Joy the Baker

Chocolate Coconut Almond Scones

October 10, 2011

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14 of the 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 thoughts going through my brainscape:

-  I’m 30.  I can’t shop at Forever 21.  First of all, I’m a Large…. and the shorts are still waay too tiny.  Secondly, I look much better in Anthropologie clothes.

-  I’m worth it.

-  Yea.  So I just stress-ate a bag of potato chips.  At least I just bought the small bag and not the giant bag… even though the giant bag was on sale.  I’m alright!

-  I wish I had claws so I could scratch my cat back.

-  At least I have scissors to give my cat awkward hair cuts when he’s sleeping.

-  I can’t sing, unless I’m alone and I’m pretending like I’m Adele… and then I still can’t sing.

-  No, sir.  Laundromat flirting is not my thing.  I see you trying to find an ‘in’.  Also… the fact that you’re wearing a bluetooth and that you brought your own wooden hangers to the laundromat makes it clear to me that you’re a serial killer.  I’ve seen CSI.  I’ve seen Dexter.  COME ON!

-  Well, if Hoarders weren’t such a mind-bending show, I wouldn’t have to watch it.  It’s really not my fault.

-  I’ll write that email… but first I’ll eat this cold burrito.

-  I’m looking at you and secretly wondering if you’re an extreme couponer.

-  Can I deep fry cupcakes?  No.

-  Some girls cry when they’re sad.  I cry when I’m bonkers angry.  That must be really creepy to people.  Like… killer creepy.

-  When did girls start wearing fake hair and fake eyelashes!?  Ladies… come on.  Can we all just work on the same playing field?  Geez.  You’re really making my hair look mousy.

-  What kind of scones should I make?  I know… sweet everything bagels…  Everything Scones!  I’m a genius.

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Toasted coconut is one of my favorite smells.

I wish my hair could smell like this all the time.

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Scones.  Why not just throw in everything!?  By the handful… with buttermilk.

Come on!  This is how we should live everyday.

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If you don’t think this looks like a blessing from the heavens… we’re not friends.

If you don’t think this looks like a blessing from the heavens… then you’re not a ninja.  That’s a problem.

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Toasty, buttery, and soft.  Studded with almonds, chocolate and coconut.  A mouthful of breakfast goodness!  Add a big dollop of cherry jam and shut.it.up!  The best breakfast everyday.

Chocolate Coconut Almond Scones

makes about 8 to 10 scones

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3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons raw or granulated sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes

1 large egg

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

1/3 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

1/3 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

buttermilk and sugar for topping before baking

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place shredded coconut and slivered almonds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes.  Keep your eye on the coconut.  It browns quickly.  Remove from the oven when toasted and allow to cool.  Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Toss the cold butter cubes into the flour mixture.  Using your hands, quickly work in the butter into the flour mixture, breaking it up with your fingers.  Some butter bits will be the size of small pebbles, and some will be the size of oat flakes.  Set in the fridge for a few minutes.

Whisk together buttermilk and egg.

Remove the flour and butter mixture from the fridge and add coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips.  Whisk together and create a well in the center of the mixture.  Add the buttermilk mixture all at once to the well.  Use a fork to bring the wet and the dry ingredients together.  Mixture will be shaggy.  Lightly flour a work surface and dump the shaggy dough mixture out onto the counter.  Bring together the dough with your hands into a 1 1/2-inch thick disk .  Use a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits.  Flour the biscuit cutter if it starts to stick to the dough.

Place biscuits, about 1 inch apart, on the prepared baking sheets.  Brush with a bit of buttermilk and a few pinches of raw or granulated sugar.  Bake biscuits for 14-18 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.  Remove from the oven and serve warm, with jam.


208 Comments Add A Comment

  • I’m always curious. After you cut out those lovely rounds of scones, what do you do with the remaining leftover dough? Clump them together and bake them anyway or (GASP!) throw them away?

  • I cry when I’m happy, which is….mortifying. And means I’ll probably cry when I make these and eat them. Your chocolate bundt cake may have brought a tear to my eye on more than one occasion too :)

  • Ohhhh these look delicious! I have never made scones before but these could definetly twist my arms into giving it a go!!!

    Em x

  • Hehe. I loved this post so much, and not just the part where there was chocolate, coconut and almond action happening.

  • These looks just awesome! I love scones. Mmmm..

    Oh and I have a hair treatment that smells like toasted coconut. I hate having to wash it out..

  • These look fantastic Joy!!! How do you manage such brilliant recipes! Yum!

  • I thought to myself today-what the H am i going to do with the buttermilk left over from making Joy’s almost vegan zucchini bread?! I always have that problem somehow. And then, you answered me. These look scony and super tasty. I wonder if i can freeze them once they’re baked…. If not i will throw myself on the sword and eat every single one straight from the oven. NOT. An empty threat.

  • This is a total hit Joy!

  • These are love incarnate and better yet in edible form! Can’t wait to make these with a huge cup of coffee…mmm. Have a great day!

  • These look so yummy! I love coconut and don’t bake with it nearly enough. And yeah…Forever 21 just makes me sad. I’m 27 and I think I’m already too old. Their clothes don’t really work for ladies like myself with…umm…ample chests. Haha.

  • I am totally a ninja. It’s in my blood. I swear.

    And I totally need to make these scones. My boyfriend’s coworkers have been bugging me to bake them something, since I teased them with cupcakes that they didn’t get to eat last week. (Oops.) I’m certain these scones will make an excellent peace offering (and besides, *I* really want them after seeing your photos, and that’s the best excuse to bake anything, right?)

  • Awww those look awesome Joy! And you know what I love, that you call them scones, I go on Pinterest and I see things that look like scones being called biscuits, and it confuses me, are they the same thing?
    If your cat is a jerk to you, as soon as he scratches you, give him a lightening quick little harmless jab in the side, like Caesar Milan does to dogs. I don’t have a cat, but I have next doors cat, and once in a blue moon he tries to bite me so I give him a little ‘bite’ (jab) back, he looks surprised, and balance is restored. Of course if you try this, and you cat just starts turning green, and ripping out of his fur Hulk style, I suggest you just run and never return. :)
    I have never made scones, it is on my 31 list – I have 11 months to make them. In this time I also plan to make cheesecake, christmas pudding and christmas cake all for the first time – Yeah!! :)

  • You rock. I heart you.

    When we hit 30, we graduate from Forever 21 to Anthro. And heck yeah, we are worth it :)

    I love the Anthro dishes in your post. Ok, in all your posts. I have a Pinterest board I just created…with pretty dishes. Yeah, I am that obsessed.

    And your scones look…divine.

  • These look amazing! Toasty coconut and almonds. Yes please.

  • Dear Joy

    It’s a cold monday morning here in Switzerland and it rains… since days…! BUT I’m gonna cheer up my colleagues here in the office by making THOSE scones tomorrow! :))) Thank you :) Have a wonderful week

    xox
    Ramona

    • Ramona,

      I hear ya, here in Normandy. The rain has begun, and I don’t think it’s about to stop any day soon. At least we have our ovens!

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