Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries

Absolutely delicious!

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_5027I was listening to John Tesh’s Radio Show, “Intelligence for your life”, two days ago. He always discusses interesting topics, so I’ve kinda gotten hooked to listening to him (only when I’m driving). He talked about having a food diary to record everything you eat, on a daily basis and I immediately thought what a cool idea (no use running 5km when you can’t even remember what you ate). And so now I have this 365-page-book with the title, “ FOOD DIARY 2013” any suggestions for a smarter or more sensible title?  (Food log 2013? Food track 2013?)

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_5065My first record on the newly found food diary was “many blueberry pikelets (I hate to disclose the number) and a river of honey. Not a good start for someone who is hoping to loose some fat on the stomach and scrape off the dreaded love triangles (are mine really triangles anymore or have they metamorphosed into something else?). I don’t know how long this newly found venture is going last. I hope it lasts forever??? I shall keep you posted of the progress. I wonder how many of you have food diaries? Is it really a useful thing to venture into???

Keeping track of what you eat is not very easy. I have realised that in a record two days, but I’m adamant and still plan to continue logging what I eat.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_5032Today I want to share with you a recipe for Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries (I added some cream too…the food dairy grimaced). Anyway, bottom line, they tasted absolutely delicious. I would make them again and again, and probably sideline my food diary. Hope you enjoy giving them a try?

  • Ingredients
  • 250g (2 cups, 9oz) self-raising flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 60 g (¼ cup, 2oz, ½ stick) butter, cubed
  • 30g (2 tablespoons) castor sugar
  • 30g ((¼ cup, 1oz) sweetened, shredded or desiccated coconut, and some extra for topping the scones
  • 50g (¼ cup, 2oz) candied papaya
  • 1 egg, beaten, lightly
  • 120 ml (½ cup, 4fl oz) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Buttermilk or egg, for glazing

 

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4943Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start baking!

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4948Sift flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4951Add cubed butter and rub into the flour briefly, and lightly, using your fingertips, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4954Add the shredded coconut and candied papaya and stir to mix until thoroughly combined.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4957Make a well in the centre of the flour-coconut-papaya mixture.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4959Add egg, vanilla essence and almost all the buttermilk.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4963Mix with a flat-bladed knife, to a soft dough, adding more buttermilk, only if necessary.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4966Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface (use self-raising flour) and knead briefly and lightly, folding it back over itself, and pressing down (about 20 seconds). The dough should just lose its stickiness.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4969Press or roll out dough to a flat round, about 2 cm thick. Cut dough into circles using a floured, 5 cm cutter or any other shape you desire. Pile the scraps together and press or roll out. Cut more pieces (do not re-knead).

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4971Place the scones on the prepared baking tray (baking sheet). Glaze with buttermilk for a soft crust or egg for a shiny crust or glaze with both. Bake 10-15 minutes or until well-risen and golden brown.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4984Brush the warm scones with some warmed apricot jam, or any other jam you prefer

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4976Blend a few strawberries to form a thick puree or simply crush them and pass through a sieve to form the puree

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_4989sprinkle the scones with shredded/desiccated coconut and drizzle with the strawberry puree.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_5060Serve

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_5047I absolutely enjoyed eating these scones.

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries myfavouritepastime.com_0234Please try them and you’ll understand what am talking about. Enjoy the scones, if you make them!!!

Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries

Preparation time: 20 minutes; total cooking time: 12-15 minutes; makes: 8-10 scones

Ingredients:

  • 250g (2 cups, 9oz) self-raising flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 60 g (¼ cup, 2oz, ½ stick) butter, cubed
  • 30g (2 tablespoons) castor sugar
  • 30g ((¼ cup, 1oz) sweetened, shredded or desiccated coconut, and some extra for topping the scones
  • 50g (¼ cup, 2oz) candied papaya
  • 1 egg, beaten, lightly
  • 120 ml (½ cup, 4fl oz) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Buttermilk or egg, for glazing

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 425℉ (220℃). Brush baking sheet with melted butter or oil or just line with parchment (greaseproof) paper if preferred.
  2. Sift flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl. Add cubed butter and rub into the flour briefly, and lightly, using your fingertips, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the shredded coconut and candied papaya and stir to mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour-coconut-papaya mixture. Add egg, vanilla essence and almost all the buttermilk. Mix with a flat-bladed knife, to a soft dough, adding more buttermilk, only if necessary.
  5. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface (use self-raising flour) and knead briefly and lightly, folding it back over itself, and pressing down (about 20 seconds). The dough should just lose its stickiness.
  6. Press or roll out dough to a flat round, about 2 cm thick. Cut dough into circles using a floured, 5 cm cutter or any other shape you desire. Pile the scraps together and press or roll out. Cut more pieces (do not re-knead).
  7. Place the scones on the prepared baking tray (baking sheet). Glaze with buttermilk for a soft crust or egg for a shiny crust or glaze with both. Bake 10-15 minutes or until well-risen and golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. Brush the warm scones with some apricot jam, sprinkle with shredded/desiccated coconut and drizzle with strawberry puree.
  9. **I weigh the flour and butter, I do not use cup measures as the weight of a cup of flour tends to vary based on individual interpretation or publication, (from 125g to 13og to 155g per cup).
  10. Cup measures based on 1 cup = 125g flour so that would be the US cup of 237ml, not the Australian Cup.

Points to Note:

  • Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperature depending on your oven. I baked the scones at 440°F (225°C) for 13 minutes.
  • I always weigh ingredients, especially the flour and butter. You can use cup measures, but please note if you scoop flour directly from the bag you will end up with 150-185 g of flour instead of the recommended 125g. I suggest you spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need. You can also sift the flour first then scoop. My best advice: please use a weighing scale.
  • Last updated: 1 December 2014

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68 thoughts on “Coconut Papaya Scones with Strawberries

  1. My sister says that keeping a food diary is very helpful…I tried it (but gave up after…yup, the first two days) and it does make you more (I mean extremely, to the point of guilty) conscious about what you’re eating and how much you’re eating. Or maybe that’s just me 🙂 . I’ve never had/made scones before because I thought they were a little bland but yours look flavorful and beautiful Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week.

    1. Thanks for this information. I have been meaning to lose at least 3 inches from my waistline but since I started blogging my eating pattern has changed and I’m gaining inches instead. I started a food diary because I want to ensure that I eat less and perhaps feeling guilty will do me some good because it will force me to eat the right things.
      Scones are not sweet, but they are meant to be eaten like pancakes with some jam, whipped cream or butter. Bread isn’t sweet either (sugar sweet) but we eat it anyway because we know it was never meant to be sweet. You should try making scones. If you do it the right way, I promise you, you’ll like them. It’s like eating fresh bread, straight out of the oven. Thanks for being here, despite the fast and I wish you a wonderful week!

      1. I’m glad you found it useful! And thank you for telling me this. (I love eating hot, freshly made bread before it’s cool) I’ll make them in the near future and report back to you…

    1. I’m sorry you can’t make them without self-raising because the dough will not rise and the scones will be tough and unpleasant.
      If you have baking powder add 1 teaspoon to 125g of all-purpose flour (plain flour). I always do that and it works very well. Happy baking and please give feedback if you can! wish you a wonderful week ahead!

      1. I do have baking soda! Me thinks we’re going to have some scones today. 🙂 I dont have papaya, but I was just going to make them with the strawberries instead. Yay for seeing this! I’ll let you know how they turn out if I do make them!

        1. Oh wow. I totally read it as baking soda instead of powder. Sleep deprived over here! Haha. I have both, so I will make sure to use powder instead of soda!

        2. I am glad you have the baking powder, then you can just go ahead and make the scones. Happy baking!! and thanks for giving me a link to your new blog!

        3. I really wish I had the same ingredients as you. Only using coconut and Strawberry left it pretty bland tasting. Husband said it tasted like a biscuit with strawberries in it. They turned out pretty decent though for my first try! Thanks for the recipe!

        4. Scones in themselves are not sweet so you have to serve them with some whipped cream and jam, or butter or marmalade or honey or syrup. It’s more like eating pancakes. You usually serve pancakes with accompaniments (maple syrup, butter, honey, fresh fruits) and that makes them taste much better.
          I brushed the scones I made with lots of apricot jam, sprinkled coconut and drizzled some strawberry puree on top and served some whipped cream on the side and I loved them so much. They should always be served warm. (you can pop in microwave for a few seconds, if they are cold).
          Also if you use buttermilk it give a much better and fluffy texture and makes a great difference to the scones. What do biscuits taste like and how are they served? I am curious!!!

        5. Ok! So then I’m pretty sure mine are right then! Wish I had soe strawberry jam to eat with it. Biscuits taste the same way a scone js. not sweet. Fluffy, flakey kind of bread. You can eat it with breakfast foods and spread butter, jam, jelly on it. You can also eat it with gravy over it. Maybe a scone and a biscuit are the same thing except one has fruit and the other doesn’t?

        6. They are basically the same except biscuits are a little salty (I eat biscuits at Popeyes with fried chicken or chicken tenders, they are more on the oily side and a bit salty)
          Scones are sweet (depending on how much sugar you add) and always have sweet ingredients added (sultanas, currants, etc) and they are served with tea and lots of jam or marmalade and whipped cream or anything sweet you can dream of, on the side. Better eaten warm too. So there we go,
          But there are also savoury scones with herbs, cheese, bacon, ham, etc and these we tend to serve with soup!
          Thank you so much for having a long conversation with me. I think you should rest coz of baby-sleep issue. Thank you so much and wish you a wonderful week!

  2. I used to keep a food diary regularly, writing in a little book, but I found a better way of doing it online, at myfitnesspal.com. I joined there, and so have my sister and my mother since. You can keep track of your food (and it tells you how many calories you’re eating) and also exercise and weight/measurements. It’s really useful! Also, these scones look amazing, I’m always making my regular scone recipe into pinwheels with brown sugar and walnuts, but I think these would be a welcome change. 🙂

    1. I am so glad I met you because I’m learning good things from you. I shall be visiting this myfitnesspal.com as soon as I finish answering these messages. it must be a good one because everyone around you has joined it. Someone also talked about cronometer.com in an earlier message.
      I love experimenting with food. Sometimes my experiments work sometimes they fail miserably but I still experiment anyway. It makes my life more interesting and full of laughter.
      Brown sugar and walnuts also sounds great, because I LOVE NUTS. do you have the recipe on your blog? Never mind if you don’t have it. Thanks so much for visiting and wish you a pleasant evening!!!

      1. I’m the same with my experimenting, but I think that’s the nature of it, it’s taking a risk that might fail, but might end up fantastically! haha.
        I actually don’t even have a recipe for it, besides the normal scone recipe, but instead of just cutting the scones, I roll the dough out into a rectangle and cover it with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, walnuts and raisins or a similar combination, and roll it up and slice it. It’s something my mother shared with me when I was younger.

        1. Thanks for your explicit instructions. I shall try it out next week and let you know how it turned out for me. If it turns out well, I shall even post it. Have a lovely evening!!!!

    1. Nice to know there is somebody else who loves papaya like me. Enjoy the scones, if you try them and please give me a feedback, if you can. Wish you a wonderful weekend. Ours is full of rain but at least that means I don’t have to water the grass and I can pull out the weeds!!!

    1. Haha I went on a browsing spree at the Bulk Barn and found the candied papaya and fell in love with them and decided to make the scones. I loved the scones and that’s what matters. Thanks for visiting me and have a very pleasant weekend!!!

  3. Hi Liz ! One more beautiful recipe ! Last time I told you I had to try to bake scones…now this is really “urgent” ! (I don’t know if this word is okay).
    A food diary would be impossible to me … I’m just NOT an organized person ! An App might be more easy to use, as I always keep my phone, wherever I go !
    Have a nice weekend !

    1. You should try and bake them. It only takes five minutes to mix and its worth the trouble.
      Food diary is a difficult thing, but perhaps it will give me a clue on why I don’t seem to be shedding weight. I am probably eating too much of the wrong foods. Thanks and have a lovely weekend!

  4. What a great take on traditional scones! These look delicious, great with a cup of tea out in the sunshine 🙂

    1. Yes you do love sunshine. I love the way you ate the Chorizo and tomato salad. You have inspired me to have my lunch out in the deck today. Wish you a wonderful weekend!

  5. I can not believe how easy these are to make. I had no idea. I always thought scones were difficult. Wish I could say the same about a food log. I’ve have kept a food log in the past and it was very helpful, however, it was difficult too. My problem was I would forget to jot everything down! 🙂

    1. I agree with you about the food log, especially the bit about remembering to write what you ate or feelings like “do I have to do it again?'”
      Thanks for visiting me and have a fantastic weekend!

  6. i never knew scones were this easy to make! i’ve had them before, but i always had this perception that they were complicated to make, “just like the rest of them.” haha!

    a food diary is a great idea, you probably won’t see the significance of it right away or in the next few months, but a few years down the road, when you refer back to old entries, you’d probably go, “did i really have this? seems like i just had it yesterday but it was so long ago!”

    and of course, start reminiscing. 🙂

    1. Yes scones are so easy to make and so delightful to eat, fresh from the oven.
      A few years down the road? omg I want to be able to access why I walk but don’t seem to lose anything. I think I’m overeating especially since I started blogging. There is too much food around the house, waiting to be eaten. Thanks and have a fantastic weekend!

  7. Fruit & scones are fabulous. Love coconut & vanilla too. Interesting that you make it like a tea cake & cut it into portions. What is a typical Canadian scone recipe?

    1. A typical Canadian scone recipe would have exactly the same ingredients minus the coconut and papaya and milk instead of buttermilk. They would be round in shape of course. I have made so many round scones, I needed a break from that shape. I love experimenting so I never really stick to the usual.
      Thanks for visiting me. Hope to get some Australian recipes from you. But you must know there are a lot of similarities in commonwealth countries, stemming from the UK and interactions between these counties!!!

    1. Hi Richard,
      I don’t know why I have never left a comment on your blog, but I do love the food you make and the detailed steps that you always present. I have bookmarked many recipes from there. One of these fine days I shall give some of those recipes a go. Your blog is one of my favourites!
      I am so glad Bay Lady loves the same ingredients as I do, that makes the two of us. Hope she tries it and hope you’ll like it. Wish you and Bay Lady a lovely weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!!

  8. These look delicious. I am so into coconut. I have a loaf of passionfruit and coconut bread in the bread maker as I type this.
    Writing down what I eat??!! Oh now that is scary.. think I would prefer bungy jumping.

    1. Passionfruit and coconut bread sounds delicious and I bet you’re going to eat it while it’s still warm. I envy you. I didn’t bake anything today, maybe you could pass me a slice over the internet. If only it were possible…I am hell-bent on writing down and damn scared of bungee jumping. Have a fantastic weekend!

  9. I used cronometer.com regularly for awhile. It does take time but it is useful. I like the effect of logging in exercise, even a 10 minute walk.

    1. I have to check out this cronometer.com It’s amazing what you get to learn when you ask others. I hope it works out for me. I’m still dreaming of your oven. Thanks for visiting after such a long spell of silence. I shall visit your blog right now to see what you’ve been up too. Thanks and wish you a lovely weekend!

  10. These look yummy! I do so love scones. I have a scone idea I need to test out soon and hope it works. Good luck with the food journal, I know lots of people that write one, or for that matter have apps on their phone for it. I have always said I would use the app I have but just keep finding excuses to not have time. Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Haha now you’re telling me I can even have it on my phone, wow. I think I prefer it on a book though. I shall keep you posted of my progress (if there is any progress at all).
      Enjoy your weekend too and best wishes to your family, I hope Josh’s arm is better?

  11. They look divine! I just came home from the corner grocery so don’t have some of the ingredients so these will have to go on my “to do later” list. I too used to keep a food diary as I belonged to a weight loss group. I lost 40 lbs by walking at least 4 times a week, recording every morsel I ate (including what I put on bread, potatoes etc.) and I also followed the very healthful diabetic food plan and eating what seemed like a lot of food! But…it worked. Now, sad to say, I have regained that and need to follow my pattern once again. It is truly amazing what we eat in a day sometimes when we aren’t paying attention, and often how unhealthy it is! Oh, and the other very very important component here….always be willing to forgive yourself! 😉

    1. And taste delicious. I’m glad the food diary did work for you. I only want to lose 10Ibs and I walk everyday but I don’t seem to be losing anything. I think I have been overeating of late. I agree with you about paying attention to what you eat. I have been keeping a log for a few days now and It’s shocking what you end up eating by the end of the day. I am trying to snack on lots of carrots, apples and such like things because sometimes I just feel like eating something even though my stomach if full. Thanks Sandy for being here and for encouraging me. I really appreciate. Wish you a wonderful weekend!!!!

  12. What an amazing looking recipe! I’ve added all sorts to scones before, but never coconut and certainly never papaya!
    The food diary’s in interesting one. I think it’s only worth it if:
    a) you like to look back in the future and gloat over all the wonderful things you cooked (but that’s what the blog’s for, eh?)
    b) you make a real conscious effort to understand what the implications of each item of food is, eg: that one muffin was nice, but it was about 200 calories, which is like an hour’s walking.
    I think it does help because if you hate having to write down how much you ate, it might encourage you to eat a little less (the food diary judgeth you!)
    As for a name, how about “What I’m eating in 2013”? It doesn’t exactly need to be a best seller title!

    1. Omg you left me cracking up, to the point of tears with this message.
      Thanks so much for making me laugh, I needed to laugh, so you’ve made my day…
      point one: I agree I can walk around and gloat about all these nice things I’ve been stuffing in and even refer people to the blog..mmm how nice.
      Point 2: I guess it does encourage one to eat a little less if you remember that you have to log it in.
      Point 3: I agree about the title too, doesn’t have to be fancy if it’s really not serving the purpose.
      BOTTOM LINE: I Enjoyed reading your message. Thanks so much for being here!! have a wonderful weekend!!

      1. Sometimes I leave dull little messages, but I knew when I read your post that it deserved better than that! I’m just glad to have made you laugh, and thank you for your lovely reply. Feeling warm and fuzzy 😀

  13. Would you believe it if I tell you that I had eaten a scone only one time in my life? Actually, I had half of a scone, because I shared it with a friend. 😀
    I have not much experience with baked foods (making or tasting them). I thing that explains why I am always excited whenever I walk into a bakery. I expect to find something I have never tasted (or even seen) before.
    I just had a coconut day last week. I will keep this recipe for the next one. 😀
    (There is going to be a post about it a.s.a.p.)

    1. Hi Hari,
      I can believe that, but do you know scones are so easy to make? I usually mix the dough in less than 5 minutes and within another 5 minutes I pop them into the oven and they are usually ready in leas than 15 minutes. You should try making them, one of these fine days. And they are best eaten warm with butter oozing on them or some whipped cream. Delicious!!!
      As you can see coconut is one of my favourite ingredients!!. Thanks so much and enjoy your weekend. I’m looking forward to mine!!!

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