When we took our vacation last year to Yellowstone, I had a revelation. For my entire life, I never thought that huckleberries were a real fruit. I knew about Huckleberry Finn, (and Huckleberry Hound, LOL, raise your hand if you remember that cartoon) but I truly thought that was just a name made up for Tom Sawyer’s buddy. When I saw huckleberry yogurt in the little store at Yellowstone, I had to try it. And I have to say, it is delicious!! To me, the huckleberry tastes like a cross between a blueberry and a strawberry, sweet and unique. I was hooked. I had huckleberry chocolates, ate the huckleberry yogurt for breakfast several days in a row and seriously considered buying some huckleberry honey. My Sweet Babboo ordered huckleberry pie after supper one evening, and he got me a huckleberry cordial candy after one meal. But, huckleberries are a Northwest thing, you cannot find them in NC. I’ve been looking!
Never fear, there is always Amazon. My Sweet Babboo ordered some huckleberry items for us to enjoy. There’s a two pack of Shadow River Wild Huckleberry Muffin Mix, and a small jar of Wild Huckleberry Jam. An added bonus is the mix came in little cotton bags, so now I have some scraps of huckleberry fabric to add to a quilt. I was wishing that I had brought a big jar of jam home, but at the time I didn’t want to deal with airport security and risking them taking it away from me.
So, now with some jam in the cupboard, it was time to make some cream scones to enjoy it with.
I gathered the ingredients, and got mixing. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender just until crumbly. Stir in whipping cream, then work with your hands only until the dough comes together. Don’t overwork the dough.
Turn onto a baking sheet. Pat the dough into a round shape 1 inch thick on your cookie sheet. I have a round one I use a lot.
Then cut into 8 wedges with a plastic dough cutter or knife.
Move the wedges apart, gently. You can already see that they will bake up flaky and delicious.
Bake about 20 minutes. They will puff up nicely.
Light and flaky-crumbly, they are scrumptious with just some butter.
They are the perfect base for some yummy huckleberry jam. Or whatever flavor is your favorite.
I adapted this recipe from Southern Living.
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 cup whipping cream
Preheat oven to 375º. Combine flour and next four ingredients in a bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender just until crumbly. Stir in whipping cream, then work with your hands only until the dough comes together. Don’t overwork the dough. Pat the dough into a round shape 1 inch thick on your cookie sheet, then cut into 8 wedges with a plastic dough cutter or knife. Move the wedges apart and bake about 20 minutes, until lightly browned.
Download a pdf of the recipe – Cream Scones
I made the muffins too, and thought I’d share those as well. I stirred up the mix with water, then added the berries as the directions said.
I use a Muffin Top Pan, one that doesn’t have a deep well. This gives you beautiful tops (the best part of a muffin!) without deep dry bottoms. This mix made six tops nicely rather than a dozen little muffins.
Bake about 5 minutes longer than the package directs.
The tops will be lightly browned, while the bottoms will be more brown, with a bit of a crispy crust.
What a sweet treat!
Light and fluffy, these muffins were just delicious, dotted with dried huckleberries.
Scones or muffins, huckleberries are my new favorite fruit!
Have you eaten huckleberries or huckleberry jam or other goodie? Can you get them where you are?
Check out all the Huckleberry treats on Amazon.