Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tangerine-coconut scones


I have never been so excited about fruit as I've been with these tangerines and the oranges we had before them. One of our local organic farms bought an organic citrus farm in Florida and has been taking orders for fresh tangerines, oranges, and grapefruit. I haven't had the grapefruit yet, but hope to. The oranges and these tangerines are the most flavorful, sweet, colorful, and juicy citrus I've ever had in my life. They are absolutely amazing. Just what the body needs in the dark of winter. While we've been eating these up, they come in 10-lb bags, so we have a lot! I used just one of them to make these scones one Sunday morning. They were delicious - full of tropical flavors and a nice treat with our morning cup of coffee. 


Tangerine-coconut scones
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup spelt flour (you could also use whole wheat or more white)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup sugar, preferably unbleached
1-1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/3 cup cold unrefined coconut oil (I put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes)
zest of 1 tangerine
1 teaspoon coconut extract (or vanilla)
3/4 cup milk (I used whole)

for the glaze and topping:
about 2 teaspoons fresh tangerine juice  
about 2 tablespoons icing sugar
1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut, lightly toasted  

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour through baking powder) in a large bowl. Cut in the solid/cold coconut oil using a pastry blender or your fingers until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in the zest, extract and milk until just combined.

Form the dough into a relatively even disc about 1/2-inch thick. Place on a piece of parchment paper. Cut diagonally into eight pieces and move them slightly apart so they aren't touching (as in the top photo). Bake until lightly golden and an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly, about 18-20 minutes.

Make the glaze by mixing the tangerine juice and icing sugar, adding more as needed, until you get the right consistency. Lightly brush onto cooled scones (if you can wait that long) and top with the toasted coconut.


What was I cooking one year ago?: Mexican macaroni and cheese 
Two years ago?: vanilla Chai tea
Three?: jasmine rice pudding        

22 comments:

  1. You mixed amazing flavors in these scones! Love the recipe.

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  2. Tangerine and coconut sounds perfect together in scones.

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  3. Very unusual combination of flavors! I must try it out. The scones look perfect!

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  4. Your new organic citrus fruits sound SO good to a girl with a clingy common cold! I love that this recipe is dairy-free as well, as I'm trying to lower my milk/butter etc intake- coconut oil sounds perfect in these scones, what an awesome idea! Thanks for the great post! Definitely making these- maybe they'll be my cold cure! :)

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    1. Well they do have milk in them, but I bet you could use coconut milk and it would compliment the flavors nicely. Hope your cold goes away soon!

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  5. I am SO there with you...bright, sunny citrus just makes me happy at the tail end of a cold winter season. I could go for one of these for breakfast right now!

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  6. Wow! This combo sounds & looks fantastic together! Very innovative indeed! Now, my hubby will be trilled to have this coconut & tangerine scones coz he's a coconut lover ! But I don't think I can find coconut extract over here. Can use vanilla extract instead?

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    1. Yes - I just had coconut extract on-hand from making a coconut cream pie. I wouldn't buy it just for the scones.

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  7. What a delicious combo of flavors for scones!

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  8. oh man, i'd buy so many of each... and make some marmalade :) and these scones--they sound perfect!

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  9. Your scones sounds delicious with the tropical flavors of tangerine and coconut.

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  10. You're making my mouth water for fresh citrus fruit (and baked goods)! Yum!

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  11. These scones are droolworthy! Tangerine, coconut...I love the tropical flavours.

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  12. I have not eaten enough tangerines this citrus season! I need these scones in my life ASAP!

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  13. These look absolutely delicious! I am loving the tangerine and coconut combo. I wouldn't mind having one of these right now!

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  14. what a great flavor combination! looks great!

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  15. Wow, what a combination!! Why have I never thought of this? Yum!

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  16. Yum! I love citrus baked goods. A nice fresh zing!

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  17. Mmm a scone with tangerine sounds spectacular! Yum.

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  18. Your scones looks so good and I love coconut!

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  19. The combination of tangerine and coconut sounds great and I bet it tastes wonderful in a scone.

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  20. amazing flavor combination for these scones. :) I love coconut so much!

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