January 28, 2008

HOT COCOA AND PAPAYA-PECAN SCONES

Hot Cocoa with cream and Cinnamon, my own liquid comfort is my entry to Jai and Bee of "Jugalbandi" blog's "Click" event with a theme of "Liquid Comfort" this month. Enjoy and thanks for hosting JaiBee!:)

Hot Cocoa topped with Cream and Cinnamon:

Hot Cocoa

Camera: Sony Cybershot with 8.1 mega pixels in Macro mode.

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Papaya scones are my contribution to "A Fruit A Month", which is the brainchild of Maheswari of "Beyond the Usual" blog. Nags of "For the cook in me" is guest hosting this month for AFAM and her fruit of choice is "Papaya". Thanks for hosting Nags!:)


Finally!!! After all the running around the town here for Papaya, we visited a Vietnamese store in the next town last weekend and got 2 cans of Papaya! Canned Papayas taste nowhere near like the real ripe Papaya we used to gobble up in India regularly but I feel lucky to have these cans than nothing at all, beggars can't be choosers!!:D

Canned Papayas!
Fresh Papayas are low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Potassium and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Folate. But watch out for the high content of sugar!!! More info at WIKI.


Here they are, my Papaya scones. They are flavorful, not very sweet and makes a perfect breakfast warm or cold with any jam or just sprinkled with powdered sugar. Nuts are optional,gives it a little crunch. I can only imagine how wonderful and aromatic it would be to use the real fresh ripe Papayas in these scones! Use fresh if you can. I don't like any of my desserts too sweet, so these are perfect for me to have on their own with a cup of coffee!:)

Papaya-Pecan Scones:
Recipe for Scones is mostly adapted by Betty Crocker's baking book with my own addition and elimination, makes about 10 scones. You can any kind of chopped fruits and nuts of your choice for variation.



You need:
1 3/4 cup Plain flour,
1/3 cup packed brown sugar,
2 tsp Baking powder,
1/4 tsp salt,

1/3 cup firm unsalted butter or Margarine,(I used the butter),

1 Egg,
1/2 cup Half and half or cream,
1 cup chopped ripe Papaya,
1/4 cup finely chopped Pecans or Walnuts or any nuts.

To bake Scones:
Preheat oven to 400F.
1. Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking pd. Add cut up butter and mix with your fingers until they look like bread crumbs.
2. Add egg and cream beaten together and mix with a wooden spoon just until combined.
3. Stir in Papaya and nuts and mix gently until combined.
4. On a ungreased baking sheets, scoop 1/3 cup of mix and drop them 3" apart from each other. Put it in the oven and bake for 18 mins or until golden brown on top.Do not over bake.
5. Slide them on to a cooling rack gently and immediately and store in a air tight container when cooled for breakfast or light snack. Serve warm or at room temperature with jam or powdered sugar.

Enjoy!:))

54 comments:

Nags said...

yayyyy!! there is my post!! :) thank you so much! i knew i could count on you :) and scones are such a lovely idea too!!

Asha said...

PHEW!!! Glad I made it too Nags!!:D

Scones are wonderful for breakfast, enjoy!:))

Jyothsna said...

Scones look great Asha! So do the hush puppies!! I'll keep coming here when I can. RCI round up will happen soon! See ya! :)

Laavanya said...

You always come up with cool entries with these unusual for dessert fruits (papaya, lychee). Your click entry looks delicious too.

Asha said...

Hi J,thanks girl. Always take your time, not a problem. Visit FH too when you can.
I have two days in a week reserved to visit most of the the blogs and visit bloggers who say hi to me as soon as possible. In that way, I get to save some time too!:))

Thank you Laavanya, I try my best. Papaya was hard to find but made it at last just before the deadline!:D
Enjoy!:)

Meeta said...

What a delish pair Asha! Pumkpin scones are really an awesome idea! With that cocoa I am sure a match made in heaven!

TBC said...

The scones look lovely, Asha.:)

Siri said...

Wow, the scones look so inviting ashaji.. indeed a great choice for breakfast ( or brunch) - warm or cold..:) Great entry!

~ Siri

Asha said...

Thanks Meeta.It's Papaya but canned ones look nothing like the real Papaya!:D

Thanks Tbc, hope you try!:)

Siri, thanks girl. Wish I lived in Cary, I bet you get fresh Papaya there in Triangle market!:))

Mansi Desai said...

wow Asha!! papaya scones, now that's interesting:) would love to try that combo for my breakfast girl!!

Happy cook said...

Asha here it is really cold that hot coco would be a real warm welcome :-)
How come youcame up with papaya scone. It looks so good. Where is my brain when i was looking for a recipe for papaya .

Asha said...

Mansi, use the fresh Papaya if you can get your hands on it for Aroma and flavor and bake the scones. They are absolutely yummy. Canned Papaya is pathetic really!:D

Hahaha! F, I make mixed dry fruit scones often, have posted at FH too. Easy and great for breakfast, you just replace the dry fruit with any fruit, that's all. I used to cook with raw Papaya in India, I love it!:)
Try googling for Papaya recipes, you will get a few. You can make custard and top the fresh Papaya, there is an easy recipe for you!:)

Richa said...

papaya scones, wow, gotta' try it :)
for the longest time i had these blueberry scones at a certain(!)coffee shop, never ventured to make them though, time to try ;)

Asha said...

It's very easy to make Richa. You can add any dry or fresh fruits you like too. Hope you try!:)

musical said...

Prfect coffee time post, Ashakka! Hot cocoa and yummy scones! You have used papaya in such a delish way!

hugs,
musical.

Asha said...

Thank you Musie,they are perfect together and can make in a jiffy!:))
Haven't seen your post in a while girl, missing the punjabi food!:))

AnuSriram said...

Scones are new to me asha... Looks stempting..

Asha said...

Try it Anu, they are like very light and crispy biscuits!:))

Vanamala said...

Asha finely you got papaya eh!! :))

Beautiful new header... and lovely yummy hot cocoa and pecan scones

Kalai said...

Gorgeous, Ashakka! I actually had a similar idea (believe it or not), but wasn't able to find papaya anywhere at this time of year. Will try these when I can get my hands on some papayas or may substitute other fruits. I LOVE scones!! :)

Asha said...

I did Mala! Haha!!
I got Photoshop last month, still don't know how to perfect that but trying!:))

Kalai, I have been trying to get Papaya since last month, finally I found a canned one which just tastes like thin syrup, nothing like real Papaya!:D
Try it, it's easy to make.

Namratha said...

Hmm both look gr8 Asha, esp the Scones...the colour of the Papaya is lovely :)

I have this blog on my reader too now, somehow missed doing it sooner!!

Seema said...

Nice idea of incorporating them in scones - who else only u can think of such neat idea! Looks lovely - as usual :-)

Ti said...

papaya is good for people who had constipated though...

Meera said...

scones look beautiful. cocoa too looks really comforting!:-)

Sig said...

papaya scones, yummy! Nuts should never be optional in any baked food... :)

Hima said...

The Hot cocoa is looking awesome asha!! Great entry

easycrafts said...

Wow...u have come up with a beautiful dish for a difficult fruit like papaya..and the hot cocoa looks superb

Asha said...

Namratha, Seema and Ti thanks girls.

Ti, every fruit has it's own benefits and drawbacks. I used to eat a LOT of Papayas in India, two in a day sometimes!:D

Asha said...

Meera and Sig, thanks.

I agree Sig, nuts always give any dessert a crunch and makes it nutritious too!:))

Asha said...

Hima , EC enjoy the scones. Getting Papaya was a run around specially in a small town like our's but glad I made it at last!:))

Anonymous said...

delicious

shalini

Asha said...

Hi Shalini, how are you? Hope you bake these scones!!:)

Srivalli said...

Asha, both the entires look lovely..I am still waiting for hubby to get the papaya..:(..not sure if I will be able to send it...but you can always make it...thats unbelievable!..

lakshmi said...

hot cocoa no dark enough for me :D - it should be a deep deep brown - just melted chocolate with a spot (literally just a spot) of milk will do. :D

i am doing 3 miles everyday regularly - need to get to 5 miles :)

Dhanggit said...

oh my!! what a great idea!! i have never seen a scone as lovely as this..i will definitely put this on my to cook list..papayas in scones..hmmm that would be bringing the tropics on my table :-)

Asha said...

Sri, I don't think it's papaya season anywhere. I just got a can in Asian which doesn't taste anything like real Papaya at all. Hope you get it there, if you don't, don't worry about it!:)

Haha! Lakshmi,you chocolate lover!!!Dump some more Cocoa pd and bits of chocolate, you will be in Heaven!:))
Good for you. Increase the miles slowly. Even I am turning the knob up to make it difficult for me on stationary bike, hurts like Hell!;D

Hi D, hope you try. You can make in the morning too, takes about 45 mins to make it to fresh out of the oven!:)
Hope you read my MeMe you tagged me for, it's in the last post.

arunshanbhag.com said...

I love scones. They make a hearty snack. But I have been sticking to "whole wheat" scones.

Once our kitchen is back online, will try out this recipe with whole wheat.

One of our farm markets in the boston area (not a tropical paradise) does stock on some wonderful maradol papayas. Those are awesome and I just snack on them. M does not like them :-|| (so more for me!!!) So we will try this with fresh papayas!

Thanks for sharing.

PS, my favorite scones here are the cranberry, orange peel scones! :-))

Asha said...

Hi Arun, good to see you. Yeah, you can practically use any flour or fruits in these scones. Orange scones sounds wonderful!
How lucky to get fresh Papaya there. Sometimes I see Spanish ones here, half ripe, doesn't look good at all. Enjoy!:))

Maya said...

Asha, love both your posts here..Papaya scones sound really nice and unique...I love ur hot cocoa shot with the red background, looks totally cool!!!

Asha said...

Thanks Maya, sometimes I get a good shot with all the light and everything aligned. Hope you try Scones, very easy to make!:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I have only recently begun baking with persimmons, but I have never tried papaya. These scones sounds splendid, Asha. I will have to look for canned papaya. Thanks for the unique recipe!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Ashakka, your hot cocoa looks yummy!!!! Loved the pic. and those scones look yummy!! You made it finally... not bad!! neevu yaavataadru blog events miss maadiddu nenapideya nimge??!!? :) I truely appreciate your enthu...

Sagari said...

beautiful pic for click asha ji and using papaya in scones very new ,nice recipe

Seena said...

Oh,you too made it, Asha.:D
scones, are really nice idea..I din't make any thing yet,

Sia said...

i see someone was busy working with photoshop:) very good job done ashakka. its really good to see aroma flashing its new green header:)
i did visit your blog few days back but not sure if it was open for comments. so just went through the post and left:)
here we get loads of fresh papayas and that too with buy one get one deals. i love it fresh but i am not very fond of cooking it. i can't bear its stinky smell.
by the way, ur aroma blog doesn't show up in your blog profile.

Sia said...

and no wednesday post in FH!!!! u r sticking to ur new yr resolution:) good for you
hugs to u

Daily Meals said...

Hot cocoa picture looks very nice Asha! Papaya-pecan scones look delicious.

Asha said...

Susan thanks.Hope you try. Get fresh Papaya if you can,much better than canned ones!:)

Ramya, if I can't make it to some events, I always tell them in advance and I missed a few too. I used to feel guilty but not anymore!:D

Thank you Sagari. It was hard to find Papaya but made it somehow!:)

Asha said...

Thank you Seena. I love fresh Papaya, but canned one just tastes like sugar syrup soaked fruit. But better than nothing!:)

Sia, I am trying to create something with photo Shop, it is quite confusing though. Flickr won't let me stretch beyond what you see there. I will get it one day!;p
Comments are both open now. I will check the profile thing. Bee said she can't comment here for some reason, I checked the settings, looks fine.I will check everything again today. We are getting ready for the Super Bowl on Sunday, got to plan from tomorrow, busy busy!!:)

Thanks Vijaya, hope you try!:)

Kribha said...

I donno to do anything with papaya other than eating it just like that. Scones look so good. Looks so appetizing with that hot cocoa on the side. Sure can use that right now to ease me off my headache. great entry for the event.

Asha said...

Thanks Kribha. I like fresh Papaya to eat too, canned ones are not good at all!:)

so simple said...

Asha
They sound superb I am going to have to make them will let you know how they turn out. We can get fresh papaya so I will use that.
Cheers

Asha said...

Gilli, fresh Papaya is the best to use in this for flavor and texture, enjoy!:))