Berry Spelt Scones {for Mother’s Day}

May 6, 2015

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I feel so overwhelmingly blessed that I was given a mom. Someone who cares when no one else does. Who pours more love into me than I could ever return to her. Even when I’m at my worst, or just being plain stubborn and overly independent, she still finds a way to love me. I’ve dragged her through enough so far in life that she could write a pretty interesting book. Despite what I have put her through, my mom is extra special because she also doubles as my best friend. When I was a total loner in junior high + high school and friends were scarce at best, she was the one I would choose to spend my nights and weekends with – watching Gilmore Girls, working out together, running errands, drinking way too much coffee, and cooking yummy meals + treats. She could always fill the void I was experiencing in my life, and still does. Countless nights when Scott and I were dating (and even after we got married) were spent over at my house hanging with my mom. Usually some sort of cookie making was involved, but always she was there – somehow drawing us in every time we felt like we just “needed” something. We always knew. It was time with her. Scott always says he learns more about me every time he is around my mom. I like to think I am her mini-me, in a sense. Or at least I strive to be. Some of my favorite things (or “isms”) she has passed on to me are my incredibly high tolerance for coffee, the fact that mornings are not for talking (they are for slowly waking up to the world, multiple cups of coffee, mismatched pjs, terrible bedhead, and sleepy eyes), the joy I get from watching old black and white movies and westerns (John Wayne, always), a love for fuzzy socks (sorry Scott), all the weird voices she and I talk to each other in (also, sorry Scott), my love for peppermint patties, a super low-maintenece lifestyle, and the ability to find a childlike happiness in the tiniest of things.

Growing up I would always (since I can remember) wake up super early on Mother’s Day and sneak quietly around the kitchen trying to bake something special for my mom to wake up to. One of the times which stands out the most vividly in my memory was the year I made these little heart shaped scones. I filled their centers with strawberry jam,  and then as if a dozen of those were’t enough I also whipped up some cinnamon crunch muffins. All from my loyal, go-to Betty Crocker cookbook. I remember how excited I was to show my mom all I had made for her, and then eating a few of each together while slowly waking up with our mugs of coffee. Not talking, cause that would be silly, it was before noon. And now look what I have done. I’ve moved so far away and cannot bake these for you this year, mom. It makes my heart hurt, so I did the next best thing I could and made these scones to share with you virtually. Hopefully the photographs and words will be enough this year, although I know they are not as good as my sleepy smiling face would be giving them to you in person this Sunday morning. I love you mom, Happy Mother’s Day.

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These scones have what I feel is the perfect “crumb” with a sweet, biscuit-y vibe that is just screaming to be paired with your coffee in the morning. I choose to stuff them full of fresh berries (or what I like to call, “nature’s jewels”) here because berries are my absolute favorite thing about spring and summer. However, you can substitute them with any of your favorite fresh fruit in season at the time (frozen or dried fruit works well in these too if that is what you have on hand). Made with spelt flour (my favorite) these scones are wheat free, and lower in gluten (the gluten they do contain is a highly digestible form, making it typically suitable for consumption by people like myself with a gluten sensitivity. However, spelt is not safe for anyone with celiacs). They get even better for you with the use of coconut oil instead of butter, and with maple syrup as the sweetener. But don’t let all these healthy vibes scare you away. These scones taste like a true treat. Made with only the best ingredients, how could they not?

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Tid-bits: The temperature of the ingredients at the various stages is very important for a successful execution of this recipe – don’t skip over those details! And feel free to use whatever fresh fruit (or frozen or dried) that you have on hand and would like to stuff into these breakfast treats. I use all light spelt flour in this recipe, but I have a hunch that replacing half of the light spelt with whole spelt would turn out well too. I would not recommend using all whole spelt, however, for fear that it would make them too dense.

Makes 6 scones.

1 1/4 cup light spelt flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil solid*
5 tablespoons almond milk + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

fresh organic berries for filling (I used raspberries and blueberries)

optional: melted coconut oil for brushing and mascobado sugar (or coconut sugar) for dusting

*If your coconut oil is anything but a hard-solid at your current kitchen’s room temperature, measure out the coconut oil and place it in the freezer until it is set completely before using it in this recipe.

Pre-heat the oven to 400F.

Combine the almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a small dish and set aside. Mix the spelt flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Mix well with a fork. Add the solid coconut oil and cut in using the same fork until fully incorporated. The flour mixture should look nice and crumbly with little pea sized bits of coconut oil throughout. Now add the almond milk mixture and maple syrup. Stir well, using the fork to really work the wet ingredients into the dry. If too dry then add another tablespoon of almond milk, but no more.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press flat into a rectangle using your hands (about 12 inches by 8 inches). Press a few handfuls of fresh berries (organic, washed and dried) into the center of the rectangle (pictured above) and fold over one side of the dough to cover the berries. Repeat by pressing in more berries (also pictured above) and folding over the last section of dough on top. You should now have a log shaped, berry filled rectangle. Press the dough on the top and sides to really seal the layers and make sure everything is sticking together as one. Optional: Brush the top of the dough with melted coconut oil and sprinkle with mascobado sugar (or coconut sugar). Place the scone dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and pop in the freezer for 10 minutes for the coconut oil to set once more, and the juicy berries to harden (making it easier and less messy to cut).

Remove the chilled scone dough and cut into 6 triangles. Place in the oven on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, or until the tops and edges are just turning a nice golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving warm. Or let them cool completely before serving, leaving them out on the counter to do so. These are best when eaten the same day, but can be stored in a container on the counter for a few days. Storing in a container will cause them to soften, however, but you can toast them back up in the oven for a few minutes before enjoying the next day.


  • Reply Sarah May 6, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Not only do those scones look amazing, but what you wrote about your mom was so incredibly heartfelt and touching. It was a joy reading this post :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah, so so sweet of you. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and words – means a ton! <3

  • Reply R May 6, 2015 at 6:28 am

    What you have to say about your mom is so lovely. My mom is my best friend, too. I’m sure your mom will enjoy this post. Also, those scones look awesome!

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      That’s so wonderful, moms as best friends are THE best. And thank you for the scone love! :)

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE May 6, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Beautiful words and photos. I used to make my mom breakfast in bed on mother’s day but could never get her to stay in bed long enough to enjoy it. She always has to get up and get going in the morning…Silly mom. Where are you getting blueberries and raspberries locally this time of year?! We’re still doing the rhubarb thing here…not that I mind.

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks so much Sasha. And that is so sweet! Haha totally sounds like a mom, having too many things to do to relax in bed! So sweet that you tried though. And they must be overflowing with berries in California because we are getting them in like no other at the market!

  • Reply Sherrie May 6, 2015 at 7:27 am

    From the sounds of it, your mother was pretty lucky to have a daughter like you! I love the colors in the post, so lovely Jessie. xo!

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      You are too sweet Sherrie! And thank you so much for the colors compliment <3 got to love those gorgeous berries!

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures May 6, 2015 at 8:16 am

    This is so sweet. So much of what you wrote is true for my mom and me too! She has always been my absolute best friend. I’ve gained so much from her and I hope to someday be even half as awesome as she is! I’d be such a wreck without my mom!! We also talk in funny voice all the time – or manage to communicate with words that aren’t quite words. haha
    The photos and these scones are so beautiful!

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      That is so awesome, Lane! So wonderful to hear. And I feel you, I hope to be half as awesome as my mom too and even that is aiming pretty high! Love that you talk in silly voices/words. Moms are just the best, and it sounds like you have a great one too <3

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 6, 2015 at 8:35 am

    What a lovely post about your momma! I love baking sweet things for my mother because she just does so much for me and I can at least repay her in brownies, right? Gorgeous photos lady!

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      I totally agree! Sometimes thats the only way I feel I can try to repay her/show my love too, through baking. And thanks for your kind words about the photos! Hope you have a great week Abby <3

  • Reply Laura May 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

    You are the sweetest person pretty much ever. Gotta go hug my mom now ‘cuz this post is giving me extra feels k bye. :)))

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Oh goodness I don’t know about that – but you are wicked sweet for saying so. I hope you got to go give your momma so many hugs!! <3

  • Reply Kathryn May 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

    These scones are PERFECT. Seriously, those ripples of fresh berries have me totally excited to go home and bake up a batch. And this was also the most lovely post to read. I don’t always see eye-to-eye with my mother but she is without doubt my best friend and the person I like hanging out with most (apart from maybe my OH). We had other mothers day back in March but I’m thinking I should treat my Mama again this weekend because goodness knows she deserves it.

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Aw thank you Kathryn! That means a ton coming from you! And that is so great you both are best friends, and that you see how important she is to you! Hope you two get some quality mother-daughter time this weekend and maybe enjoy a baked treat <3

  • Reply Thea @ Baking Magique May 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    These scones look like the perfect thing to bake for all the mothers out there on mother’s day! I’m in love with your photography :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      You’re so sweet Thea, thank you! And I agree, mega Mother’s Day vibes going on in this post – hoping lots of people get to enjoy them with their mommas this weekend! And way to make me blush, thank you <3

  • Reply Matea May 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Stunning photographs, Jessie! Everything looks perfect :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you Matea! So kind of you to say! <3

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha May 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Your mum is amazing. You’re really lucky <3

  • Reply Beverley Cheng May 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    omgoodnesss your pictures are gorgeous. When I lived at home I would make scones all the time, and my mother and I would eat so many and watch tv. It was the best!! I miss the old days.
    PS going to try and make these soon – i’ve never made scones that fold over the berries like this.

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Ah that sounds like perfection! I miss the old days too! Hope you get to make this version soon and enjoy them uber super much <3

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High May 6, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Jessie, this was such a sweet post that my eyes almost watered up with tears. Seriously, I’m not even that big of a softie!!!

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Aw! Thanks Michelle! I’m not gonna lie, I had tears flowing when I wrote this one!

  • Reply joan May 6, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    This was so nice Jessie. While reading your words I was thinking of my Mom and my daughter and shaking my head yes, a lot. :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 6, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      That made me so happy to read. I’m so glad someone else out there gets it and can align, as both a mother and a daughter, how special!

  • Reply Amallia @DesireToEat May 7, 2015 at 9:58 am

    wow the scones looks so yummy :-)

  • Reply Lisa Smith May 7, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Yes my love, I could fill volumes with stories but they would all be beautiful reminders of special times with you sweet girl. Thank you for the lovely post. I love you to heaven and back.

    • Reply Faring Well May 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      You are just the best momma – love you with all my hearts!

  • Reply janna May 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Jessie! Do you think doing half whole spelt and half oat flour could work? I couldn’t find light spelt. Thank you so much for the recipe.

    • Reply Faring Well May 8, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Hi Janna! I haven’t tried it but I do think part oat would probably work – I’d do 1/3 of the flour amount oat though, not half and half. Let me know how it turns out! (Ps. I usually have to order my light spelt on Amazon, not sure why it isn’t in most stores!)

  • Reply Rebeca May 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    What a beautiful post, Jessie! AND the scones! I made them today for my neighbours and they loved them. I used part whole spelt and sweetened with date paste – they turned out lovely. Mother’s day has already passed over here, but I’ll have to make them for my mum just because.

    • Reply Faring Well May 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      That is so wonderful to hear Rebecca! How sweet of you to make them for your neighbors. So glad they turned out well! <3

  • Reply Caitlin May 8, 2015 at 5:52 am

    such a beautiful post, jessie. i could have written the same thing about my mom. we are truly lucky ladies.

    • Reply Faring Well May 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Aw thank you Caitlin. That is so wonderful to hear. Yes, yes we are. <3

  • Reply Sophie May 8, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Such a beautiful post! Lovely words, beautiful photography…and these scones!

    • Reply Faring Well May 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Sophie! So sweet of you to say!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout May 8, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    These look delicious! Love your photos and your words about your mother. Pinning :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 11, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Thank you Medha! Hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day weekend!

  • Reply Ingrid - for the love of pie May 9, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Such sweet words. Love reading about your mom! And that you watched GG together is so funny! My mom isn’t such a fan haha, she thinks they talk too fast! ;)


    • Reply Faring Well May 11, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Thanks Ingrid! And haha too funny, yeah, they talk super fast ;) Hope you had a great weekend! <3

  • Reply Katie May 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Beautiful photographs and lovely story :) Your mother is very lucky to have such a sweet daughter ;)
    I made these scones today for my mom for breakfast, and they were absolutely wonderful! (they didn’t turn out as pretty as yours, but still delicious). The light, fluffy spelt flour was perfectly crispy on the edges and the mixed berries were sweet, flavourful, and fresh for springtime, especially after an entire winter of apples and pears. Plus, the house smelled like a bakery while they were baking, which is always a comforting smell to wake up to.
    Thank you so much for the recipe :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 11, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Katie! That made my day. I’m so so so very happy you got to make these and enjoy them with your sweet mom – how wonderful! Don’t you just love that smell? Hope your day was filled with lots of love and yummy scones shared with your momma <3 Thank you for writing to share all of that with me!

  • Reply Halley June 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Do you think you could swap out spelt for mix of whole wheat/rye?

    • Reply Faring Well June 25, 2015 at 7:22 am

      I bet you could! Sounds good to me :) let me know how they turn out if you try it!

  • Reply Becca | Spices and Spatulas September 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

    I made these last night for a breakfast-for-dinner party and they were a HUGE hit! Thanks so much xo

    • Reply Faring Well September 1, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Aw yay! I’m so glad people loved them :). And what a neat idea for a party, love it! <3

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