These simple scones double down on sunny strawberry flavor by using both fresh strawberries and freeze-dried. You can freeze them baked or unbaked, and ferry them straight to the oven for an elegant any-day treat.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2022


Credit: Johnny Miller

Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr 35 mins
Makes 10


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Spread sesame seeds on a small baking sheet and toast, shaking pan occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a work surface and let cool slightly, then finely chop.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, chopped sesame seeds, freeze-dried berries, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces remaining. Add fresh berries; toss to combine.

  • Make a well in center of mixture, add egg, and whisk thoroughly. With a fork, stir in cream, then stir into flour mixture until just combined. (Do not overmix; there will be some loose flour on bottom of bowl.) Transfer to work surface and fold a few times to incorporate loose flour.

  • Transfer dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat into a round about 8 inches in diameter and about 1 inch thick; freeze 10 minutes. Remove and, using a knife or bench scraper, cut into 10 wedges.

  • Separate pieces to leave about 3/4 inch between (so there is room for scones to rise). Brush each with cream; sprinkle with sanding sugar and sesame seeds. Place in oven, reduce temperature to 375°, and bake, rotating once halfway through, until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Let cool on sheet at least 15 minutes, then serve warm or room temperature. Scones are best eaten the day they're baked, but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 day; reheat in a 350° oven to refresh.

Cook's Notes

Use a sharp knife to chop the sesame seeds to release their flavor. You can also try this upgrade: Combine the sesame seeds and sugar in a food processor and process until finely ground.

To work ahead, freeze unbaked scones in a single layer, then store in a resealable freezer bag for up to two months. When ready to bake, brush the frozen scones with heavy cream, sprinkle with sugar, and bake at 375° for 25 minutes.