Summer for Breakfast

There are a lot of things I love about summer, the long days, the warm evenings, the blush of outdoor fun on everyone’s skin. One of the things I love most about summer is the fruit. Succulent, juicy, colorful fruit. I’m not willing to pick a single favorite, but high up there are peaches and blueberries. Such a wonderful combination no matter how you combine them – salad, cobbler, under cream, over ice cream. Mm-mm-mmm. This morning I decided on blueberry scones with sliced peaches on top.

blueberry scones with peaches

These scones are based on my mother’s recipe, always tasty and remarkably low in sugar. Easy to make with a food processor. They never last long.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Scones6 servings


  • 2 c. whole wheat flour (or pastry flour)
  • 1/2 c. white flour
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. butter
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • ¾ c. blueberries
  • 1 T. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Butter a baking sheet.
  2. Add all the dry ingredients (flours, oats, salt, sugar, soda, powder, spices) and the butter (cut up into chunks) to your food processor. Blend briefly until the butter is blended to form a course meal. If working by hand, with forks, knives of pastry blender, this may take 5 -10 minutes. When blended, remove to a large bowl and toss in the blueberries.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients, then add them to the dries. Stir gently until just incorporated. At this point you get to choose the shape of your scones. Quick and easy is forming the dough into two 1/2″ thick disks and gently cutting with a knife into six sections each. Slightly more time consuming and definitely messier is cutting your dough into twelve portions and forming each portion into a cylinder – that’s what I did this morning.
  4. Bake your scones for 18-23 minutes depending on the temperature of the ingredients and the shape of the scones you choose. Let cool for 5 minutes (if you can wait that long) and serve with fruit or preserves, butter or whipped cream of your favorite combination.
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1 Response to Summer for Breakfast

  1. willnyc says:

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