White Chocolate Chai Scones


I'm sad today. I don't feel funny at all. I feel numb. I lost a great family member yesterday. I loved her very much and I'm having a hard time with it. I want to tell you more about about my grandmother, but it's too difficult right now.

I will tell you though, and I know it is personal, but this blog is about cooking AND my life, and she was a big part of my life.

If I think too much, I get sad and want to cry, so I've been keeping myself busy. So I wanted to go ahead and post today to give me something to do.

I made White Chocolate Chai Scones, and these are very, very tasty. Once you start making scones, you can't stop I discovered. I still have one more scone recipe to post. I used the flavors of chai tea in this: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, and for a little extra kick, I used tonka bean.




Its flavor is reminiscent of vanilla, almond, cinnamon, and clove. It had been used as a vanilla substitute, but was banned in the United States, because it contains anticoagulant coumarin, which can be lethal in large doses.



I think that's a bunch of baloney. I want tonka beans! Unless you were taking blood-thinning medication, you would be fine. Luckily I had a nice Canadian friend send me one. I went outside to receive the package, glanced around, then smuggled it under my jacket and brought it inside the house.

Ha. Look at that - I just made a joke. So anyway, I grated some of the tonka bean into the other spices and made a chai scone. A little white chocolate glaze on top, and some cinnamon-sugar makes a mighty fine scone and a mighty fine breakfast.

Tootles.


White Chocolate Chai Scones

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon grated tonka bean (optional)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 large eggs, divided
2/3 cup sour cream
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted with a little shortening
Cinnamon-Sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a large cookie sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom and tonka bean; whisk in sugar until combined. Knead in butter, using fingertips, until incorporated, and small lumps form.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together 1 egg, sour cream and vanilla until well combined; add liquid to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pat dough into a 2-inch thick round on a floured surface; slice into 12 equal wedges, and transfer to cookie sheet. Whisk additional egg in a small bowl, and brush evenly on scones.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack; evenly brush with white chocolate and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.

Makes 12 scones


51 comments:

  1. oh I m so sorry for you! I ll pray for your grandma. These scones will surely make you fell better. They re delicious!

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  2. What a poignant post - I'm sorry for your loss and hope that your love of cooking will help you get through such a difficult time.

    It almost seems trivial to say that your scones look lovely.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your grandma Emily...your scones look lovely too.

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  4. Your grandmother sounds like a very special person who has touched your life immensely. On another note your scones incorporate one of my favourites.... Chai.

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  5. Sweetie, I'm so sorry. My Grandfather passed away 12 years ago and I still think about him every day. He meant so much to me. The pain is tempered by time, but memory and emotion grows ever deeper, developing into something so beautiful and pure, an unlikely aesthetic, sinking deeper into cellular memory every year. You will be alright, but it will take time. Just focus on your memories of her. Remember her laughter, voice, smile, and even smell. Remember even the tiniest of moments shared until they are so permanent in your recall. You'll be thankful in a few years as little bits and pieces that were once so vivid become less clear. Hold tight to those memories.

    Be well and if you need anything, I'm here for you, as are all your many many other friends whom care about you.

    Tiffany
    tiffanymr@gmail.com

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  6. Im so sorry for your loss. Im glad posting your delicious treats helps get you through this.

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  7. Emily, I'm keeping you and your family in my deepest thoughts and prayers - hang in there.

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  8. all grandmas go to heaven.
    bless your sweet heart. i bet you miss her tons.
    and i bet she would love these scones. xoxoxo

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  9. The tonka bean sounds really interesting and I might have to make a trip to Canada. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother.

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  10. Em,
    I'm so sorry about your grandmother. I'm sure she was incredibly proud of her amazingly talented granddaughter. How lucky you were to have had a grandmother to be so close to.

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  11. Emily, I'm so sorry :( My grandmother has been a big part of my love for baking too. Tonka beans? I have never heard of them!

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  12. So sorry to hear about your grandma, Em. I hope that you find comfort in the weeks to come in good memories of her. Sending you gentle hugs.

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  13. oh emily, my condolences! hang in there, and try to keep thinking about the things you never want to forget about her!
    lovely scones, obviously. chai rocks, and that tonka bean is a great touch.

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  14. Oh Emily,
    I am so sorry to hear about your grandma. Hope you are okay.

    Terrific idea of combining white choc and chai. Very clever indeed.

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  15. I'm so sorry for your loss! My thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time.

    On a side note though, your scones look great. I've never heard of this Tonka bean you speak of. How interesting.

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  16. I'm sorry about your grandmother Emily. I know what you mean about trying to keep yourself distracted so that you don't start crying. I like to cry in the car, because there's a finite amount of time you can do it, since you have an end destination where you won't want to cry anymore.

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  17. This looks great! Tonka beans huh. I want to try one now! What are the side effects if taken in high amounts?

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  18. I lost my Grandma in May and it was hard. Ia m sorry for your loss! She is in a better place with God!

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  19. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You & your family are in my thoughts. I can't wait to try these scones, in honor of your grandmother. Thanks for sharing the recipe, and take care of yourself.

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  20. I'm very sorry about your grandmother, Emily!
    ~ingrid

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  21. Sorry to hear about your grandma. Sending you and your family my best.

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  22. Oh hunny. I'm so sorry. I lost my Grandma (my favorite person in the entire world) a couple of years ago and I still cry when I think about her. I try to imagine her on a couch full of clouds watching soap operas (she was a bit obsessive about them) but I'm still very angry that she is gone.

    My thoughts will be with your family and you as you go through this week! *hugs*

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  23. So sorry about your grandma... I've lost my grandpa last December so I get you. I don't even feel like commenting the scones anymore, in all their deliciousness. Keep busy, keep remembering, keep baking amazing stuff! Ps- Love tonka beans!

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  24. I'm so sorry about your grandmother. My thoughts are definitely with you and your family. *hugs*

    In addition, anything with chai is fabulous ;)

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  25. sorry to hear about your loss emily - i look forward to hearing stories about her. i love grandma stories!

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  26. I love scones specially with a cup of coffee. First time I encountered of Chai scones but it sure looks yummy!!

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  27. so sorry to hear about your grandma! i'm sure she would love that you made these scones, hopefully they will make the day a bit better. my thoughts are with you and your family...

    thanks for the introduction to tonka beans;)

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  28. Praying for you and your family, sorry for your loss.

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  29. I'm very sorry to hear about your grandma. Your scones look like they turned out perfectly though.

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  30. Oh, Emily! I'm so sorry. That is so difficult. I'll be thinking about you and family.

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  31. I am so sorry for your loss. I heard Dr. Laura compare someone passing to the sun once. The sun is there everyday, even though sometimes we can't see it, we can always feel it. You may not be able to see your grandmother everyday, but she is still with you and you can still feel her presence.

    When I make these scones I will say a little prayer for you and your family.

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  32. So sorry to hear about your grandma, I hope you can feel her smiling down on you . . .

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  33. So sorry to hear about your grandma. I hope you hang in there.

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  34. Sorry to hear that you lost your Grandmother. We had a similar situation in May when Peggy lost her Dad, so we know what you are dealing with. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Take it one day at a time.

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  35. I'm sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family.

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  36. I hope you feel better soon, Emily. It's always tough losing a loved one, just give it some time and remember the happy memories.

    I had no idea that those beans were illegal. This has to be your first contraband sweet treat :)

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  37. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. I'm sure she was a very special lady, and very proud of her talented granddaughter!

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  38. So sorry to hear about your grandma! It's amazing that you can still write up a post, and even try and crack a joke with all this going on! I applaud you!!

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  39. You, your grandmother and your family will be in my prayers. Be strong and remember the happy times, keep alive her legacy, memories and essence... that way she'll never be gone. You'll carry her with you, that is comforting.
    It's good to keep occupied at the face of sorrows, blogging is a good, gratifying activity to busy the mind! These scones look delicious, I had never seen tonka bean in my life, but almond, cinnamon, clove and vanilla are delicious flavours!

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  40. So sorry about your grandmother.

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  41. I am sorry for your loss - I lost my grandma last month too so I know how you feel *hugs*

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  42. I'm so sorry Emily.
    I think I know how you are feeling right now. Keeping busy does help and baking is such a passion for you that it will help you get through it. I will keep your grandma, you and your family in my prayers. XO
    P.s. I really have to try making scones again. I think you nudged me into it... thanks!

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  43. Emily, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I know how hard it is to lose a Granny, especially the longer you've been around to love them. These scones look just delicious!

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  44. Once again, sorry to hear about your Gran. I have never tried tonka bean, although it is now the flavour of the month here because of Masterchef.

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  45. Once again, sorry about the loss of your Gran. I have never tried tonka bean, although it is flavour of the month here because of Masterchef.

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  46. Thank you everyone. All of your comments made me feel better. Thanks for stopping by.

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  47. I love scones! I made your cheddar biscuits, not cheddar scones as I told you. hehe Well, it was delicious on the same way.
    These look different of all that I've seen. Fantastic!

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  48. I'm so sad about your grandma. Mine passed away a couple years ago, and I still miss her. I have her picture on my refrigerator, smiling at me every day. And I think of her often. In some ways it feels like she's still here . . . I mourn with you and know you will miss her greatly. Grandmas are pretty special.

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  49. Em-
    Just catching up on posts now 'cause we've been away--I had no idea about your grandmother. I'm so sorry for your loss and hope that you are making it through this tough time.

    Lovely scones! How about those nice CDN bloggers, hey?!

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  50. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Grandmother. I hope the loving memories you have of her sustain you through the saddest days and bring joy to your heart always.

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