I'm not really the kind of person that lazes in bed all morning and hits the snooze button a million times before getting up. In fact, I wake up and actually physically get out of the bed within the first couple rings of my alarm. I know that if I hit the snooze button, it just prolongs the pain of getting out of bed. Once I'm out of bed, I go about my routine of my morning tea and whatnot. I'd be the ideal partner for someone who wants breakfast in bed because while I get up, they can fall back asleep. I could whip up some delightful treats and they would wake up to the smell of freshly baked scones. I'd make up this super cute little breakfast-in-bed tray and it would be the ultimate Pinterest-worthy morning.
Too bad that's never going to actually happen.
It's not that I wouldn't make breakfast for someone (I'd actually love to) but it's more the breakfast in bed situation that I find a little silly. I mean, you can't really eat or drink properly without an actual stable surface like a table. I'd be constantly worried about spilling my tea or balancing my plate on my legs. You gotta arrange the pillows properly so you can sit up. And then there's crumbs in the bed! Infuriating.
And yes, I know that the next few photos down are basically breakfast in bed but I'm gonna tell you right now that it was all staged (duh - there's no one in bed…). It was 2pm and I had been up since 8am and I actually ate a scone while I was doing the dishes after the shoot. So…not very Pinterest-worthy after all. But hey - that's the life of a blogger.
Hopefully you can surprise your boo (or heck, your sister, your bff, your roommate, whoever really) with some freshly baked scones and a mug of warm tea or coffee. Even if it's not served in bed, it's still a wonderful gesture that will brighten anyones day!
P.S. I'm super curious as to what the writing says on the little wooden tray I got from the thrift store the other day! If anyone has an idea, leave a comment! Unless it's something like, "This box holds dead bugs" or "Caution, face-melting chemicals inside" or something unpleasant like that.
Strawberry and Mint Scones
Recipe adapted from Dahlia Bakery Cookbook
200 g fresh strawberries, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chiffonaded
10 g granulated sugar
1 g vanilla paste
400 g all-purpose flour
49 g granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
142 g unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch dice
240 g buttermilk
Sliced fresh strawberries
To start, combined the diced strawberries, mint, sugar and vanilla paste in a bowl and toss to combine. Let them sit for 20 minutes, then strain.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Add the cold diced butter and use your hands to work it into the dough until the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal.
Add the buttermilk and the strawberry mint mixture to the dough and mix until it just comes together. Turn out onto a floured work surface and gently knead the dough until everything is incorporated. Pat the dough into a flat disk about 1 inch thick. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425 F.
Use a large sharp knife to cut the disk into 8 wedges. Gently transfer the wedges to a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment. Brush the tops of the scones with heavy cream, then press a slice of strawberry on top. Sprinkle coarse sugar on top.
Bake the scones for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 F and bake until lightly golden brown, about another 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.