Sunday 27 April 2014

Coconut, Lime and Blueberry Scones

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Generally speaking at the weekend I like to bake the Toddster a delicious teatime treat.  Something that I know he will enjoy and that I wouldn't normally bake for him.  He's very fond of scones . . . the problem is so am I.   What to do about that??  I don't know.  I bake em anyways, even if they do get in my mouth.

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This is a simple recipe, using ordinary things and my most favourite ingredient of all fresh blueberries.  So good for you with their vitamins and anti-oxidents!    Once the dough is made for these you just pat it into a round, place it on the baking sheet and then cut it into wedges, pushing them apart gently for baking.  So good.

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They bake like a dream and there is no faffing about with cutting them into rounds etc,  all the dough gets used up, so there's no waste.  No tough scones from having to re-roll and cut, etc.

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These puff up really nicely, and are stogged full of lovely coconut and lime flavours which go really well with the blueberries.

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These are beautiful served with a nice cuppa and some blueberry jam . . .  but lemon curd is my chosen poison, and I eat it whenever I can.   I know . . . I'm repeating myself here, but blueberries and lemon are such perfect partners!

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Just look at that crisp  coconut and sugar gilding  the top of these delicious bakes!  So good!

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And all those blueberries.   So tasty!  Nice.  Nice.

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The delicate crunch of coconut and sugar, the sweetness of blueberries, the tang of lime.   What's not to like about these??

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*Coconut, Lime and Blueberry Scones*
Makes 8

These are delightfully full of the lovely flavours of lime and coconut, not to mention sweet blueberries.  I call dips on the big one!  

225g self raising flour (1 1/2 cups plus 2 TBS)
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 TBS caster sugar
50g of chilled butter (3 1/2 TBS, scant 1/4 cup)
the finely grated zest and juice of one lime
75g fresh blueberries (about 1/2 cup)
25g dessicated coconut (scant cup)
3 TBS tinned milk or cream
4 TBS milk
plain flour for dusting
to finish:
1 medium egg yolk beaten with a drop of water
1 TBS dessicated coconut
1 TBS granulated sugar 

Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  LIne a baking tray with baking paper.  Set aside.  

Sift the flour into a bowl along with the cream of tartar, soda and a pinch of salt.  Cut the butter into small cubes and drop it into the flour mixture.  Rub it into the dry ingredients, using your fingertips until it resembles fine bread crumbs.   Stir in the coconut, lime zest and blueberries.    

Whisk together the milks and juice of the lime.  Pour this into the flour mixture and stir with a round bladed knife just to combine.  Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly, just to bring the dough together.   Shape into an 8 inch round about 1 1/2 inch thick.   Place onto the baking tray.  Brush the top with the egg yolk.   Mix the coconut and sugar for the finishing together and sprinkle over the top.  Using a very sharp knife, cut into 8 wedges.   Gently push apart on the baking sheet, leaving space between each.    

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes until risen and golden brown.  Serve warm and split along with some blueberry jam or lemon curd and cream (If desired)   Delicious!  

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These were the perfect excuse to crack open this new tea from Tetley . . . Biscuit flavoured Tea.   I don't drink tea myself, but I did have a good whiff of this and it definitely smelled a lot like a biscuit.  Very sweet and vanilla-ee biscuit-ee . . . I have a friend who does drink tea and she had a cup and declared it gorgeous.   Who am I to quibble.

Want to enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures of biscuit-tea dunking but without the calorie concerns or biscuit crumbs left floating in your cup? Well look no further. One of the UK’s most famous tea brands is launching the first-ever biscuit flavoured tea. Those clever Tea Folk at Tetley have devised a new brew that not only tastes like your favourite biscuit but it’s also been created to save you having to do any dunking at all.


Well let’s look at the stats!
  • The team at Tetley believes that as many as three quarters of their tea drinkers enjoy a biscuit with their brew
  • There are 36 million cups of Tetley drunk every day
  • So that’s 27 million biscuits dunked per day
  • There are 54 calories in the average biscuit
  • So without the need for that cheeky biscuit, the new Tetley Biscuit Flavoured Tea provides a saving of 1.4 billion calories
  • That’s enough calories to run 561,000 London marathons!  

And what if we focus just on the crumbs?

  • Based on 36 million cups of Tetley drunk a day and 27 million biscuits a day dunked
  • And if the average biscuit is dunked three times and drops 8 crumbs per dunk
  • That’s 216 million crumbs saved a day through no dunking
  • And if the average crumb is 2 mm big, that’s enough crumbs, if put on top of each other, to reach the height of 50 Mount Everests
  • Now that’s lot of crumbs saved from being lost at the bottom of a cup of tea

Surely those stats alone are worth giving up the dunks for?
Tetley Marketing Director, Amy Holdsworth said:  "We know that the average Tetley drinker loves dunkin' a nice biscuit in their cuppa.   That's why we came up with the idea of combining the two.  Who doesn't like their life to be that little bit easier?

Who indeed? 


  1. I bet that tea tastes so good..

    and look at your perfecto scones!!

  2. They are really nice scones Monique. The tops are nice and crunchy and yet the insides flakey and buttery, and then of course you know how much I like blueberries! xxoo

  3. Ah dear I love your scones always look amazing!
    And I love lemon curd Marie@ here is something really tempting!

  4. Thanks Gloria! I know you like blueberries too!!

  5. Beautiful scones! I do love coconut and can see it going wonderfully with the blueberries..not to mention the flavor of lime!!

  6. Thanks Kate! I hope you give them a go!

  7. Mmm, I bet the smell as good as they taste x


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