Food & Drink, Summer

Strawberry and Basil Scones

strawberry and basil scones recipe

strawberry and basil scones recipe

Aah, strawberries, how I could feast upon them all day long.  Sadly the strawberry season is so fleeting – coming into season at the start of June, and on the wane come mid August, so I try and pack in as many as I can into summer!  This strawberry and basil scones recipe is a great way to enjoy this summer glut!

Fresh local strawberries are so cheap and delicious right now, and my local shop packs it shelves with punnets and punnets of the things.  If you go in at the right time in the evening you can come away with a punnet for just a pound.

I picked up a punnet on Sunday at such a price, and my mind immediately turned to strawberry scones.  I generally have all the ingredients to hand for making scones, and scones are a fairly easy bake, without the need for any equipment (perfect if you’re cooking with toddlers too, like I was!).

As I returned from the shop and was putting the key in my door I caught a glimpse of the basil growing in our window box, and thought what a great addition to a strawberry scone!  Behold strawberry and basil scones!

If you’ve got some strawberries left over then I’ve got a two-for-one for you here, as I’m also sharing a tasty strawberry butter recipe that’s ready in minutes.  The butter really complements the strawberry and basil scones really well so I’d very much recommend you make both if possible!  If not then don’t worry, the scones are just as tasty without!

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Strawberry and Basil Scones Recipe

adapted from Heat Oven to 350

Strawberry and Basil Scones Recope

This strawberry and basil scone recipe is a light and delicious surprisingly savoury treat - the basil isn't overpowering and adds a delicate flavour.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 slices


  • 350 g self-raising flour sifted (plus extra for kneading)
  • 220 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 60 g granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 110 ml milk
  • 175 g fresh strawberries hulled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil - roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Oats and sugar to sprinkle on top


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  2. To a large bowl add your sifted flour, sugar, salt and pepper, and stir well.
  3. Cut your butter into small cubes, add to the bowl of dry ingredients. Using your hands rub the butter in until you’ve got a coarse mix, without any large lumps of butter.
  4. Add your strawberries and basil, and mix gently.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat your two eggs and add the milk.
  6. Make a well in the flour/strawberry mix and pour the egg/milk mix in. Gently mix with a large spoon until the mixture is combined.
  7. Flour your work surface and turn your dough out on to it. Gently knead your dough a few times.
  8. Transfer to a greaseproof paper lined baking tray and shape into a circle, about 2cm thick.
  9. Brush with milk, and sprinkle a light dusting of oats and sugar on top.
  10. Slice into eight sections, and place in the oven for about 20 minutes or so until golden brown. Keep an eye on it from the 15 minute mark onwards.

baking ideas with toddlers

Toddler optional!

 The basil isn’t overpowering – just enough to give the scones a little flavour, and is surprisingly savoury making it a good breakfast scone.

If you’re after a little sweetness then I made strawberry butter from the leftover strawberries, which really transforms the scones into a lightly sweetened treat!

Strawberry Butter Recipe 

via Martha Stewart


1 pack of unsalted butter (250g) (at room temperature)

35g icing sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

90g strawberries (hulled and roughly chopped)


Using an hand mixer mix together the butter, icing sugar and salt.  It’s quite messy so go at a low speed!  This could take a couple of minutes depending on how soft your butter is.

strawberry butter mixing

Add your strawberries, and mix again, until the strawberries are combined.  Serve on the toasted strawberry and basil scones, regular scones, or toast, or however your fancy takes you.

I thought it would be fun to cut the butter into heart shapes but you can skip this step!

The butter can be frozen, and will last up to 2 months in the freezer.  I’ve lost count of how many hearts I have in the freezer right now!

easy scone recipe

Enjoy your strawberry and basil scones!  What are your favourite strawberry recipes?

Food & Drink, Summer

Strawberry Cocktail with Basil

strawberry basil cocktail

strawberry basil cocktail

One of the best parts of summer is the fact that it’s strawberry season.  I anticipate strawberry season all throughout winter and spring.  Imported strawberries out of season are a bland, tasteless, poor relation of their in-season local counterparts, so I firmly believe in abstaining until strawberries are in season.  In season they are so plump and juicy and bursting with flavour.

Although there are few things better than a bowl of fresh strawberries (top tip: don’t eat them straight out of the fridge – let them warm up to room temperature) there are a few things that are up there in the taste stakes.  One of them is this delicious and refreshing strawberry cocktail with a hint of basil.  A sip of this strawberry cocktail will both refresh and revive you on a hot summer’s afternoon, or make you feel summery even on the greyest day.

Strawberry season in the UK is from roughly the start of June until mid August.  It’s a short season so you have to pack in as many as you can!  This is a deliciously different way to get your quota of strawberries in!

You may be wondering about using strawberry and basil together, but I promise you they make great bedfellows!

strawberry cocktail

Strawberry Cocktail with Basil Recipe


Strawberry Cocktail with Basil

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Strawberries roughly 4 - 5 medium/large strawberries per glass
  • Fresh Basil roughly 1-2 small heads per glass, plus extra for garnish
  • Gin any kind will do
  • Tonic Water
  • Lime
  • Sugar granulated white sugar is best
  • A couple of ice cubes


  1. Wash your strawberries, remove the heads, and in the glass mash them up thoroughly with a fork.
  2. On a chopping board, finely chop your basil (keeping some aside for a garnish), then add to the glass of mashed strawberries and mix well.
  3. Add a spoonful of sugar to sweeten and a little lime juice to taste (I used one teaspoon), and mix well.
  4. Add your ice cubes (best crushed)
  5. Add a shot of gin, and top up with tonic water.
  6. Stir, add your basil garnish and enjoy a glass of summer!

Recipe Notes

This summery strawberry cocktail with basil is the ultimate summer's day drink. The strawberry and basil in this gin based cocktail really complement each other.


If you don’t drink alcohol then omitting the gin and tonic water, and substituting lemonade or sparkling water instead would also make for a delicious and refreshing non-alcoholic strawberry cocktail.

I plan on drinking this cocktail whilst lounging in the garden with a good book!

Will you been giving this strawberry cocktail a go?

ps: if you’re looking for other strawberry based recipes, and have caught the bug for strawberry and basil, then try out these delicious strawberry and basil scones.  They will not disappoint!  If you’ve got a bit too many strawberries then try this simple tip to make berries last longer.