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Friday, July 26, 2013

Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones

Nothing is better than chocolate and orange.  These scones are a great blend of these two flavors.
This is a nice basic scone recipe with the addition of chocolate and orange zest.
Start with 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
It smells so good.
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Sift it all together well.
Measure out 1/4 cup +2 Tablespoons of buttermilk.
Measure out 6 Tablespoons butter.  Make sure it is cold butter.
Cut into pieces to add to the flour mixture.  You could grate it if you like.
Using a pastry cutter, fork, or two knives cut the butter into the flour until it is well incorporated.
Add the buttermilk.
Separate an egg and save the yolk. Add to the mixture.
Add 3/4 cup chunks of dark chocolate.  I used dark chocolate chips.
Mix well and roll out of a lightly floured surface.  You can pat them out instead of rolling if you like.
I use a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to cut out my scones but if you want them in triangles you can do that as well.  It was a little warm on the day I made these so after I cut them out I put them in the fridge for a few minutes.
Now to fix your egg wash for the tops.  Start with 1 Tablespoon water.
One egg.
Whisk together. and then brush the tops of the scones with the mixture.
These scones have been brushed with the egg mixture.  Place in a preheated 425 oven.  Bake for about 10 minutes.  Since mine were cut smaller I didn't cook them as long.

Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones Recipes
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon orange zest
2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons butter
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup +2 Tablespoons buttermilk
3/4 cup chunks of dark chocolate

egg wash
1 egg
1Tablespoon water.

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