Chocolate Chip Scones

I’m just going to say it. I’m usually not a fan of scones. I think that there are a million better options for breakfast or a snack with your mid-day coffee than a scone. Blueberry Muffin – yes. Coffee cake – yes. Little Madeline Cookies – yes. Chocolate croissant – yes x10.

So it was a huge surprise to me this past week when I woke up one morning and was craving a scone. I thought that I was going a little crazy, to be honest. So I looked through my cookbooks to find something to bake for a breakfast/coffee snack to try and fulfill this strange desire for scones.

I ended up flagging a few pages including coffee cake, muffins, pancakes and the like, but I kept coming back to this chocolate chip scone recipe. There wasn’t even a picture in the book for it but I just had to make it, and if you know me at all…cookbooks with missing pictures is a big no-no.

As I was mixing together all of the ingredients, I was mentally preparing myself to not be satisfied by what I was making. I kept thinking hey, you don’t like scones – you’re probably not going to like these. But hey – my oven was working (it’s been on and off not working for the past few weeks – torture) so I knew I needed to take advantage of this opportunity to bake.

I decided to make mine a little bigger and cut it into 8 pieces, instead of 12.

But the stars must be aligned in favor of scones this month because these were goooood. So good that I am now kind of inspired to start making more scones…

What usually what bugged me about scones, aside from them just not being very alluring to begin with, is that they are generally dry and crumbly. These came out nothing like the scones that I have been eating (or not eating for that matter) at coffee shops. The best part is that these literally taste exactly like chocolate chip pancakes without the fork, knife, and messy syrup. (Now that I just wrote that, why on earth did I not put syrup on these guys! Guess I really do have to make them again)

I’m not saying that I’m going to go to Starbucks and order a scone any time soon, but I might consider baking my own and bringing it with to get coffee with friends. Now that, is a great idea.

Chocolate Chip Scones

30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 heaping cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar (large crystal sugar)

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fited with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add the butter and mix on low until the butter is broken up into pebble sized pieces, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chocolate chips. With the mixer on low, add 1 cup of cream and mix just until the dough comes together. Using your hands, knead the mixture in the bowl to bring the dough completely together.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press it into a 7inch round, about 3/4 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 12 wedges, like pieces of a pie.
  4. Place the cut pieces into the freezer for 15 minutes, or in the fridge for an hour. (If you can fit your baking sheet in your freezer/fridge, put it on there. If not, chill them on whatever will fit in your fridge)
  5. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 375ºF
  6. Brush the scones with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cream and sprinkle with your raw sugar. Bake the scones, rotating the sheet once, until they are golden on the edges and slightly firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Scones are best served the day they’re made, but they will keep for about 3 days. Pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds to rewarm them.

Notes

Recipe from The Craft of Baking

Enjoy!

 

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One Response to Chocolate Chip Scones

  1. Christin says:

    Coffee shop scones are the worst. Always dry and crumbly.
    Homemade scones, warm from the oven= delish!

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