Kids in the Sink

Espresso Bean Scones + Our First Giveaway!!!

on April 19, 2012

Some days you need coffee in multiple forms. Yesterday was that day for us.  All four children had lost their ever-lovin’ minds.  There were God-forsaken flies in the house from the kids leaving the doors open.  No really, God forsook those flies. The infants were whiny.  The big kids were scream-y.  It. Was. NOT. Fun.

Then there were espresso bean scones.  And for a second, while the children were locked in the closet… oh wait, that was just a fantasy. While the children were entertaining each other nicely for two minutes, we enjoyed a creation that we had been thinking about for quite some time.  Did you know that if you type espresso bean scones into foodblogsearch or google, nothing comes up? Well, maybe now Kids in the Sink will come up because we made them!

These scones are super rich and delicious but there are a few quirks to them.  They’re actually better the second day, so we recommend making them the night before.  When we tried them the same day they were made, the crunch to the espresso beans is a little too much.  Then on day three or four, the espresso beans start to get chewy and that’s no good either.  So here’s the thing, make these and eat them on day two. The end.  Take them to a brunch or to your office to be enjoyed.

And now… the real reason you’ve made it here to our blog… OUR FIRST GIVEAWAY!!! Yeah, it’s exciting.  We’ve never done a giveaway before and as mentioned before, we don’t have much of a budget here, but we decided to see how this one goes over and maybe soon we will be able to give away fanciful things like KitchenAid Mixers and such! But today, one lucky reader (out of like 6) will win…. get ready for it… DRUMROLL PLEASE… a set of wooden spoons and a bench knife!

That’s random.  Why wooden spoons and a bench knife, you ask? We picked these things because they’re two of our favorite kitchen essentials. Wooden spoons are absolutely a necessity in any kitchen because they do everything from stirring doughs to becoming a make-shift oil thermometer.  And a bench knife isn’t super necessary but they sure are a lot of fun to use.  It’s also helpful when working with dough or lots of chopped vegetables.

All you have to do to enter into the drawing for this luxurious gift is leave a comment below telling us what your favorite small kitchen utensil is.

For extra entries, leave a separate comment for each below:

  1. Like us on Facebook and leave a comment below saying that you did so.
  2. Post a link to our giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment below saying that you did so.
  3. Pin this post to Pinterest and leave a comment below saying that you did so.

Giveaway ends Sunday, April 22, at 11:59 pm. A winner will be announced Tuesday, April 24. One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Ships to U.S. only. Good luck!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!

-Heather and Melissa

Espresso Bean Scones

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing
1 cup whole, dark chocolate-covered espresso beans (We got ours from Trader Joe’s)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking powder until well combined.
  3. With your fingertips, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture is coarse and pieces are no bigger than peas.
  4. Gently stir in the heavy cream and then, stir in the espresso beans.
  5. Drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet in 8 equal portions. Brush the tops with heavy cream and bake for 18-20 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Allow to come to room temperature and store in an airtight container.

Source: adapted from Annie’s Eats

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14 responses to “Espresso Bean Scones + Our First Giveaway!!!

  1. Tara says:

    I have done all three and now am posting in the correct place :):)

  2. Patricia Crowley says:

    I like you on facebook as Patricia Wojnar Crowley!

  3. Amanda Moak says:

    I liked your page on Facebook!

  4. Amanda Moak says:

    I posted a link to your giveaway on my Facebook page!

  5. Kristen says:

    I liked you on facebook!

  6. Kim P says:

    I’ve always liked you on Facebook! Haha and I posted a link to FB as well! These sound so yummy!

  7. Kim P says:

    Oh and my fav. Small kitchen utensil is the small paring knife…it’s great for cutting kids foods, fruit, you name it!

  8. bertille1914 says:

    My favorite utensil is my silicon spoons to clean out a bowl. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Lynda L Greene says:

    My fav utensil is the wire whisk

  10. Erin says:

    I would have to say my rubber spatula, I use it at least once every time I cook if not more!

  11. manda says:

    My favorite kitchen utensil are tongs! Great giveaway!

  12. Renee G says:

    I love my small paring knife. I use it for everything from chopping, slicing to peeling and dicing.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

  13. Nissa says:

    Do kitchen shears count as a utensil?

  14. Elena V says:

    I really like my egg slicer!

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