As you know, Mr. Schwartz was out of town this past weekend and I was stuck trying to think of things he doesn't like to eat. This guy really eats everything. Even things he doesn't like. So weird. He doesn't like tomatoes at all but when we are dining out he leaves them on his sandwiches because they are "good for you." Gross. I would rather enjoy my over priced sammy and eat it the way I like rather than eat something that is "good for me."
Needless to say it was hard to find something that Mr. Schwartz wouldn't eat. I'm assuming you ladies out there miss their hubbies when they are gone but kinda look forward to alone time and eating things they loathe? Am I right?! I thought...chocolate. For sure something with chocolate he really doesn't like it....although he eats Snickers Bars, Oreos and Peanut M&M's. Then I thought coconut. He really doesn't like coconut one bit--no matter what. I remembered seeing Almond Joy Scones on the How Sweet It Is blog a while back. I figured I would give them a go.
I have never made a scone in my life. And you know me and baking, we really don't get along all that well. I'm working on it. These really did turn out to be pretty tasty. I tried to follow the instructions as closely as possible but I couldn't find unsweetended coconut and I forgot to pick up coconut extract. I think the coconut extract is key here people. Don't forget it. I subbed with almond extract and it wasn't horrible. I also didn't have almond meal/flour. I think that was okay too. But use it if you have it.
Now, Mr. Schwartz is going to be out of town again soon...any other suggestions that include: chocolate, peanut butter and or coconut? I'm game. Send them over to: MrsSchwartzsKitchen@gmail.com Yep, I have my own email addy for this little blog now. It's big time. Send me a line, a recipe or let me know what you think of something you have made from the blog. Seriously it makes my day. I can't wait to hear from you!
Musical Selection: Sleepyhead by Passion Pit. I feel like a sleepyhead today.
Almond Joy Scones
2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
2/3 cup almond meal (substitute all-purpose flour if needed)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup flaked coconut
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into small pieces + 1 tablespoon for melting/brushing
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract (or almond if you don't have coconut. I would add 1 1/2 instead of a teaspoon if you are using almond extract)
raw turbinado sugar for sprinkling (or white sugar in a pinch)
3 ounces of chocolate, melted
Preheat oven to 425.
Combine flour, almond meal, sugar, coconut, baking soda, powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter until it forms coarse crumbs with the flour mixture –I used my hands to combine and mash the butter in. Stir in buttermilk, coconut (or almond) extract and vanilla extract. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently.
Divide dough in half and pat into 7-inch round circles.. Cut scones out with a round biscuit cutter. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 425 for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, then "drizzle" with melted chocolate.
Recipe slightly adapted from: here