of approximately 1/2 inch. Freeze for 30 minutes.

Step 3Using a biscuit or similar round cutter, punch out the scones, spacing them at least 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Brush with milk and sprinkle over the coarse sugar. Bake until puffed and a rich golden brown, 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the size. Cool slightly before removing and serving.

Assembly

  • Roasted strawberries
  • Scones
  • Ricotta (see related recipe)

Step 1Split scones. Layer with roasted strawberries. Place top of scone on strawberries. Top with a dollop of ricotta and a roasted strawberry.

Note: Adapted from the Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories in Santa Monica.

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