Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chocolate Chip Scones

My husband said, "These taste like cookies!" which is always code for yummy. I was pleasantly pleased with this scone recipe. I have had scones at deli's and Starbucks before, but they are never this amazing! My husband and his mom (who was visiting a few weeks ago) absolutely loved these scones. His mom even asked for a few to take home with her!! I now want to make them with all different kinds of chips: white chocolate, peanut butter-chocolate, butterscotch. Although I don't like chocolate, I could have eaten the entire batch of these by myself. That is how delicious they really were. Just go make them .. asap. Don't forget that glass of milk, though. These go perfect with a nice, big glass of milk.

Chocolate Chip Scones
Adapted from: Annie's Eats, originally Hershey's
Makes: 6 scones

1½ cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup chocolate chips (6 oz)
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp butter, melted
additional sugar for sprinkling (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with grease or a silicone mat (highly recommend the silicone mat). In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and stir to mix well. Add in the chocolate chips and fully incorporate them into the mixture. Add the heavy cream to the mixture and mix until dough forms and the dry ingredients are just incorporated. I did this by hand instead of my stand mixer and it turned out phenomenal.
Knead dough very briefly with well floured hands on a clean surface. Scoop rounds onto baking sheet or roll a circle out of the dough about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into triangles (like you are cutting a pizza) and place dough pieces on the baking sheet. Brush lightly with melted butter and sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake 15-20 minutes, until edges are slightly browned and center is cooked (using toothpick method).
Note about freezing: Only bake the scones you wish to eat right away. The best way to enjoy these scones throughout the week is to freeze them. Once you have shaped the dough pieces, wrap them in plastic wrap and place in the freezer.
The morning you wish to have a scone for breakfast, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cook on the baking sheet and silicone mat for 20-23 minutes. No need to brush the butter and sugar on top. The frozen ones actually tasted better than the fresh so doing this will ensure a warm, fresh breakfast.

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