Remember that earlier this week I bought buttermilk to make Adobo Buttermilk Chicken with Onions? Well, the marinade used only one cup of buttermilk, and there was plenty left over to use in another recipe.
I decided to make scones! I've made scones in the past, and actually really liked this recipe for Dried Cherries & Orange Scones. But how fun would it be to make the exact same recipe? Not that much fun! Instead, I thought of using the leftover frozen blueberries I had and flavor the scones with lemon zest. But that's not all! While I was looking for baking soda, I discovered a bag sweetened shredded coconut left over from the time I made Chocolate Covered Macaroons, and thought why not add it to the scones!?
Blueberry & Coconut Scones with Lemon Zest
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
zest of one lemon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup chilled buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into large bowl. Mix in lemon zest. Add butter and rub it with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in frozen blueberries and shredded coconut.
4. Gradually add buttermilk, tossing with fork until moist clumps form.
5. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead briefly to bind dough, about 4 turns. Form dough into 1-inch-thick round. Using a small biscuit cutter dipped into flour, make about 20 small round scones.
6. Bake for about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve immediately.
Turns out, adding shredded coconut changes the texture of these scones by quite a bit. They definitely turned out wetter and chewier than regular scones. I did not mind it that much, but next time I'll leave the shredded coconut out. Still, it was a fun experiment.
What do you like adding to your scones? Next time, I think I'll try a savory version of this treat.