Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Cappuccino Walnut Scones

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cappuccino Walnut Scones

I am not a coffee drinker. Never have, and probably never will be.

But, I do love the smell of coffee, walking into a Starbucks or little coffee joint, yes, I do love that smell. Not sure why I don't like the taste? I bet, if I doctored it all up, you know, with cream, sugar, etc., I might like it, but I'd rather take in my calories with food.


Like these scones. I got the recipe from the book I'm reading right now, The Baker's Apprentice. Great read, I high recommend it, along with the prequel before it. I substituted walnuts for the hazelnuts (which I didn't have on hand) and instant cappuccino powder instead of the instant espresso powder (which I also didn't have on hand).

I'm testing these scones out at the farmer's market today. If they are a hit, they'll be back, and maybe some other versions too. I'm thinking blueberry? Or chocolate chip?


Cappuccino Walnut Scones
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. cinnamon
6 T. butter, very cold, cut into small cubes or shredded frozen with grater
3/4 c. walnuts
2 T. instant cappuccino powder (I used french vanilla)
3/4 c. heavy cream
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Additional cream and sugar for glaze


Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the first five ingredients. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork until pieces are about pea size. Add the walnuts and toss to combine.

In a small bowl, stir the cappuccino powder into the cream until dissolved, add egg just to blend. Add to the flour mixture and stir with a large fork, until just barely combined. Finish by kneading gently with your hands until all dry ingredients are absorbed and the dough can be gathered into a moist ball. Do not over knead.

Set the ball in the center of the baking sheet and pat gently into a round circle, around 1 1/2 in. thick and 7 in. in diameter. With a sharp knife, cut into 8 wedges and gently separate. Brush with cream and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 18-22 minutes until scones are a deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack.
*These can be frozen, unbaked, and baked without thawing; just allow 5-10 extra minutes of baking time.

I know it sounds like a lot of directions, but trust me, they are easy and come together quickly. I can't wait to try one, as they look delicious!

Have a great hump day everyone!

29 comments:

  1. Same here! I love all things coffee, except actual coffee. These sound so good.

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  2. I love, love, love coffee.

    These scones look amazing! I wish I was at your farmer's market, I'd definitely be taking some home!!

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  3. I've always loved the smell of coffee! But it wasn't until college that I started drinking it. I'd start by mixing it with hot chocolate and over the years I've grown to love it with just a bit of cream and sweetener.

    These scones look great! And thanks for the book recommendation. :)

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  4. Mmmm Mmmmm Mmmmmm.....
    These sound and look so yummy!
    I will have to check out those books!

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  5. scones are so fun to make and look so cute. i love love love the smell of coffee!

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  6. Lovely scones with the flavour of coffee and cinnamon, i'll be happy to have this for our tea time.

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  7. I hope they sell today - they look amazing! :D

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  8. Good luck at the market!

    I was the same way, loved the smell of coffee, but never liked it. Then last year, I tried it again and now I love it! I went 41 years without a cup and now I have one every day!

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  9. I loooove coffee! It must be nice not to have the addiction ;)

    So glad you liked those books. I actually did the cranberry scones out of one of them... I think it was that one... They were incredible! :)

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  10. You gotta read Cooking for Mr. Latte next!

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  11. Oh yum! I love scones. But I must say, I enjoy them most with a nice cup of coffee :).

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  12. these sound tasty...maybe instead of nuts use choc. chips?

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  13. Ooooh... these sound delicious!!

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  14. GREAT!!! recipe for scones and I like all the nuts.
    Geri

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  15. I don't drink much coffee either, but I also like the smell and the taste in buns/cakes etc. :)

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  16. I don't drink much coffee either, but I also like the smell and the taste in buns/cakes etc. :)

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  17. Those scones do sounds delish. You'll have to let us know how they do at the market!

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  18. These sound so good! I add so much creamer to my coffee that my husband claims it's not even coffee anymore! I love that you used instant cappuccino powder, instead of instant coffee.

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  19. I'm the same way - love love love the smell of coffee, but not a huge fan. I much prefer tea - but that's ok b/c scones go w/ tea too!

    Yours look/sound delicious! Good luck selling them at the market! Thanks for sharing w/ Friday Firsts too!

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  20. I've had an urge to make scones lately! And I love anything involving coffee. You should feel lucky you're not one of its many addicts! xxSAS

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  21. I've had an urge to make scones lately! And I love anything involving coffee. You should feel lucky you're not one of its many addicts! xxSAS

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  22. I loooove coffee! It must be nice not to have the addiction ;)

    So glad you liked those books. I actually did the cranberry scones out of one of them... I think it was that one... They were incredible! :)

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  23. I hope they sell today - they look amazing! :D

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  24. scones are so fun to make and look so cute. i love love love the smell of coffee!

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  25. I've always loved the smell of coffee! But it wasn't until college that I started drinking it. I'd start by mixing it with hot chocolate and over the years I've grown to love it with just a bit of cream and sweetener.

    These scones look great! And thanks for the book recommendation. :)

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  26. Same here! I love all things coffee, except actual coffee. These sound so good.

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  27. GREAT!!! recipe for scones and I like all the nuts.
    Geri

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  28. Oh yum! I love scones. But I must say, I enjoy them most with a nice cup of coffee :).

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