Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

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!

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

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.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

So, now with some jam in the cupboard, it was time to make some cream scones to enjoy it with.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

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.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

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.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

Then cut into 8 wedges with a plastic dough cutter or knife.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

Move the wedges apart, gently.  You can already see that they will bake up flaky and delicious.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

Bake about 20 minutes. They will puff up nicely.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

Light and flaky-crumbly, they are scrumptious with just some butter.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

They are the perfect base for some yummy huckleberry jam.  Or whatever flavor is your favorite.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

I adapted this recipe from Southern Living.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

Cream Scones

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.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

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.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

Bake about 5 minutes longer than the package directs.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

The tops will be lightly browned, while the bottoms will be more brown, with a bit of a crispy crust.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

What a sweet treat!

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

Light and fluffy, these muffins were just delicious, dotted with dried huckleberries.

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

Scones or muffins, huckleberries are my new favorite fruit!

Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

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.

41 thoughts on “Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

  1. Girl #1 lives in Bozeman, MT! She gave DH some huckleberry syrup for Christmas, and he is loving it! It make me think of cloud berries, which are found in the north half of Norway. Not the same thing as huckleberries, but only found in certain places. Enjoy your special treats!

  2. Carol

    Huckleberries were one of the best things about visiting Glacier National Park. Especially the huckleberry ice cream we got as a treat at the end of a (very) long hike. We even got pictures of a bear by the side of the road picking his/her own right off the bush!

  3. Jennifer Rauch

    Oh my goodness! Got my chuckle to start the day this morning – when we were in Spokane, WA last year, I bought 2 oz. of Huckleberry Rooibos loose tea, & just tried it after Christmas. Ugh! Tastes & smells like bubblegum!!!! Don’t know why it smelled different in July, but I passed the rest on to a gal @ the Sr. Center . . . & she “kinda likes it”. We are both happy now! I feel pretty certain that real h’berries don’t taste like that, & your scones look delicious, so I just might scout around town or the internet to try that venue!

  4. Mary Ed Williams

    Isn’t Yellowstone amazing? My sister lives in Idaho Falls and,when the eclipse went right over her house in 2017, I went out there. We went over into northern Wyoming where 5 teeny weeny towns were putting on a quilt show and what fun! Most of the towns had fewer people than the development I live in. The towns were literally in a straight line and each had a special venue of quilts and vendors. That visit was as much fun as the eclipse, which we watched from her deck. She took me all over Yellowstone on a previous visit but it was too crowded during the eclipse. And I remember Huckleberry Hound, who was blue, which I discovered when we got a color TV.

  5. Sylvia Anderson

    Good morning Carole. I have never seen nor tasted huckleberries, but am always looking for new jams to try, and, as you said, there’s always AMAZON. I have some gift cards from Christmas, and need a couple of things in addition to the jam, so it’s off to Amazon with my wet hair and bathrobe. lol

  6. Mary Maudsley

    Loved your organizing tour a few days ago but the one that would interest me most would be how to store your many dishes ( seasonal items especially)
    Many thanks,
    Mary

  7. Your scones look so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I don’t recall ever trying huckleberry anything so will have to give it a go. I can vouch that jams and jellies are banned on flights as carry on!

  8. Rita C.

    Yummy! I think I’ll add those to my shopping list on Amazon (cute sacks)! And yes, I remember Huckleberry Hound Dog very well. My brother next in age to me had a large stuffed HHD. 🙂

    1. Rita C.

      Oh, and yes, TSA would’ve confiscated your jam if you had carried on. I made that mistake with a jam a friend had given me on a visit to FL a few years ago. I was so sad, had to throw it away. 😦

  9. Joy B

    I have certainly heard of huckleberries but have never eaten them. I’d like to try them, though! And I love scones, I need to try your recipe soon. The last ones I made were tasty but not pretty. 🙂

  10. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    Huckleberries grow on thorny ground covering vines right here in the Arkansas higher elevations. I have them on the rocky bank across the drive from my backdoor. I always pick a few…they are SMALL….to get a taste, then switch to our huge thornless blackberries to make jams and jellies. Going to try YOUR scone recipe with my Concord grape jam. DH is my vineyard guru..😃!!!

  11. theresa talor

    I love huckleberry pie and jam but it takes forever to find and pick them in the wild. I am going to try the scone recipe but with raspberry jam instead picked from my back yard.

  12. KJ

    I am in southern BC and grew up gorging on wild huckleberries. Both my sister and I tried growing them with very limited success. They seem to prefer having their roots tangled up in the base of a cedar tree rather than having room in a garden. I even tried a cultivated black huckleberry under my cedar. It grew but I never saw any berries. I like to think the birds got them before I did. Now you have me wanting to try again. 🙂

    Thanks for the scone recipe.

  13. Tina Witherell

    Here in northeastern Oregon, huckleberries grow in the mountains on thornless bushes. We’ve picked them the last couple of years and it takes HOURS to pick a gallon! They range in size from a small pea up to a small blueberry. If you’re lucky, you find the blueberry size! I’ve got a couple gallons in the freezer just waiting for me to make scones. Maybe this morning!

  14. Vickie Lewis

    I f you live near a Cabela’s……I have bought Huckleberry jam there. When in the middle of Nebraska on their annual “Junk Jaunt’ we had lunch at Subway who has ice cream. They had Huckleberry ice cream, it was so good, we were in the camper but we bought pints to take with us in our little freezer. After being in Canada and Montana last fall we had fresh Huckleberries on our travels. Good luck!

  15. Joan Sheppard

    I can hardly wait for “sniff-ability” to come to the internet! They look so very yummy! I’ll try to order them – but might just need to grab some other berries and make these scones. Maybe even combine some berries. Thank you so much and thank your husband for being so helpful!

  16. Lynda H

    I live in Vancouver WA and we have a wonderful farmers market every sat and sun from april through october. In the fall you can find vendors that have wild huckleberries for sale (they are very expensive! I am sure it is because they are so small that it takes a long time to pick even a pint of berries). Some years they are sweeter than others. I buy them and freeze them so I have some year round. I add them to muffins and scones for a special treat.

  17. Oh, yes, I certainly do remember Huckleberry Hound!
    I live in the northeastern mountains of WA state, USA. Huckleberries grow in abundance and picking them is an annual treat for most families that live here. They are about the size of blueberries (of course, bumper crops and not so bumper depend upon the weather…like most things). I really like them as a snack…straight from my freezer. I suck on the frozen berries and they taste like candy to me! I have made scones and pies and pancakes and muffins and cakes with huckleberries. It is all good!

  18. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, We were given a boxed Scone mix once and we just did not like them. I may have to try your recipe and include some of our fresh frozen Blackberries right from our yard. LOL. When we lived in Texas, Kevin and I picked these Tasajilla berries that were from a cactus, to make jelly. Like the Huckleberry, it took forever to pick enough to have enough for 1 small batch of jelly and then Kevin who is the canner, said it tasted just like another jelly from a cactus. It is always fun to learn new things! Thank you for sharing and have a marvelous day!

  19. I remember the hound 😁 but have not heard of the berries. I don’t think we have them in Aus or NZ. I recently got some freeze dried berries, black berries, blue berries, raspberries and strawberries from the rotten fruit co. They are wonderful. I put them in White Christmas and they are the best!! White Christmas is rice bubbles, copha, coconut, icing sugar and berries, mixed up, put into patty pans and into the fridge. Yum.

  20. We do have huckleberries here in WV….they remind me of supersweet little Maine blueberries. We used to have alot growing here wild on our farm but over the last few years they’ve become very hard to find along with dewberries which are like a small, sweet blackberry. I can hardly wait to try this scone recipe…all the ingredients are on hand and while there isn’t any huckleberry jam or jelly I believe I can find a suitable substitute! Love your “foodie” posts almost as much as your quilting posts…and your tablescape posts…and your travel posts…and your book reviews…and your….well, you get the idea! Stay warm…it’s been 10 degrees F. each morning this week….brrrrrrr!

    1. kattails

      ….and yes…I’m old enough to remember Huckleberry Hound….do you remember Quick Draw McGraw and Augie Doggie? All on the same cartoon shows….times surely have changed, haven’t they?

  21. Naomie Moore

    Fantastic post! Love huckleberries too! They do not grow where I live either. Why do you think TSA would confiscate your jam? When I was in your neck of the woods last fall, one suitcase was filled with 50 pounds of cornmeal and flour that I can’t get here in Southern California. I shipped a bunch more stuff home via UPS. I guarantee the TSA agents chuckle when they go through my bags at check in. As long as it is in your checked baggage, it doesn’t matter. Something to consider for future trips.

  22. YES!! I live in Huckleberry Heaven…Idaho! We have Huckleberry festivals here! Just wish I had you to make those wonderful scones for me. I have huckleberry soap…lotion….but always just prefer to eat them right out of the bucket when we pick them. (I’ll send you pictures from the festival next summer) I love how blogging connects us all…and to that we each specialize in across the states. 🙂 🙂 Enjoy your treats!!!

  23. catkiz

    I love huckleberries! We used to live in Idaho and could drive 10 minutes to the mountains and go huckleberry picking. It takes a long time to fill a pail with the tiny berries! My favorite was/is mixing them with raspberries to make raspberry-huckleberry jam. The mix is great for pies, too. Now that we’re in Utah, we can get them only occasionally at festivals or specialty stores, but I never pass them up!

  24. Before your post the only thing I knew about huckleberries before your post is that one of my favorite movie lines is from Tombstone, “I’m your huckleberry:. I LOVE that! Silly me. Well, I’ll keep my eye out for huckleberries. I expect to be in that part of the country later this year. Thanks for the scone recipe too. I love scones, but not so much mass market bakery scones.
    xx, Carol

  25. Phyllis Smith

    Good morning Carole,

    I myself haven’t ever had or really heard of Huckleberries. I know I would really like them as I eat strawberries and blueberries in yogurt with a bit of granola for breakfast or as a snaaack .

    Found a Nature Valley protein granola with cranberries and almonds that is delicious YUM-YUM!

    Phyllis

  26. farmquilter

    Love huckleberries!!! They always have some in the shops for Christmas each year in Spokane. McDonald’s even has huckleberry ice cream you can buy!! You hunt for them on the sides of mountains in Montana, up high, and you definitely have to be on the lookout for bears…they like huckleberries too! Amazing jams and syrups. When I get to go home, I’ll see if I can get hubby to go pick huckleberries with me. I also love picking wild blackberries and making my own jam with them. Your scones look awesome.

  27. Debbie B

    Huckleberry Hound was the best. Thanks for the memory. I need to make your scone recipe. Hubby is English so he would appreciate it I’m sure. My 93 yr. old Dad is a toast and jam for breakfast guy, so I’m sure he would love this. I have some shopping to do. Thanks so much for sharing.

  28. Nancy

    Huckleberries are one of my favorites! We have a friend that goes to Idaho and picks them and we always show up when he makes his pie. When picking them you have to watch out for the bears as they love them too. There is one booth at the local farmers market that will sometimes have them but believe me they are super expensive to buy. But they are so good. I also buy the jam.

  29. Melanie Tehan

    I’m a week late, so going right to “reply.” Yes, we have and love huckleberries, very popular here in OR. Have you eaten Marionberries? Another NW treat we love. If you have amazon prime, you can probably get a shipment cheaper than I could send to you. Enjoy, thanks for the scones recipe. I will try it with fat free cream and see how it comes out. Have a good weekend! Melanie

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