Coconut Almond Scones

13 Apr


I’ll say.

Today is actually one of the longest days ever.  Especially if you count before I went to sleep around 1:30 am after watching Farewell, My Concubine.  Who let me do that?  What a tragic fucking movie.  Made even more tragic by the fact that Leslie Cheung was one of the stars, and his character killed himself at the end.  Christ.

But then there was the waking up at 6, the presenting a goddamn paper at 10, the wandering around ISU looking for stuff to do, the drive back to Chicago, the making of brownies (non-negotiable event), and the finishing season 2 of Girls finally, sadly.

I love that show.  So.  Much.

I’m so tired I can barely keep my eyes open, yet here I am blogging and watching Batman because… I don’t know, but here, enjoy these scones I made a week or so ago.


The recipe is, as usual, from Joy the Baker, adapted in the slightest of ways.

Oh my god i love batman if you haven’t seen the dark knight trilogy then gtfo and get thee hence okay.


(and maggie gyllenhaal (sp?) i love her too)


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp milk (i used almond)
  • 1/3 cup shredded, toasted coconut
  • 1/3 cup slivered, toasted almonds

Recipe (the imperative of the Latin word recipere, meaning “to take”):

In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients, not including the coconut and almonds.

Add the cold butter and incorporate with your fingers until the mixture becomes crumbly.  This may be very frustrating and seem not to be working, but bear with it.


Whisk the eggs together with the milk, and then add the coconut and almonds to the flour mixture.


Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk/egg.


I don’t know why you’re supposed to do this, but I trust Miss Joy so whatever.

Mix all of that together with a fork until it just comes together.  The original recipe notes that the dough will be “shaggy”.  So then dump this shaggy dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a disk about 1 1/4 in thick.


With a biscuit cutter–or, say, a jar–go to work.


Luckily I save all my jars.


Place the biscuits an inch apart on a baking sheet and bake for 14-18 minutes at 350.


Now, the best thing about scones is that, somehow they know to puff up in a way that allows them to break easily in two.  Without you having to do anything special!  Don’t you just love dough and the science thereof?

Well, I do, I can’t help it if you have no sense of curiosity or wonder.

I know I recommended Xinran last week, but dude, you have to read her Sky Burial.  The Good Women of China is very enlightening and a great and important read…

But Sky Burial?

It’s a true story of a woman who, in the early days of the Communist rule of China, got married to her university sweetheart only to see him shipped out to Tibet by the PLA as a doctor for troops three weeks after their marriage.  And a few weeks after that?  She gets a notification of his death.

Not believing he’s really dead–due to the mysterious circumstances the PLA reported and the lack of skirmishes where her husband was located–she joins the PLA as well and goes to Tibet.

From the east cost of China.  By herself.  Back when travel was not easy, especially in China, and when, even after the Communist revolution, it was unusual for women to be so independent.

She ends up staying in Tibet for many, many, many years, living with nomads, never giving up the search for her husband.

It is such an absolutely tragic story, and all the whole you still want to know what happened to her husband even though that quest takes a backseat to the woman’s travels and growing up, and when you find out it makes the story even more beautiful and sad.


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