Variations on a Scone (Part 3) – Kayak’s Café (Skinker-DeBaliviere, St. Louis)

Now for something completely different…

Apple Sage Scone

While I initially approached this scone with utter apprehension, it is with joy that I report of the fine victory that this odd concoction has achieved.  Once again retaining splendid crunch and soft inners, this scone holds a fine balance between the bitterness of the sizable green sage leaves within the scone and the granulated sugar on top of it.  The apple taste is mild but enjoyable.  It should be noted that this is not a perfect scone, as the crust could be even crunchier and the inside is a tad dry.

Still, overall, this is an exceptional scone. Both original and highly tasty!

8/10

-DANG

Variations on a Scone (Part 2) – Kayak’s Café (Skinker-DeBaliviere, St. Louis)

Blueberry Scone

If there is one thing that Kayak’s does well, it is make their scones exquisitely crunchy.  This is, perhaps, the single most critical element in determining the quality of a scone.  Hence, the crunchiness should never be overlooked.  The pleasant size remains, as does the soft inners.  It is quite pleasing to find full blueberry bits interspersed throughout and to taste a variety of flavors, including what may well be mild nutty undertones as well as a distinct taste of, what I believe to be, wheat.

A truly consistent scone.  Moreover, the lack of frosting makes this scone a far more sustainable, if slightly banal, adventure.

7/10

-DANG

Variations on a Scone (Part 1) – Kayak’s Café (Skinker-DeBaliviere, St. Louis)

Lemon Raspberry Scone (on the right)

Before reviewing this scone, two things should be made clear.  First, I ate the two scones reviewed in part 1 and 2 sequentially, beginning with the Lemon Raspberry scone.  This is simply an unacceptable methodology, as it skews the results, and, therefore, this approach will never be repeated from now on.  Second, I have a long history with these scones.  Hence, lofty expectations abound.  Let’s see how the first scone holds up.


The formula for this scone has clearly changed since I last enjoyed it mere months ago.  The glorious crunch of the outside remains, but it is quite literally inundated with sugar.  One cannot consume this much sugar regularly, diminishing my desire to return to this scone in the future.  Moving on, the scone is of tremendous size and the insides are exceptionally soft.  There are raspberry seeds interspersed, but the flavor is lacking.  One expects fruit chunks with scones, and it is impossible to ignore that there are none.

The sugariness of this scone turns each bite into a devilish guilty pleasure.  Yet, like all guilty pleasures, this scone is followed by serious regret.

6/10

– DANG