Blueberry scones have been a favorite of mine since my heavy-duty commuting mornings on the freeways of Los Angeles.

When I discovered just how easy these little treats are to make and share, they became a go-to in my kitchen. With such a simple, easy to find ingredient list, making these organic was a snap. And it was a ton of fun getting some help from "Little STRUCTUREbags."

So grab your favorite organic coffee or free trade tea from our five green finds, and let's get baking!

Organic Berry Scones

A few of these sweet little organic berries had to be sacrificed for the cause - "Little STRUCTUREbags" needed a dish of them just for her.

Organic Berry Scones

Once the momentum started kicking in (and a few berries were in the tummy), I received help from an eager helping hand. I've always enjoyed baking with my little lady, and it's such a fun bonding and learning time we share together. (cooking, math & science trifecta!)

Organic Berry Scones

My hands were dirty from working the dough (forget about that pastry cutter - to high-brow for this down and dirty baking duo), so I received more help. I love how the flowers "Little STRUCTUREbags" picked for me are in the shot. And I love that she loved that they match the trim on her PJs.

Organic Berry Scones

Pat and smash and make it round. Just don't be too particular about it. Even I'm not that obsessive.

Organic Berry Scones

Each of the pictures is a little memory for me, so the fact that it took twice as long to prep as if I did it on my own was of little consequence. My helper got some practice using a metal spatula and placed each of these goodies on a baking sheet.

Organic Berry Scones

I always get a kick out of my husband saying how great the house smells as something is baking. It's like he's surprised every time. I will say, though, these goodies make for a delicious smelling home!

Organic Berry Scones

Organic Blueberry Scones:

1-1/4 cups organic whole wheat flour

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder (I have no idea if this can be organic - mine wasn't...)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup cold unsalted organic butter, cubed

2 to 3 tablespoons organic sugar

1/3 to 1/2 cup organic half and half

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and prep a baking sheet with parchment paper, if available.

In a large bowl, wisk together flour, baking powder and salt until well combined. Add butter, cutting in with fingertips until the mix resembles coarse meal. Add the sugar and mix well. Stir in the berries.

Slowly pour in half and half and stir gently to combine, being careful not to break up the berries. If the mix is not fully binding with 1/3 cup liquid, add a touch more. Use just enough liquid to grab ingredients. No sticky dough (but it will still be good if it is...)

Gather and place on lightly floured surface and kneed 10-12 times. Pat dough in to an 8-inch disc and cut in to six or eight wedges. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven 12-15 minutes or until a light, golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and place scones on wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Variation: Raspberry Almond Scones

Substitute 1 cup organic raspberries plus 1/4 cup almonds for the blueberries. Add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract in with half and half.


Organic Berry Scones

Some items to note:

I found the adaptation to organic an easy one, though the choice of organic whole wheat flour produced a slightly drier and more earthy taste. Both the non-organic version (just buy non-organics from the list above) and the organic whole-wheat versions are delicious.

So, again, why organic? Remember when shopping, not every ingredient needs to be organic, but feel good about the ones you do make.  

Do you have a baking recipe you can make organic? Or, how would you revise this version to get just the scone you love (raisins? chocolate chip?) Leave me a note and let me know if you try this or have an idea of your own. Happy baking!


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