Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in middle of oven.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large
bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut
the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry
blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Whisk
together the egg, cream and vanilla extract and add to the flour mixture,
mixing just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix the dough.
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and
dough gently four or five times and then pat or roll the dough into a 7 inch (18 cm) round. With a 3
inch (7 cm) round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place the scones on the
baking sheet. Brush the tops of the scones with a little cream.
for about 15 - 20 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of a
scone comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack.
Filling: Wash, hull, and
slice the strawberries. Place about one third of the strawberries in a
large bowl and crush them with a potato masher or fork. Add the remaining sliced
strawberries, along with the sugar.
(The amount of sugar used will depend on how sweet the berries are.) Set
aside to macerate at room temperature for
about 30 to 60 minutes.
Whipped Cream: Chill the bowl and whisk in the freezer for about
15 - 30 minutes. Place the cream and sugar in the bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. The
whipped cream can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a few hours.
scones in half and place the bottom
half of the scone (soft side up) on a dessert plate. Top with some of the
strawberries and whipped cream. Place the top half of the scone on the strawberries. Top with whipped cream
and a few more strawberries. If there is any juice from the
strawberries, drizzle a little over the top of the scone. Serve
about 6-8 people.
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