I am up at 5AM right now writing this blog on a caffeine high. I totally had a lapse in responsibility last night because I was just too, too tired. To get the early 7AM flight out of New York, you really have to get up at like 4:30 AM. Um, for those of you who are feeling slow this morning, that’s 1:30 on my Seattle Body clock, and that is just wrong in every way. To add insult to injury, Pete and I went out to dinner on Wednesday night with a friend and we were celebrating all kinds of fun stuff and I totally drank too, too much.
So lets recap. Pretty much, I got kind of drunk, and then I had to get up at 4:30 in the morning. And now I am going to reveal the fact that I am not the greatest traveler anyways. Efficient and well practiced yes!! But I don’t think I have ever told you about how I am car sick, plane sick, pretty much I can’t go on any moving thing at all. (I jumped on a giant trampoline this summer in whistler and I was sick for the rest of the day). I also am a little hypoglycemic- like I start to gag if I have too much of an empty stomach. How did my husband get so lucky?! So basically I was a real piece of work on the way to the airport.
Oh, and in order to just lie there and “doze” (aka: feel sorry for myself) for an extra 15 minutes yesterday morning, I decided that I totally didn’t need a stich of makeup or anything. Just a bun and my new cute sparkle flats I got (they are on instagram). When I saw my reflection in security, I saw how very, very , very wrong that descision was by the way. But who cares- it’s not like I was going to see anyone I knew? Right?
I then proceed to watch two movies on the plane. The second if which was “Marley and Me.” Oh. My. God. I usually avoid any type of animal movies, because I just know they will make me cry. Well, I am not sure what made me fall off the wagon on the airplane, but I basically caused a scene with my uncontrollable crying. Pete kept reaching over what I thought was a reassuring hand squeeze and a pat, pat on my leg. I now realize he was probably like so embarrassed. But have you seen that movie??! Then I turned off the airline digiplayer and saw my swollen, bloated, blotchy red face in the reflection as we landed. Oh good god- it was really bad. Like my mom or sister would have been real with me, like “don’t you have any coverup in your bag?!”, but my sweet husband, was like “oh honey, you look beautiful”. Then when we were standing there, trapped by the closed door, waiting to exit the plane, I had what should have been a really fun and kind of humbling moment. I was a little bit loudly recognized as having been on tv. So then everyone turned and stared at me. Oh jeez. I smiled as big as I could. #1, because it was a genuinely nicely meant comment. #2, I thought that maybe my huge grin and crinkled eyes would take up some of the red blotchy real estate happening on my face. At least the very nice flight attendant smiled sympathetically at me after everyone studied me. Good times. At least I was wearing my cute new shoes.
My biggest take away from this: don’t watch crying movies on the plane. Nothing good can come of it. And apologies for the rant, I had to get that off my chest.
And now for a recipe that will perfectly soothe my nerves for the weekend and delight my children with morning sugar: Almond Joy Scones. They have a day off school (already!) and I have promised Pia and Coco that we shall have a batch of these this morning and a “My Little Pony” marathon. My idea of a perfect morning.
Crunchy almonds, sweet coconut and obviously a naughty little bit of chocolate. The perfect breakfast or brunch item, or my favorite- as a late afternoon snack with my 5th cup of coffee for the day.
This is how you make these Almond Joy Scones:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coconut. Pulse until it is well combined. Add in the cold butter and pulse until you have a fine crumb. In a small bowl, combine the heavy cream, almond extract and the egg and whisk together with a fork. Add the liquid and pulse again until you have a sticky dough.
Transfer the dough to a plate and mix in the chocolate chunks and almonds by hand.
Drop the dough by rounded spoonful onto the prepared pan. (I got 12 small out of the dough, but you could do 8 large scones).
Bake the scones at 400 for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops are golden.While the scones are baking, melt the chocolate and whisk until smooth with a fork.
When you pull the scones out let them cool for a few minutes, then drizzle the chocolate over the scones. Let them set up for a few minutes and then serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe: Almond Joy Scones
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups shredded sweetened coconut
- 8 tablespoons cold butter
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon almond extract
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper.
- 2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coconut. Pulse until it is well combined.
- 3. Add in the cold butter and pulse until you have a fine crumb.
- 4. In a small bowl, combine the heavy cream, almond extract and the egg and whisk together with a fork.
- Add the liquid and pulse again until you have a sticky dough.
- 5. Transfer the dough to a plate and mix in the chocolate chunks and almonds by hand.
- 6. Drop the dough by rounded spoonful onto the prepared pan. (I got 12 small out of the dough, but you could do 8 large scones).
- 7. Bake the scones at 400 for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops are golden.
- 8. While the scones are baking, melt the chocolate and whisk until smooth with a fork.
- 9. When you pull the scones out let them cool for a few minutes, then drizzle the chocolate over the scones. Let them set up for a few minutes and then serve warm or at room temperature.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 14 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12
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I think these need to happen in our kitchen this weekend!
Wow! These look soooooo good! One (or two) of these would totally make my day better! 🙂
These are just too fun! Love them Heather!
These look amazing! I love the chocolate drizzle! Now got take a nap! 🙂
I can not not not watch Marly and Me – because I ugly cry all over the place! And then I want to hug Huck and never let that darn mutt go. He totally loves it when that happens…NOT.
Also – Almond Joy is and always will be my Numero Uno favorite candy, so you just officially made my day. Have fun in NYC!
yeah- DO NOT do it Megan!! Thanks so much!
Perfect! Have to try them!
oh man, these sound just lovely!! jetlag is such a B isn’t it?? hope you have a safe flight back to PNW!
Oh my gosh, Heather. What a real moment!! Traveling sucks…I’d hate to get recognized after all that…Still, that was a great read…
thanks Aimee :)lol!
How long do u cook them if you make 8 large, 14 minutes? Thx. I read somewhere that scones may seem like they’re not done, but they will set as they cool. Is that true? Mine are only a little golden brown on the top and they spread a little…like cookies. This is my first time making scones. I use my kitchenaid to mix and maybe I should have chiiled the dough.
14 minutes should be good. Gluten free flour does not always brown up like traditional flour, so they will seem soft, but they are cooked! I make mine with more liquid because i like them tender- with more flour they will be thicker- but dense and kind of dry.
1: I freaking love you. that was the best story ever!
2: I want a whole batch of these scones in my face immediately!
Thanks Gaby- I knew you would enjoy it 🙂
You are awesome!! I love your honesty and authentic openness! And not to mention all the incredible deliciousness! Visiting your blog is my favourite way to start the day 🙂 xo
OMG Taylor. That just made my day. Thank you so, so much 🙂
Almond joys for breakfast….sign me up, these look amazing, Heather!
I tele-worked today because the plumbers were coming today to fix a toilet. I put on make-up anyway. THIS is why. Thank you for the laugh!
And I’m with you — no sad animal movies EVER. Can’t handle them, PERIOD.
Smart woman Michelle!!!
Brilliant scones, love the chocolate drizzle!
These scones look so delicious! I can’t wait to try them!
These sound divine…and easy; that’s the best part!
Heather, I know how it feels to suffer from travel sickness. I measure my flights by the number of tablets I take. From Australia it is 4 to Hong Kong, 3-4 to Singapore, even 1 to Sydney or Melbourne. Since I am only supposed to take 4 a day it means stopping overnight but what great places to shop. I feel sorry for anyone who suffers. Imagine cruising!!!
What a hoot!!! You are so funny! And gracious to boot. You could have been perfectly made up and a real snot but instead, friendly which is what they will remember. I have never watched that movie for exactly the reason you gave and have no intention of ever seeing it. These scones sound divine.
looks like I need to made this like now.
I love almond joy and this is totally a winning recipe. Pinning.
These scones look like exactly what I need right now!
Oh my goodness, that was the funniest post! Sounds completely like something I would experience. Pretty much two glasses of wine are enough to possibly give me a headache, I’m not a morning person (let alone a 4:30 am morning person), I definitely need make up to look alright, I definitely balled my eyes out during watching Marley and Me in the theatre a few years ago (My mother and sister-in-law wanted to see a fun movie, and when I said I thought it seemed like a bit of a sad one, they said naaah, let’s go see it… Annnd we all had swollen eyes the next day along with the “crying headache” right afterwards). I also, btw, feel sick if I don’t eat on a regular basis, and turn into a bit of a “stalker for food… i.e. Must. Get. Food. Now.” Anyways, I feel your pain, and it’s been a while since you posted (I am SO far behind), and hope you are feeling much, much better. At any rate, you are so beautiful, you would still look amazing through all that. I, on the other hand, would not. xo
I’ve made these scones countless times by the recipe. Great with a morning cup of coffee. Some of my favorite flavors all in one….chocolate, almond, coconut.