From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I've just finished baking a triple batch of these scones to send to a meeting that I can't attend tomorrow. I thought they'd be perfect with morning coffee or tea and, hopefully, the scones will make up for my absence and keep my reputation intact. I found the recipe for them on the Joy of Baking website which is a must visit site for all who love to bake. The recipes to be found here never disappoint and there is a wealth of information that will improve the skills of novice and seasoned bakers alike.This is a simple, straight forward recipe and the scones are very easy to make. You'll have marvelous results if you keep your ingredients cold, use the best chocolate available to you and avoid over-working the dough. I do hope you'll give this recipe a try. Here is how the scones are made.
Chocolate Chip Scones...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Joy of Baking
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chunks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 to 3/4 cup buttermilk
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place rack in middle of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut butter into small pieces and blend into flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. (The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.) Stir in chocolate chunks. In a small measuring cup whisk together buttermilk and vanilla extract and then add to flour mixture. Stir just until dough comes together (add more buttermilk or flour as necessary). Do not over mix dough.
3) Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches and about 1-1/2 inches thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 4 pie-shaped wedges. Place scones on baking sheet. Brush tops of scones with a little milk.
4) Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in middle of scones comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Yield: 8 scones.
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