We have three service berry (aka saskatoon) trees on our street, one of which we planted last year and is only starting to produce. The other two are on the boulevard in the direction of the neighbourhood park. Gabe will not let me walk past them without reaching up to get him a snack. This is city foraging at its best. Free food…and right outside our door.

This week i tried our favourite scone recipe with them.


1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
Zest of 1 lemon
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup berries, chilled

Break or cut butter into small pieces and freeze. Mix milk and yogurt and chill until needed. Blend flour with sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and zest. Combine mixture with dairy; first with butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, then with milk & yogurt. Knead for two minutes, adding flour as needed. Roll out into 12 inches square and fold like a letter, first one way, then the next. Chill in freezer for 10 minutes. Roll out dough again, scatter berries on top and then roll dough into itself like a jelly roll, pinching edge closed. Flatten roll and cut off 2 inch squares. Cut each square in half to form two triangles. Lay on cookie sheets, brush scones with 2 T. melted butter and bake for 18 minutes on 425.

I modified this recipe from this one.

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