Friday, January 13, 2012

chocolate chip scones

The cold weather this week seeped into my very bones. Craving something warm and slightly sweet to accompany a pot of mint green tea ... scones to the rescue.  Scones are wonderfully simple sweet treats.  I've served them for breakfast, tea & dessert.

They are easy to assemble and by the time your pot of tea is steeped you are in business.  Thanks to my helper, Miss Eva!  Her enthusiasm for tea time is an inspiration!  This recipe begs to be made unique with your favorite ingredients (dried cherries, pecans, pistachios, cranberries, etc.). I'll be making more with my boys and their cousins soon!

(Tried posting the directions a little differently this time!)

warm scones, strawberry jam, butter ... time for tea!
Chocolate Chip Scones
adapted from Smitten Kitchen

2 c flour
3 T sugar
1 T baking powder
1 t salt
5 T butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 c whipping cream
1/2 c mini chocolate chips (optional, can make plain or substitute dried fruit, diced small)


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

 Combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl.  Whisk to evenly distribute.

Cut the cold butter into small pieces.

Cut into the dry ingredients.  (You can use knives or a pastry cutter.)
Gently add 3/4 c + 2 T whipping cream and the chocolate chips just until the dry ingredients are wet.

 Put on a cutting board and pat into a 7" disk.  Brush with cream, sprinkle with a small bit of sugar if you like.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.  I rotate mine at the halfway point. Serve with jam, butter, whipping cream ... and if you like, a spot of tea.

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