You know I’ve never met a scone I didn’t like, especially scones made with pineapple. These tropical pineapple scones are certainly no exception! The exotic flavour of pineapple along with hints of vanilla, almonds and lemon make this one of the best fruit scone recipe ideas out there. They are unusual and make a change from plain scones. Read on for tips for making scones and all the details for this recipe using crushed pineapple.
I experimented and came up with these scones made with pineapple when looking for an exciting recipe using crushed pineapple. I’m so glad I did because these came out really well. They have Hawaiian flair and conjure up an image in my mind of sunny days on the beach. If you love pineapple in everything from pina colada to pineapple peach smoothie, this recipe is for you.
Ingredients for Tropical Pineapple Scones
If you’ve made scones before, the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and butter should come as no surprise to you. These are standard scone ingredients.
Tips for making scones include not swapping the butter for margarine or omitting any of those staple ingredients. Use either all-purpose flour or pastry flour for these. You can also use half of each. This results in a lighter scone.
Crushed pineapple, or even pineapple chunks, along with vanilla are the only other things that go into the scone batter. Then you will need almonds and milk for the topping plus icing sugar and lemon juice for the glaze. I like using fresh lemon juice but you can use bottled if you want. So now you know what you need to make these tasty tropical pineapple scones.
Some Tips for Making Scones
It isn’t hard to combine the ingredients for this best fruit scone recipe but it matters how you do it. Once you have combined the dry ingredients you need to ‘cut in’ the butter. This basically means breaking large pieces of butter down until they’re smaller and coated in the dry ingredient mixture. The simplest way to do this is to use a pastry blender, but a pair of forks works too.
After that, you can work in the wet ingredients for these scones made with pineapple. Don’t over-mix the batter. Once everything is roughly combined it’s fine and you can cut out the tropical pineapple scones. You will get between six and eight scones depending on the size of biscuit cutter you have. Anything between two and three inches will work.
Use your preference of milk, Half & Half or cream to brush over the scone tops and then sprinkle on the nuts. This recipe using crushed pineapple also has a glaze. The glaze for these tropical pineapple scones is optional (but good!)
Arrange the scones not touching on the baking sheet for crisp sides or touching (cinnamon roll style) for soft sides.
How to Make Sure Scones Rise
One of the best tips for making scones is to use fresh baking powder. That means anything opened within a maximum of six months. Old baking powder might mean they don’t rise properly. Kneading the dough can also mean a lack of rising. You don’t need to knead this scone dough at all. Just make sure the ingredients are combined and you’re good to cut them out.
Something else to bear in mind is the colder the butter the better the rise! You can use either very cold butter or even frozen butter.
I like to chill these scones once I’ve cut them out while the oven is heating up. This will relax the gluten and cool the butter in the scones. Because of that, they will come out lighter and more flaky.
How to Make the Glaze
The glaze is a simple mixture of lemon juice and icing sugar (also known as powdered sugar or confectioner’s sugar). Pour it over the scones while they are still warm but not when they’re hot from the oven. For more sweetness, you can dust some extra icing sugar over the finished scones. But that is up to you. You might find this best fruit scone recipe sweet enough already.
Serving Ideas for Scones Made with Pineapple
This recipe using crushed pineapple goes with anything. A cup of tea, a glass of milk, fruit juice, a summer cocktail, or whatever is your preference works fine! They make a nice snack when you’re in the mood for tropical flavours.
I am definitely going to make these tropical pineapple scones again and I’m thinking of adding a little coconut extract (or even shredded coconut) to the mixture. I bet that would work really well. Pineapple and coconut are such a good pairing. Let me know how your tropical pineapple scones come out and if you love them as much as I do!
Fun Pineapple Facts:
- One pineapple plant can produce one pineapple at a time.
- Pineapples ripen faster upside down.
- It is said Christopher Columbus returned to Europe with pineapples.
- You can plant your own pineapple plant by cutting off the top of a pineapple and planting it in soil.
- Costa Rica and Brazil are evidently the top producers of pineapples.
If you are a fan of these tropical pineapple scones, you might also like this Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie, Coconut Pineapple Frozen Yogurt , Tropical Pineapple Mango Smoothie. or these Chocolate Coconut Magic Bars.
Tropical Pineapple Scones Recipe
Tropical Pineapple Scones
- 1/4 Cup almonds slices or chopped
- 2 Tbsp. milk or cream for brushing on top before baking
Lemon Glaze (Optional)
- 1 Cup icing sugar
- 3 Tbsp. lemon juice fresh (about from 1 lemon)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place parchment paper onto baking sheet and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 forks until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Make a well in center and then stir in the pineapple with liquid and vanilla. Blend until dry ingredients are just moistened and stick together.
- On a floured work surface, gently knead pat dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with floured 2 to 3 inch biscuit cutter (mine was 2.5"). Place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Brush the tops of scones with milk or cream. Sprinkle nuts over scones. Bake 12 to 15 minutes.
Lemon Glaze (Optional)
- Whisk the glaze ingredients together. Drizzle over slightly warm (not hot) scones.
- Dust with icing sugar when cool. (optional)
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you make these tropical pineapple scones! Don’t be afraid to tweak the recipe to try a different version. For instance, you could try to add in a bit of coconut to them. I think that would be delicious.