Saturday, September 3, 2011

Freshly Baked Scones and Kelapo Coconut Oil

Last week I was asked by Kelapo Coconut Oil to write a review of their product.  Since I have had coconut oil in the past and absolutely love the flavor of coconut, I accepted the request excitedly!

As soon as I received my sample in the mail, I tore open the package, cut through the plastic wrapping, popped open the lid, and spooned a tablespoon of the coconut oil right into my mouth! It was delicious! I could honestly just eat the oil straight out of the jar.  As I sat there spooning out the coconut oil, I realized I should probably stop and save some since I wanted to use it in a recipe.  So before I ate it all plain, I begrudgingly put the lid back on the oil.


I was so torn as to what to make with the coconut oil, but knew that I wanted to bake something.  Coconut cake, Madeleine's, cupcakes, cookies, and macarons, all raced through my head.  However, I remembered that on my trip to the UK when I was staying in Bed and Breakfasts, I was lucky enough to have freshly baked scones every morning.... mmmmmm! With that in mind, I set forth to bake my own homemade scones for breakfast using the Kelapo Coconut Oil, and here was the result....


An absolutely, perfectly delicious, and scrumptious scone! I was afraid that by not using all of the butter and shortening and replacing it with coconut oil that they may taste different or not rise well, but they were stunning in look, smell, and taste! And if you happen to be someone who does not like the flavor of coconut, do not worry, the coconut flavor does not overpower when using it for baking, it simply replaces less healthier ingredients!

Freshly Baked Scones
Ingredients:
-2 cups flour
-4 teaspoons baking powder
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-1/3 cup sugar
-3 tablespoons Kelapo Coconut Oil (original recipe called for shortening)
-2 tablespoons butter, diced (original recipe called for 4 tablespoons)
-3/4 cup cream
-1 egg
-Healthy handful of raisins, craisins, or dried currants (I used craisins this time around)
-1 egg beaten, plus 1 tablespoon water for egg wash
-Sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.  Incorporate the butter and coconut oil (you can actually use all coconut oil and no butter if you prefer, but this was the first time I used the oil in a scone recipe so I wanted to see how it would come out.  Now having done it, I would just use all coconut oil).

In a separate bowl, beat the egg and mix in the cream.  Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and combine well.  At this point, it is probably best to just use your hands to mix the dough.  Then, mix in the raisins, craisins, dried currants, or your fruit of choice.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick and cut into round circle with a biscuit cutter, or triangular shapes if you prefer.

Lightly brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash and sprinkle with a little sugar (optional).  Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

Serve warm with butter, or better yet, Kelapo Coconut Oil! I used the oil as a spread over my scones and absolutely loved it! I was actually amazed at myself for liking the oil spread more than butter.  Overall, the coconut oil turned out to be pretty fantastic and a great ingredient to bake with.  Using coconut oil is much healthier than using all butter, shortening, or other cooking oils.  Better yet, when using coconut oil as a replacement, it is not a one to one ratio.  Rather, you can use about 3/4 of what the recipe calls for when it says to use butter or shortening.


(I'm glad I just got my nails done...)

For more information on the benefits of coconut oil and its many uses, including gel capsules, skin scare, and so forth, check out the Kelapo Coconut Oil website here: http://www.kelapo.com/

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17 comments:

  1. Those look scrumptious! I wish our family didn't have allergies to coconut so I could try baking with it!

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  2. Yum. Love coconut in baking. Scones look great - and love the freshly manicured nails! :)

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  3. Fabulous scones! I try to always cook with coconut oil and it makes SUCH a different :) Buzzed

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  4. I have some coconut oil in the mail to review too. I can't wait, I've been wanting to try it lately. These scones sound so good too. I can imagine that the oil flavors the scones so well!

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  5. Yah the oil really is so great! My boyfriend is not a hug coconut fan and he loved these because the coconut flavor does not overpower when baking... it really is like using vegetable oil but healthier and better!

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  6. What a great way to use coconut oil! Hubby is not a fan of coconut, so knowing that the flavor doesn't overpower the scones, is wonderful! I've heard many great things about the oil. Thank you for sharing. =]

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  7. I can smell the coconut from here! On my list to make, they sound wonderful!

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  8. This looks terrific! I have heard so much recently about coconut oil and specifically Kelapo that I think I'm just going to have to get some!

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  9. I have never baked with coconut oil this is very interesting. I make a lot of scones for afternoon tea at my job from a very similar recipe (all butter) I

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  10. Mike you will have to give the oil a try then since you make scones so much! Not that I didn't think the coconut oil would work, but I was still impressed with how well it worked!

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  11. Scones are a favorite for tea time and I have never made them with coconut oil. I have seen so much on coconut lately, I am missing out. I will need to try. Great post.

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  12. Such delicious looking scones! And with craisins...mmmmmm. And thanks for the idea to use coconut oil as a spread!

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  13. absolutely divine scones..
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    awesome presentation..
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    love,
    Jay
    Tasty Appetite

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  14. Coconut oil & craisins, love it :) Congrats on Foodbuzz #1!!!

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  15. I'd love to try these & add some almond extract!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  16. Yum! I love coconut, yet I have never used coconut oil! This recipe sounds delicious... who doesn't like freshly baked scones???

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