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Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- The first course for Teatime at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Baton Rouge includes, from left, clockwise, Lemon-Coconut Scones, Amish friendship bread and Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins. Mock Devonshire cream, lemon curd and strawberry jam accompany the breads.

Lemon-Coconut Scones

Makes 17 scones. Recipe is provided by Lin Falcon and the Women of the ELCA of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Baton Rouge.

1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

2 cups all-purpose flour

1?3 cup sugar

1 tbl. fresh lemon zest

21/2 tsps. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

4 tbls. cold salted butter, cut into pieces

3/4 cup plus 3 tlbs. cold heavy whipping cream, divided

1/2 tsp. lemon extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

3. In the work bowl of a food processor, pulse coconut until coarsely chopped. Spread coconut on a prepared baking sheet. Toast until light golden brown, approximately 5 minutes. Let cool.

4. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder and salt, whisking well. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add cooled coconut, stirring to combine. Set aside.

5. In a liquid measuring cup, combine 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream and lemon extract, stirring until blended. Add to flour mixture, stirring until mixture comes together. (If dough seems dry, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is uniformly moist.) Working gently, bring mixture together with hands until a dough forms.

6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 4 to 5 times. Using a rolling pin, roll dough to a 3/4-inch thickness. Using a 13/4-inch round cutter, cut 17 scones from dough, re-rolling scraps as necessary. Place scones 2 inches apart on remaining prepared baking sheet. Brush tops of scones with remaining 1 tablespoon cream.

7. Bake until edges of scones are golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean, 17 to 18 minutes.