Scones with Almonds, Coconut and Chocolate Chips!

Monday morning is around once again and what better way to bring in a nice morning but with some baked goods.

In a chat with Nick at Cinematic Katzenjammer last week, he suggested me to make scones with almonds, coconut and chocolate chips.  A huge THANKS to him for giving me the baking missions ;).  Its been a while since I’ve baked scones.  I brought it over to my boyfriend’s family for dinner and they loved it!

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To make this, I got a bit creative and used a Looneyspoons Collection cranberry-orange scones recipe and changed it to incorporate the ingredients I wanted.

Ingredients

Makes 12

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup oat bran

1/4 cup chopped almonds

1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 tbsp butter, melted

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

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1) Preheat oven to 400F.  Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

2) In a large bowl, combine flour, oat bran, chopped almonds, coconut shreds, chocolate chips, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

3) In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter and vanilla.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Stir until a soft dough is formed. Add a bit more flour if dough is too sticky.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 2 pieces.  Form each piece into a ball.  Place the balls on the baking sheet.  Pat dough to 3/4 inch thick circles about 6 inches in diameter.  Using a sharp knife, cut each circle into 6 wedges.

4) To make glaze, lightly beat egg and 1 tbsp water in a small bowl.  Brush glaze lightly over top of dough (you won’t use it all).  Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until scones are puffed up and golden. Cool slightly and serve.

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There you go! How does that sound?

As I was typing this up, I realized something that I did which was different.  However, lets start with what they originally suggest. If you aren’t lactose-intolerant, you can use buttermilk instead of almond milk. As for the scones, when in their wedges, I made the mistake of pulling them apart, so they turned out all weirdly shaped.  However, they aren’t supposed to be separated.  Try that out when you do it. Just bake them in circles separated in 6 wedges and pull them apart when you want to eat them after they’ve cooled down 😉

The texture seemed soft and puffy, even though mine seemed more like the height of cookies instead of scones.  Everyone loved them yesterday and they ate them with smiles.  That always is a good sign 😉

Also, before I let you go, I urge you to go check out Nick’s Cinematic Katzenjammer.  His blog posts about movie-related news,  reviews and much more plus he has various other bloggers who write for his site as well.  I just started listening to their podcasts and they are really fun. Check it out!  I linked his blog up on top but HERE it is once more! He’s super awesome so drop on by and I sure that you’ll love it!!

Have a great Monday morning! 🙂

Apple and Oat Scones

Today I had my monthly brunch with two of my girl friends.  Its always nice to sit around and chat over food and drinks about whats happened over the last while.  This time we were hosted by one of my friends and I had contributed some baked goods.  After some long thought and debate, I came to the decision that I’d make some scones.  Please note that I haven’t made any scones since I was 15 or something like that.  It was a long time ago.  And let me tell you, finding a recipe was hard because there are just so many choices nowadays.

After flipping through my cookbooks and then looking through Martha Stewart‘s recipes, I came to two choices: Apple and Oats Scones with Cinnamon and Nutmeg *breathes* (why the need for such a long name?)  or Cranberry Scones.  I’m pretty sure you know which one won.

Thats right! Apple and Oat Scones!

Here’s the link: http://www.marthastewart.com/874312/apple-and-oat-scones-cinnamon-and-nutmeg?czone=food/brunch-center/brunch-baked-sweets&center=276953&gallery=275051&slide=874312

 

I had actually forgotten how easy and fun making scones were.  These actually have a really nice texture to them.  The apples add a nice moist taste.  Thats pretty good because I feel sometimes scones tend to be on the dry side and its hard to control that.  As for the oats, I really like it as a little decoration on the top as well as being in the dough because it makes it a little chewy.

 

These scones were loaded with apples on the bottom.  I think the only thing was that I could have cut it in smaller pieces.  In the end, it still worked out decently.  This recipe made exactly 12 scones.

 

Other than the wonderful texture of the scones, it was pretty good because the apples gave it the little light sour taste and it offsets the sweetness of the scones.  The scones are moderately sweet (just enough for me) so it was perfect.

Just try to not misread (as I did) the quantities for flour and oats.  Its funny because I didn’t see the 1 in front of the 2/3 so it turned out crazy little ingredients and I had to add it in after the apples.  Still, I think it didn’t make much of a difference.  It still looked great and tasted fantastic.

Give it a shot if you like it! How did it turn out? Are there other type of scones that you like? Give me some suggestions as to what other baked goods I could make.