Blueberry Scones

July 8: National Blueberry Day

Our love for scones is reflected in our blog, as we have a separate section just for the many scones recipes under our Theme Menus. We even got our Hawaii expatriate friends Pat and Phyllis S. into scones. They love them just as much as we do now. We used to just buy the scone mixes at the store but they are better made “from scratch”, especially if it is blueberry scones. The mix contains the dried fruit but nothing can beat the fresh fruit in these scones that literally burst with flavor!

When we visit and stay with Pat and Phyllis in San Antonio, Texas, they serve scones for snacks or breakfast. Our favorite was their blueberry scones—so much so that Phyllis had to bake another batch! Because we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like, they gave us blueberry scones to eat on the long drive back to the Gulf Coast. And they also gave us the recipe so we can make them at home and share with our blog readers on National Blueberry Day and throughout July—National Blueberry Month.

Recipe

(From Phyllis S.)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 – ½ cup sugar, granulated white
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • zest from one orange
  • ½ cup salted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • ½+ cup heavy whipping cream, cold (reserve about 1-2 tablespoons for brushing on top)
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh
  • coarse/turbinado sugar (optional topping)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and orange zest.

Cut in the cold butter pieces. Mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. Beat in the eggs and cream until a sticky dough is formed.

Transfer the dough onto a clean, floured surface. Fold in the blueberries. Shape into a round disc about 1-inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges and separate them. Place onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush a little bit of the remaining cream on top.

Sprinkle with coarse/turbinado sugar (optional). Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for around 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven. Serve warm.

Notes

  • Substitute the citrus and use lemon instead of orange zest.
  • If the dough is too dry, add a little bit of cream. If the dough is too wet, add a little bit of flour.
  • Avoid overmixing the dough or the scones will get too hard.
  • Search our blog for more scones and blueberry recipes.

Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Ice Cream

July: National Ice Cream Month

Anyone who is passionate about passion fruit flavors will love lilikoi ice cream. This no-churn recipe only has 3 ingredients, the main one being passion fruit pulp. Lilikoi, as passion fruit is called in Hawaii, grows abundantly there and can be found all over the islands (it is also cultivated in California and Florida in the United States).

But in Texas where we live and in other places that do not have the fresh fruit readily available, we just look for the frozen pulp, defrost and use it in our recipes. The tart taste is balanced with the sweetened condensed milk and cream—and it reminds Islander of her beloved home state far away. Cool off this summer with a tropical treat and make no-churn lilikoi ice cream during National Ice Cream Month.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ – 1 cup passion fruit pulp, defrosted

Directions

Beat the cream until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk with passion fruit pulp.

Fold the whipped cream into this mixture until smooth, being careful not to whip more air into it. Place in a loaf pan or freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Let stand for a few minutes and scoop into cones or dessert dishes.

Notes

  • Optional: Boost the color of the lilikoi ice cream with a few drops of golden yellow gel color/food paste.
  • Look for other lilikoi and ice cream recipes by searching our blog.

No Churn Blueberry Ice Cream

July: National Blueberry Month, National Ice Cream Month

Texas is home to beautiful bluebonnets but there are bountiful blueberries on a few farms, too. Every summer if we can/are able, we try to go pick blueberries at Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm in Conroe, Texas, the state’s first commercially operated blueberry farm since the mid-1970s.

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After sweating on the farm working to fill our baskets with five pounds each, we still had more than enough to snack on these fruits or cook with them. We have made blueberry muffins, scones, cobblers, clafoutis, cheesecakes, pies, popovers and pancakes before. But for this particular post, we made no-churn blueberry ice cream as a doubly delicious way to celebrate National Blueberry Month and keep cool this summer during National Ice Cream Month.

Recipe

(Adapted from Delish)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups blueberries
  • ¼ cup sugar, granulated white
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Directions

Wash and dry blueberries. Place in a blender and puree them. Add the sugar and blend well.

Transfer the pureed blueberries to a small saucepan. Add the lemon juice and zest. Bring to a boil on the stove, stirring constantly. Lower the heat to medium and simmer until thickened, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the stovetop and cool completely.

In a large mixing bowl, pour the condensed milk. Stir in the cooled blueberry mix. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

Fold the whipped cream into the blueberry mixture until well combined. Place in a large loaf pan or ice cream container. Freeze overnight. Scoop and serve with fresh blueberries.

Notes

  • We usually give away some of our fresh-picked blueberries from our abundance to  elderly friends so they could enjoy the summer fruits, too. With our labor, sometimes they give back with a blueberry dessert! Sharing surely is caring!
  • July 8 is National Blueberry Day.
  • Search our blog for other blueberry and no-churn ice cream recipes.