dark chocolate orange scones.

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like, perhaps, that my site got a crazy-good, unbelievably awesome makeover?

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so let’s get to it, shall we? let’s talk about scones.

true story: i’ve never met a single person who didn’t like a scone. and what’s not to like? they’re flaky and light, perfect delivery systems for butter and jam, and they pair perfectly with tea. in my book, scones are pretty damn charming.

when i came across joy the baker’s rendition of scones, studded with chunks of chocolate and orange peel, i immediately fell in love. chocolate and orange are two flavors that were made for each other. they’re like culinary bff’s.

can i just say how unbelievably delicious these scones are? they blew my mind. as soon as they came out of the oven, my fiance and i polished off half of them immediately. no joke. they’re addictive.

making scones is super-easy, too! all you really need to remember is to keep your ingredients, especially the butter very, very cold. that way, when the steam hits the scones in the oven, they get all flaky and puffed and golden. and who doesn’t like that?

dark chocolate orange scones.

special equipment necessary

rolling pin

2″ biscuit cutter, round or fluted (you could also just cut these into triangles or rectangles)

dark chocolate orange scones

adapted from joy the baker

yield: 15 small, two-inch scones

Ingredients:

1 1/2-1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for rolling out dough (you can substitute all-purpose flour)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling on tops prior to baking
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange liqueur (i like grand marnier)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or chopped dark chocolate)
heavy cream or half and half for brushing on tops prior to baking

Directions:

preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

line a baking sheet with parchment, set aside.

in a bowl, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

with your fingers, rub the orange zest into the sugar to release the essential oils. add to flour mixture.

add the very cold cubed butter to the flour mixture. using your fingertips, rub the flour and butter together until the butter is about the size of peas.

in another bowl, combine egg yolk, buttermilk, and orange liqueur, whisking to combine.

add the liquid to the flour mixture all at once, and stir just enough to create a very soft dough. add in the chocolate chips.

turn dough onto a generously floured surface, sprinkling more flour on top of the dough. knead about 10-15 times, adding more flour if the dough is too sticky.

using a floured rolling pin, roll dough out to 1-inch thickness.

if using a biscuit cutter, flour and cut out scones.

if cutting with a knife, flour and cut into squares or triangles.

place on baking sheet.

brush tops of scones with heavy cream or half and half, and sprinkle with sugar.

bake for 12-15 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.

serve immediately with butter and jam.

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4 Responses to “dark chocolate orange scones.”

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    Sam — February 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    love the new site – the scones – and YOU!

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