The other day at lunch a coworker mentioned that he had been gifted a bunch of passionfruit, and that he didn't know what to do with them. I practically fell out of my chair as I struggled to contain myself. "I'll take them. I'm sure I can find something to do with passionfruit." I said, practically shouting. I was bursting with excitement at the thought of a new baking related challenge and my thoughts turned immediately to all things passionfruit.
I've never baked with passionfruit before. In fact, I've never even eaten passionfruit before. I didn't even know it was a real fruit. I thought it was something you grew in your garden in the Sims games. But obviously I eventually figured out they were real, and I spent the evening after work trying to come up with an idea for how I could use them.
When I got to work the next day, my coworker handed me the exotic fruit. They smelled.... not great. I was worried. But I came up with the idea of using the passionfruit to make a jam or a jelly, which I could put on top of breakfast biscuit.
Well that was the original idea anyway. It eventually morphed into scones. Coconut scones topped with a passionfruit curd jam. A curd jam is is same as a jelly or a jam, except it has butter and eggs in it. This means it won't last as long and that you have to keep it in the fridge. And when I cut open the passionfruit my whole kitchen filled up with the sweet and tangy smell. I thought combining the tropical flavors of the coconut and the passionfruit would be a cheap way to transport myself to a beach vacation. And I was right.
The scones are simple, light and fluffy with a sweet hint of coconut. They're topped with coconut sugar and they're good even on their own.
And then BAM you top them with that tart, sweet passionfruit curd. Which is even better!! I'm loving the bright yellow color contrasted with the black seeds. By the way those seeds spent enough time in the heat that they ended up soft, not crunchy like when you eat them from the fruit.
SO VIBRANT. CAN'T STAND IT.
This is just a casual breakfast scene in my tiny apartment. It always looks this clean and this table is always clear of mail and random pens. Yeah. For sure. That's the truth.
You can make these for a cute breakfast or a tea party or whatever. They're easy and the curd jam looks super impressive. Everyone is gonna think you're so cool and exotic.
Those hydrangeas totally steal the show, right? They're from the LA flower market and you can read about my trip there here.
Coconut scone recipe ever so slightly adapted from the food network.