Some Scones + A Crumble

For the record, I am not a morning person. That does not mean that I don’t love breakfast. Or morning. There’s something a little magical about mornings. Particularly how the air feels cleansed, and the world washed in dew. A new day, a fresh start, a clean slate. That must be why breakfast is so crucial – it sets the tone for the remainder of the day.
In that spirit, I am going to share with you two breakfast treats. One is an indulgent treat, and the other slightly less so. The creme fraiche scones are full of cream and butter, slightly sweetened. They are great with fresh raspberries, but I think they would pair well a compote made of frozen berries. The peach crumble is almost healthy. Its made with one of my newest discoveries: coconut palm sugar. It is an alternative to cane sugar and agave nectar. Don’t let that, or its crumbly, reddish brown appearance fool you. It is delicious, tasting not of coconut but instead similar to brown or demerara (raw) sugar, with notes that are reminiscent of maple syrup and caramel. Rather than serving it with ice cream, we had it with chilled plain yogurt. An added bonus: it is very quick and easy to make, especially if you do as I did and make and freeze the crumble portion the night before.

Creme Fraiche Scones
2 1/4 cup flour (1/2 whole wheat pastry flour + 1/2 AP OR all AP flour)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, cut into small cubes and frozen/chilled
1/2 cup creme fraiche
Heavy cream and/or demerara sugar
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt. Add sugar.
Add pieces of cold butter, stir well. The dry mixture will coat the butter.
Add creme fraiche, one tablespoon at a time. Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture while adding the liquids, mixing until combined. Knead a little if needed. The mixture will seem dry and crumbly at first, resist the temptation to add extra liquid.
If you have a biscuit cutter, wash and dry your hands and dust them with flour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead a few times to gather it into a ball. Roll or pat the dough into a circle about 3/4 inch thick. Cut out the circles, cutting as closely together as possible and keeping the trimmings intact. If you don’t have a biscuit, use a straight-sided 1/4 cup measuring cup, or a thin bottle to cut out circles of dough.
Place scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Make sure the scones are at least 1 inch apart. Freeze the prepped scones for at least 30 minutes. Brush with heavy cream and/or sprinkle demerara sugar over the scones.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400°F. Bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until the edges have just turned golden brown.

Peach Crumble
For oat crumble
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar*
1/2 tsp salt
scant 6 tbsp (1 stick minus 2 tbsp) butter, melted
For peaches
2 lbs peaches
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp mild honey
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine oats, whole wheat flour, coconut palm sugar, salt, and melted butter in a bowl. Mix thoroughly, and flatten into a patty. Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
In the meantime, bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil. Place peaches into the water, two at a time, for about 20 seconds. Remove and place under coldest running water. Peel the skins. Repeat process until all the peaches are peeled. Slice peeled peaches into 8 equal slices. In a medium bowl, combine peach slices with cornstarch and honey.
Butter a 13 * 9 inch baking pan. Fill with peach mixture. Distribute the crumble as evenly as possible over the top of the peaches.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the crumble is a deep golden-brown.
*Coconut palm sugar can be found in bulk area at natural food stores, including Whole Foods Market, or online. Can substitute with regular cane sugar.

Some lovelies for you:
~ French mini cups. I’d like a set in pink, white, and grey, please.
~ A charming salt cellar.
~ Latest professional food/lifestyle photographer love. Delicious.
~ High tea. Next month.

  1. Corina,

    I’m drooling over that peach crumble. Definitely time I made one again.

  2. Indulgent breakfast, probably best reserved for special mornings!

  3. This post is such a treat for the eyes and heart. Gorgeous!

  4. I am intrigued by this coconut palm sugar. I am currently using turbinado sugar, which I’m loving, by the way. But it’s always good to know other options. I’ll have to check that out the next time I go to the store.

    Oh and I love breakfast! I always try to switch it up between sweet and savory.

  5. hemalata,

    Nothing sets you up for the day like a good breakfast and these delicious creme scones and peach crumbles makes an excellent breakfast treat for every one.

  6. Such yummy breakfast delights! And thank you for the links at the end, beautiful discoveries.

  7. I was just telling my mom last night that when I see her, I’ll take her to get some afternoon tea cos I want to have some scones. Your pics will have to do for now!

  8. Foodycat,

    That is exactly how I like my crumble – lots of oats and crunchy bits!

  9. Rachana,

    Thats exactly the kind of breakfast I would love to have :-) Yumm!

  10. Tes,

    I really need to try this dish! It sounds so amazing for breakfast, healthy and filling :)

  11. Love both the recipe, Joyti! What lovely ingredients to go in..

  12. Totally agree with the first paragraph,the morning air feels so clean :)

  13. peaches and beaches goes together !! very apt for summers, loved your pics

  14. What a lovely array of braekfasts! The pictures are so pretty and soothing to me.

  15. manu,

    Yummy breakfast!! LOL

  16. the scones look AMAZING! I love how light and sweet they are. I am a morning person so I can see myself eating these every morning! great pics too!

  17. Viv,

    im no morning person too but i love breakfast at 11am ;) haha.
    ive never associated a crumble with brekkie but this peach crumble….AMAZING! saving this for a free lazy day ahead ;)

  18. Not a morning person here either, but what a lovely breakfast to wake up to! Delicious! I wouldn’t even mind it for lunch or dinner :)

  19. Mrs K,

    Jyoti what a wonderful way to start one’s day.I will save these for special mornings:)

  20. bronwyn,

    I just made a berry crumble and had it with yogurt for breakfast a few days last week. But there was way too much butter to be considered healthy. Will have to try this one. I am now so very curious about coconut palm sugar. Is it low glycemic like agave? The taste sounds right up my ally. I tend to like the complexity of more natural sweeteners over the sweet of refined sugar. Will have to search this out. Where did you find it?

  21. delicious breakfast yum yum….I like the scones.

  22. I absolutely am a morning person and breakfast is my favorite meal. I could kind of care less about dinner really. I’d gobble up both these delicious treats.

  23. What wonderful recipes. The photographs are so simple yet so classy!! All in all a great post :)

  24. kimbirdy,

    you’re speaking directly to my heart here. these are precisely the types of dishes that make me excited to eat, which is pretty rare for me. they would definitely brighten the mornings {i also love the idea of mornings but hate that whole waking up part}. thanks for sharing this. it’s one to bookmark!

  25. Sissi,

    I love your photographs so much… They are beautiful and soothing… I think I have just found an idea for a healthy peach crumble. Thank you.

  26. Christine,

    I always look forward to my healthy breakfast to start the day. And both of these sound perfect!

  27. Rita,

    These scones are the nicest I have ever seen. I am a morning person and Love a good breakfast to start my day. Great photos.

  28. kaitlyn,

    i was just in london and had afternoon tea at wolseley cafe. it was unforgettable. i have fallen madly in love with scones and have been in search of new recipes to try out. they are delicious with clotted cream!


  29. Gloria,

    This crumble is amazing and the scones too! xgloria

  30. naomi,

    I have tried coconut palm sugar. Interesting. I’m going to have to pick some up and give it go.

    FYI – I love your photography style. It’s so gorgeous and with such a quiet serene tone to them.

  31. Both of these recipes sound simply divine! We’ve had house guests so we had to amp up our usual weekday breakfasts, and I’ve been loving mornings so much more lately!

  32. Ameena,

    Scones…how I love scones! They are mainly the reason I want to move to London. :)

    Both recipes look delicious and your picture are stunning.

  33. Jessica,

    This looks so good. I am not a morning person either but my favorite foods are all breakfast related. :) I will certainly try this. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Pavithra,

    Omg this is just the recipe totally.. my mouth is literally drooling.

  35. Lizzy,

    Your photos are consistently stunning! I get so much pleasure from my visits~ And both the crumble and scones truly look delicious…and I could easily rationalize having a little of each for my breakfast…but maybe no ice cream till dessert time :)

  36. what an awesome double treat! those scones are perfection. and the peach crumble is calling my name. what a wonderful way to start the day!

  37. You know the way to my heart! I would become a morning person for these any day :)

  38. Two treats, how lovely. I am a morning person, and would be delighted to whip up these.

    I’ve used coconut palm sugar in sauce making, but have yet to try it in baking.

  39. Ella,

    ah, this looks delightful!

  40. What a fabulous breakfast spread… Yummy! Great post & gorgeous photographs! :) This coconut palm sugar sounds intriguing! Thanks for sharing…

  41. This is a great breakfast.
    Thank You.

  42. Everything looks so delicate! Great post!

  43. The crumble and scones look very delicious.

  44. Anna A.,

    sleeping in is awesome but I do love morning too. I will look out for that cocoa palm sugar.

  45. I’m not a morning person either but I might be able to deal with it better if I had either one of these to great me! Do you deliver? lol

  46. I was a morning person before coming to US but not any the scone and crumble with palm sugar- I dont think I have ever used it in baking- sounds soo delicious!

  47. Juanita,

    Nice! I’ll keep a look out for coconut palm sugar. Sounds intriguing enough to try.

  48. lisa,

    Both of these sound wonderful, but I just picked blueberries this morning, and so the scones are definitely going to be made today! As always, thank you so much for sharing!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  50. Patzie,

    I have been craving scones like crazy these days. I should try baking this when I feel confident enough – hehe :)

  51. I am not really into breakfast so much but if I was served with breakfasts like this I am sure I will eat a TON! Sounds YUMM!

  52. I LOVE scones and like you I’m so not a morning person either :) Your scones look scrumptious!

  53. Gorgeous recipe and lovely clicks…
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  54. yum…will have to try it out! lovely photos as usual.

  55. Faith,

    Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day too…especially on weekends when I can take a whole morning to make something special like this and truly enjoy it! Both of these breakfast treats look wonderful!

  56. Allison,

    You are right the morning is so magical. Your photos are just gorgeous. If one of those scones appeared on my desk that would be magic.

  57. I am not a morning person, or a breakfast person, but I’d be all in on these. Creme Fraiche scones?! Really?! My own personal heaven.

    I’m a big creme fraiche guy.


  58. Love the crumble, love the scones! I would like a small serving of both for breakfast because I can’t decide which one I like best;-) Can’t wait to see your new banner!

  59. What delicious recipes, my heart is with the crumble. My favourite chocolate bar in the world, the om bar, is made with coconut palm sugar and it gives such a great taste. Why do you freeze the crumble mix?

  60. Joanne,

    Don’t hold it against me but…I am absolutely 100% a morning person! And I can’t wait to indulge in these at breakfast. They look so good!

  61. Manju,

    the scones and the peach crumble are definitely some treat for the morning indeed. I am not a morning person either, but I will wake up early for these babies! :)

  62. muppy,

    I am a morning person and they both look so inviting :)

  63. There’s nothing like scones in the morning and a crumble at night. I just made a peach one the other night — and oddly, at this point, I don’t use a recipe. I might be cocky but somehow, mine always seem to come out splendidly, especially when paired with vanilla ice cream.
    I just got some great cherry jam recently. Scones will definitely be made soon.

  64. Your peach crumble looks so decadent and delicious. I love peaches.

  65. I know I’d like the crumble served just the way you mentioned, with yogurt. Yum.

  66. I’m not a morning person either, but if I had this for breakfast, I might be! Both these recipes sound divine!

  67. Lisa H.,

    I am a morning person.. and would love to chow down both for breakfast hehehe…
    Awesome brekkie :D

  68. scones and crumble looks wonderful deliciously done

  69. I love that crumble, and isn’t coconut sugar just so lovely? We use it all the time and it adds such a great caramel type depth of flavour, yummm….
    Why haven’t I thought of crumble for breakfast before? Thanks for the great idea!

  70. I HATE mornings, but I do love breakfast foods–especially when I eat them during brunch, which means I don’t have to get out of bed until at least 10am! These scones look amazing and now I’m hungry again at 10:30 at night. Sigh :)

  71. chef_d,

    I love mornings and I love breakfast…lovely post. Oh and I put coconut sugar even in my coffee and oatmeal :)

  72. I love mornings.
    I love breakfast.
    I love scones.
    I love raspberries
    I love peaches.
    I love your pictures.
    I love this post.
    YUM. Off to visit
    your links as I’m
    sure they are also
    quite lovely.
    xx Suzanne
    PS: Blackberries are
    late this year in WA.
    We are going to pick
    marionberries, a type
    of cultivated blackberry,
    this weekend!

  73. hila,

    maybe I should try this for my birthday morning next weekend, sounds so delicious!

  74. I never made scones, I admit it, and they are on my cooking to-do-list from months now!
    I have to make them, and these look wonderful… and I like the peach crumble, too!

  75. 2 weekends ago I was in Santa Cruz and I had this great cranberry scones. I love scones before too, but these scones totally changed my passion toward scones… Your scones look great and I’d love to try it someday. I’m still new to baking and I probably need a couple of practice before getting to scones. The crumble look fantastic too! Arh you make me very hungry. :-)

  76. Peach crumble. Yum. Actually any type of crumble is always up there in my books, but a peach one would be lovely right now as we are in the middle of winter…. and always love scones!

  77. Both looks so good! Scones with clotted cream is my treat whenever I go to UK. The coconut palm sugar is new to me, but I would love to discover its taste!
    The French ceramics mini cups are SO cute ;-)

  78. I love them both, they look fantastic and the pictures are also amazing.

  79. Renee,

    I love where u said.. ” the boy is working on projects that actually pay..” LOL! Btw…love both the recipes..and the pics are so simple but FAB :)

  80. LyddieGal,

    breakfast that is delicious and practically healthy? I’m sold. Now It just needs to me made the night before so the only thing i have to worry about in the AM is the coffee.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  82. Tank you SO much for taking the time to comment on my blog. From someone with such a beautiful site as yours it means a lot :) Both scones and crumbles hold very dear places in my heart being a British lass brought up on them both :) Gorgeous recipes!

  83. I agree breakfast is a very important any time :-) Ans yours is a gorgeous splurge. Got to find out more about this coconut palm sugar

  84. I love Ben Dearnley too =). Scones are fantastic and when you add creme fraiche — oh my goodness! The peach crumble looks fantastic and perfect for the summer bounty!

  85. I love both creations, but the creme fraiche scones sound particularly delicious to me.

  86. Lyndsey,

    Yum, it looks amazing. I love the color of the crumble, and hey I have some palm sugar in my cupboard too. Perfect for breakfast!!

  87. kankana,

    Oh Creme Fraiche on scones .. that would be so delicious. I see that you refrigerate after cutting and not the dough. The peaches too look lovely.

  88. Olive,

    who wouldn’t want to wake up to a beautiful morning + scones and peach crumble…that is happiness!! :)

  89. StephieB,

    Beautiful! I am not a morning person either but I think I could make an effort if I was rewarded with your gorgeous scones – yum!

    Hugs and a happy weekend to you, Stephie x

    PS I love the little French mini cups. Too sweet and lovely colours

  90. this looks delicious. its so good to see the scones paired with something different other than jam and cream.

  91. Ash,

    Fantastic photos! You have a great blog here. Thank you so much for visiting me!

  92. Karen,

    Wow, I wish I’d be served these amazing treats for breakfast everyday! The peach crumble sounds particularly delicious. I still have some palm sugar that I bought from a family in the countryside in Cambodia – it has the best taste and would be great in this crumble. :-)

  93. Your breakfast treats are lovely, thanks for sharing the recipes. I like palm sugar too. It’s used in many Asian desserts e.g. sago pearls in coconut milk and palm sugar syrup.

  94. Plateful,

    Such gorgeous beauties for breakfast huh?!! A truly indulgent start to a wonderful day, I’d say!

  95. Both looks absolutely delicious!!! And your photos are so lovely as usual. Coconut palm sugar is quite popular here in the Philippines not only because it is abundant but more so because of its naturally low glycemic index.

  96. I have been wanting a good scone recipe. Thank you so much!

  97. I’ve been wondering about coconut palm sugar- I’ve been making a crumble lately with a bit of rye flour instead of plain flour, plus the requisite oats and wholewheat flour. The rye would work really well with the peaches I think.

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  99. scones, how delicious! I also love the miniature cups… so simple and lovely :)

  100. even I could become a morning person for some of this. your styling is so beautiful.

  101. Linka,

    That peach crumble looks annoyingly delicious! Love it!

  102. I am so lusting after this peach crumble now. How lovely. I need to buy some coconut palm sugar! I also love the sound of the creme fraiche scones – a nice twist.
    Heidi xo

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