Thursday, May 10, 2012

Have You Tried? ... Toasted Coconut Scones

Something  I have always enjoyed, since I was a child, are fresh baked scones. Our new Toasted Coconut Scones do not fail to enhance this memory of warm buttery goodness with a "right off the island" twist.

These scones took about an hour too make, so they are perfect for breakfast in bed for Mom this Mother's Day. I imagine her sitting in bed smelling the warm, nutty coconut scent trailing from the kitchen below transporting her to an island oasis. A relaxing blissful journey to set her Mother's Day off to a lovely start.

The first thing you have to do is purchase our Stonewall Kitchen Toasted Coconut Scone Mix which can be found at any of our nine East Coast Company Stores or on our website here.

On the back of the box there is a list of the ingredients you will need as well as step-by-step directions. Here is a combined list of ingredients you should grab from the store or your pantry before you start.

Unsalted butter (1 stick)
Milk or Cream or Half & Half 
Egg (you will only need 1)

You will find two packets inside the box; the scone mix and the glaze mix.

To start we will make the scones. You will need:

1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
1 large egg
½ cup water, cold 

Pour the bag of scone mix into a bowl, be sure to enjoy the lovely scent of coconut wafting from the dusty floury mixture. Then add the cubed butter.

Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or your fingertips until the combination resembles coarse crumbs.

In a separate bowl whisk together the egg and water then add to the dry mix. I recommend slowly adding in the liquid mixture until you have a nice consistency of dough. Try to avoid letting the dough become wet and sticky, this will prevent you from being able to knead it. 

Follow this by stirring together the combination with a wooden spoon. If you added too much water, no worries, simply add more flour until you retain the correct consistency or if you do not have flour, again do not worry. The scones still come out fluffy and buttery.

If your dough is knead-able, knead the dough until it fully holds together. Once kneaded pat the dough into a 3/4" thick round, cut into eight equal wedges and place them on a lightly coated, with cooking spray, cookie sheet.

If your dough is sticky and not knead-able simply make sure all components are combined then grab six to eight equal parts with your hands from the dough and place on a cookie sheet.

Either way bake until the scones are lightly browned, approximately 15 minutes. Then let cool.

While your scones cool it is time to make the glaze. You will need:

1 Tbsp. milk or cream or half & half

Pour the second packet into a bowl and combine with the milk or cream or half & half.

Whisk until the glaze is smooth and creamy.

Drizzle over the slightly cooled scones and serve warm.

Be sure to snag a bite of the scones before you give them to mom. Enjoy the warm, buttery morsels as you send your senses off packing to a tropical destination. 

Happy Mother's Day.. and enjoy. Until next time.

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