Last week I had the pleasure of spending some time in lovely Madison, Wisconsin. My dear cousin lives there with his wife and three darling children, and it has been 13 years since I last visited. It was due time, for sure. We spent a lot of time at the house, but we also had some chances to check out what Madison has to offer in terms of food experiences.
A couple of friends of mine also live there and gave me an extensive list of places to try. Sadly, I was only able to check out two of those places, but one of them, La Brioche, was such a home run that I had to try my hand at one of their signature pastries – the cheese Danish.
Their cheese Danish is very straightforward, but I wanted to try something different. I scoured the Internet to see what I could find that included blueberries (because I had a HUGE container of them). I found a few, and picked the best elements of each one.
I made my own puff pastry, but I am not going to include that recipe in this post. Instead, I’ll urge you to buy a puff pastry from the freezer section of your local grocery store. Why, you ask? Because this Danish is so good, but took waaaay too long to put together. If you’re hoping to make this for a brunch or even dessert, take it easy on yourself and just buy a package of puff pastry.
This last Sunday was the second week of the farmers market here in Omaha and it was a gorgeous day. Just a week ago, the sky was overcast and there was a biting wind slapping us in the face. Not a fun trip to the market at all. The start of the farmers market always gets me excited because it signifies the beginning of strawberry season. In fact, my strawberries in the garden are starting to flower as I type this…
Now, we didn’t see any this last Sunday, but it’s okay, as I had picked up a container of organic strawberries from Whole Foods. They were plump and flavorful, and I knew I wanted to make scones with them. Luckily, one of my favorite websites, The Kitchn, had the same idea!
These scones were destined for dessert, but of course would be great as a breakfast or brunch item. You could even substitute different fresh fruits for the strawberries. I think they would be lovely with fresh blueberries, chopped fresh peaches, or even fresh apricots.
Scones are probably some of the easiest baked goods to make. If you consider yourself kitchen-challenged, scones are definitely do-able.