Jun 13, 2010

Low Fat Strawberry Scones




Fresh baked strawberry scones topped with strawberry preserves. Can a morning get better than that? Strawberries are in abundance this time of year, and I've had scones on my mind all week. Typically I use white flour when I make scones but today I did a mix of white and whole wheat. The points remain the same if you want to use only white flour. The trick to making scones is to use cold butter and cold buttermilk. Don't overwork the dough and you'll have perfect scones.





Low Fat Strawberry Scones
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 scone Old Points: 4 pts Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 201.1 • Fat: 6.5 g Protein: 4.5 g Carb: 32.2 g Fiber: 2.7 g  

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar plus 1 tsp for topping
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 (half stick) cup frozen butter
  • 3/4 cups 1% light buttermilk (cold)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Mix strawberries with 1 tbsp of sugar and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

Using the large holes of a cheese grater, grate the frozen butter into the flour. Mix well with flour.

In a medium bowl, mix the buttermilk, vanilla.

Using a fork, slowly stir in the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, until all the mixture is moistened. Do not over work the dough. Fold in the strawberries.

Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat, or parchment paper. Drop 8 equal large spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet (to avoid tough scones, do not press or compact). Bake in the center rack 18 minutes. Remove and let them cool about 5 minutes before eating.

67 comments :

  1. Yum! I absolutely adore scones. :)

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  2. Beautiful!!!!!!! I can't wait to try these. :)

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  3. mmm yum! I'm afraid to bake anything lately, can you send me one? LOL :)

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  4. Gina, do I have to use buttermilk? I don't want to buy a whole container for just 3/4 cup. I always have 1% milk on hand. I would love to try this recipe this week.

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    1. Just "make" buttermilk: 1cup milk + 1tsp lemon juice or vinegar. :)

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  5. I LOVE your WW recipes! Thank you! You have made my "return" back to WW so much more enjoyable thanks to your site!

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  6. Perfect with a cup of tea! I've started using whole wheat pastry flour and really like the results.

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  7. You can make buttermilk by adding 1 Tablespoon of either lemon juice or vinegar. I use lemon juice.

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  8. Hi Gina, just wondering if splenda would work?

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  9. Beautiful! The strawberries are already a little sad here in the south, maybe I'll substitute the lovely blackberries that are starting to show up. If I do that I might add some crystallized ginger and a little lemon zest as well. Do you think the sugar amounts would still be right for the tarter berry?

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  10. @veronica- yes, Splenda would work fine.

    @wwfoodie- these are not very sweet so you may want to add a little more. Or serve it with blackberry preserves.

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  11. Is there anything that can be substituted for some of the butter to help reduce the fat?

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    1. Butter can be replaced with unsweetened applesauce.

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  12. Baking low fat is not easy, I wouldn't use less butter personally. This is already using less than what would normally be called for.

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  13. I just put some in the oven but mine didn't look as moist as yours...what did I do wrong?

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  14. Oh my goodness, these are fantastic. Just made them and had one warm out of the oven. I love your recipes, I use them all the time. My husband never used to like diet food, but he has loved everything I have made from your website. He lost 40lbs too. Thank you Gina!!

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  15. Thank you for all the fantastic yummy recipes.
    You make following Weight Watchers tons easier... Your blog rocks!!!!!!

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  16. Made these last night!!
    turned out great!
    I used skim milk and added 1 tbsp of Vinegar... because I didnt have buttermilk. worked out well

    Thanks Gina!
    Love your recipes, I check your site everyday

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  17. Thanks Gina for a great recipe! I made it tonight with some modifications: I used Splenda instead of sugar, made my own mock buttermilk with skim milk and lemon juice, and used fresh cherries (b/c that's what's in season here) instead of strawberries. The changes made the scones 3 WW points each and boy are they delicious!

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  18. Oh, and I got 10 good sized scones instead of 8. That's why they're 3 pts instead of 4.

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  19. I just bought fresh strawberries! I am going to be making this today or manana latest. I wonder if these freeze well? Gina, I have been visiting your site for a week now and I keep checking out your fantastic recipes. I have made 3 already and I am happy I can lose weight doing them. Eres increible!! ;)

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  20. I just made these using cherries instead, as I had ran out of strawberries. Used splenda in place of sugar and they turned out great. I managed to get 9 scones instead of 8. Very generous portion and it also lowers the points by a little. Thanks Gina, I check your site everyday for new recipes!!

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  21. I made these yesterday and I almost ate them all!! Made 8 and shared two with the neighbors and one for my husband. Hey, he had a big meal lol. I ate the rest today ~ They are that good!

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  22. Okay, I've never, ever baked anything from scratch in my life, so I was a little nervous about trying, but these looked so good and sounded so easy. I just had one, hot out of the oven, and they're fabulous. Moist and flavorful and all-around yummy. Thanks so much!

    Deanna

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  23. I love all the adjustments, adding cherries sounds great! These are very easy to make. I am not much of a baker, so when I do bake, trust me, it won't be complicated!! Happy you all like them!!

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  24. These are excellent!! I topped with Kirkland brand organic strawberry preserves. Yum!! Thanks so much for another fabulous recipe!

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  25. I just have to say I am eating one these as I write this. It is so yummy I used splenda instead of sugar. So good moist and delicious!

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  26. Could I use mango instead strawberries for this recipe? I just bought some and thought it would be nice to make scones.

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  27. These were AMAZING. Only problem? I can't stop eating them!!

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  28. Gina,

    Do you think that frozen blueberries would work?? That's all I have and fresh really isn't in season.

    Thanks!

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  29. Gina, I made these on Saturday and only one made it to Sunday. They are simply amazing! I cannot believe how yummy they are. Next time, I'm making them and sending some to work with my husband to share. I can't afford to eat the whole batch! :)

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  30. I made these last night and they are soooo good!! I also did the lemon juice/1% milk trick (instead of buttermilk) and it worked out fine. I ended up with 9 instead of 8 scones...would that change the points value at all or should I still count it as 4? They just seemed like they would be HUGE, so that's why I made the 9. They were plenty big!

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  31. As per usual, AMAZING recipe! I find the scones I buy in most cafes are on the dry side, but these came out fluffy and moist. Excuse my while I have another...

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  32. These were great! I made half the recipe because it's just my husband and me here at home. I had strawberries and 1% buttermilk to use up, so this was the perfect recipe. Just a note, 4 Points for each is the "old" Points. I plugged the recipe into the Recipe Builder and I came up with 6 PointPlus each.

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  33. Would it be possible to replace the frozen butter with reduced-fat butter spread? Has anyone tried that?

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    1. Did you ever try it? Would like to know. What about liquid imitation butter flavor?

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  34. These look delicious but based on the FABULOUS reviews I think I'll freeze half of them right away ;) Also - I bet dried cranberries or dried cherries would be delicious as well!

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  35. I have a question about the sugar...

    in the ingredients list it says 1/4 cup plus 1 tsp of sugar

    then in the directions it says to mix in 1 tbsp with the strawberries....does the rest go into the bowl with the dry ingredients?

    I'm SO excited to make these! =)

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  36. Yes, the sugar would be considered dry ingredients, sorry for the confusion.

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  37. Delicious! I've been making scones for years, the grating of the butter is a terrific idea, as you don't overwork the dough. Will try these again with different fruit!

    Tip: Buy Buttermilk Powder. It is low in fat and keeps in the refrigerator for months. Just add the correct amount to your dry ingredients and add the correct amount of water in place of buttermilk~works great!

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  38. Just made these and had one right out of the oven with strawberry preserves on top. Heavenly! Thanks for another fantastic recipe and all of your hard work and devotion to healthy eating. I, too, did the skim milk and lemon juice sub for the buttermilk and when I put it in the recipe builder, the new pp value is 5 per scone if you make 8 scones. Yummo! Erin Hartman

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  39. Just make your own buttermilk from 1% milk. It is easy!

    Ingredients:

    * Milk (just under one cup)
    * 1 Tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice

    Preparation:

    1. Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.

    2. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line.

    3. Let stand for five minute. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.

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  40. AWESOME!!!!!!! thanks for the great recipe, my DH has eaten 3 already, won't last long here.

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  41. Instead of buttermilk, I used 1/2 c of greek yogurt and a 1/2 c of nonfat milk. Gives the scones a bigger protein hit. I also made a batch with blueberries...yum!!

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  42. Sooooo good! I thought my dough was probably too wet because some juice had come from the strawberries but they turned out amazing! Thanks for this recipe and the awesome website!

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  43. Thanks so much for this recipe! Just made mine with blueberries and used all whole wheat flour and they are SO good! Enjoying mine with some Devon cream as an indulgence today! Thanks again Gina! Love your site!

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  44. Darlene from Canada6/24/11, 9:25 PM

    Have recently stumbled across your site after a lady from work passed along your recipe for Asian Peanut Noodles and Chicken, which was awesome. Tried these strawberry scones tonight and they were great. Even picky husband said "I like them". He's not big on trying 'diet' recipes. Can't wait to try them with blueberries. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. They are wonderful and I can't wait to try more.

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  45. I don't think I should have made these when it was so hot out, even if it was cool in my house. The dough was very dry and didn't stick together at all. The blueberry ones I made a few months ago came out better than these. I'm going to try again tomorrow. I have more strawberries and buttermilk!

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  46. I've never made scones before and gave these a shot today. As they don't look as wonderful as your pictures (the dough didn't stick together very well!), they sure taste great!

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  47. I have made this recipe half a dozen times and am still obsessed. I LOVE scones and am so happy to find a recipe that satisfies my cravings for them but without all the calories. Like many of the other commentators, I could eat the entire batch myself. I'm constantly looking up recipes on your blog and have to say it's one of the few (and by few I mean only one) I refer to often for recipe ideas. You inspire me to cook/bake more! Thanks again!

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  48. They smell AMAZING while baking! Hope I can wait the 5 minutes for them to cool! :)

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  49. Hubby brought home a bunch of strawberries the other day, and I'm so glad he did. Made these this morning. Delish!!

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  50. Made these this morning, delish! Wasn't sure how it would bake as it looked a little dry. It came out great! I did not have wheat flour so I used all white flour. Would make it again!

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  51. I love these scones. My husband does too. Can I freeze them?

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    1. I froze them. They were perfect. I also tried the blueberry scones. I've been bringing them to friends. They are a huge hit!
      Thank you, Gina

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  52. So do you consider the sugar a dry ingredient? Typically it is considered a wet ingredient because it dissolves so well. And when do you top with the additional 1 tsp sugar? Also, does the 1 Tbsp that gets sprinkled on the berries come out of the 1/4 cup?

    Seems like you're missing a step or two here and it's making the recipe hard to follow.

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  53. is there a trick to making sure that all of the batter is moist before putting them on the cookie sheet? I didn't want to overwork it but then I had some lingering dry ingredients that didn't stick to the rest and when i was spooning them out they were kind of falling apart because they weren't sticking together well. Is that normal?

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  54. Love these scones, making them for the second time today, and I feel good about eating a "guilty" pleasure food! Great blog! Love it!

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  55. Is the amount of buttermilk enough to make the batter moist? Mine was not very moist, and I didn't want to work the batter too much. Please advise! Am I doing something wrong?

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  56. I absolutely love these scones! They freeze well too, I just sat them out overnight to thaw and then warmed them in the oven in the morning. So delicious!

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