So I'm still on the 'diet' and it's still going well, just we all need a treat now and again, right?? I absolutely LOVE my regular scone recipe, we have them breakfast probably once a week. However I wanted to try replacing the vegetable fat (shortening) that I use in them with healthier extra virgin coconut oil. When cold it's a solid fat like shortening so should give the same lightness in the scones, but of course, would make the scones taste 'coconutty'. I just decided to embrace that and replaced the rice milk with organic coconut milk and through in some chocolate chips for that 'bounty bar like experience'. Altogether so happy with these, I cannot convey to you how amazing the kitchen smelled while these were cooking! Now, you may notice these don't have any actual coconut in them. That was quite deliberate on my part as I didn't want that texture in these - just a softly infused natural coconut flavour, the type you don't get from extract. However if you like, some dessicated coconut could certainly be added, about 1/3 cup or 30g would suffice at a guess.
Coconut Chocolate Chip Scones: makes 6 large triangles but I've also gotten 14 mini round scones here.
300g plain flour
2 Tbsp cornstarch
50g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
80g extra virgin coconut oil, in the solid state*
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
200ml coconut milk - I used full fat as that was all I had, can use reduced fat
50g chocolate chips
60g dark chocolate, for drizzling on top
* First a note on the coconut oil. It must be in the solid state, mine was naturally firm in the cupboard so that I was able to cut it into the flour using a pastry cutter. Had it been chilled in the fridge I would have used my food processor to cut it into the flour. I once tried using my pastry cutter to cut fridge chilled coconut oil into flour before and it was so hard it dented my pastry cutter. My mom's almost antique pastry cutter. Was.not.happy. So if you are cutting it in by hand, make sure it's firm but not rock hard, otherwise use a processor.*
Preheat the oven to 190C/380F. In a large bowl mix together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips. Mix together the coconut milk and vanilla then stir this into the flour. Mix quickly until it just comes together. Bring together into a ball and place on a floured surface. Shape into a large flat disc, about 1 1/2 " thick. Cut in half, then cut each half into thirds. It's most important you don't handle these very much - don't knead it or your scones will be heavy and tough. Place each triangle onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake for about 20 minutes. You will have to toothpick test these as they don't go very golden, all that white coconut oil and milk I presume. Let cool on a wire rack. When hand cool simply melt your dark chocolate in the microwave, or in a bowl over simmering water, until melted. Use a teaspoon and drizzle back and forth over the scones. You could also just dip the entire tops in chocolate, the amount of chips in these is not excessive so they can take it!
We ate these as they are, without slicing open and spreading with marg and jam as they are sweet and yummy as they are, possibly more big cookie like than scone like, but I can see some raspberry jam mingling with the dark chocolate and coconut flavours there just fine :-)
These have also been linked up to the lovely Lisa's blog Sweet as Sugar Cookies as part of her 'Sweets for a Saturday' - go have a look at all the other yummy treats! :-)
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