Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spiced Chocolate Scones

I love scones!
They are so delicious! Seriously, what could be better than warm, tender, moist sweet bread?
There are so many different flavors to choose and almost anything can be added to make a new flavor combo. In the fall there is nothing better than a nice pumpkin scone and a hot cup of cocoa! I have a nice stash of Mexican chocolate in my cupboard, I keep it around so it's always there when I need a little pick-me-up! The wonderful smell of the spices filling the house and the creamy chocolate flavor always brightens my day!
Here is one of my favorite scone recipes from here. It's an easy base recipe that can modified any way you like.

Spiced Chocolate Scones

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 stick butter, cut up into 8 pieces

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (use 1/3 for slightly sweeter scones)

  • 2/3 cup milk

  • 3 ounces Mexican chocolate (I prefer Ibarra when I can find it)

  • Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 425°.
    2. Take 1 whole disk of chocolate and cut it along the lines into at least 4 wedges.
    3. Place the chocolate pieces into a food processor and pulse several times until most of the chocolate is a fine powder. There will be large chunks! Sift the chocolate and leave the powder in a bowl, set aside. Place the large pieces into the milk and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir the warmed milk until the chocolate begins to melt and blends with the milk. Set aside.
    4. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder into the food processor.. Add the butter to flour mixture and blend until the mixture turns to fine crumbs.
    5. Add in sugar and chocolate powder, mix well. Next, pour in the milk and blend until the mixture forms a soft dough ball. 
    6. Lightly dust your counter with flour. Shape dough into a rectangle about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
    7. Cut the dough into 8-10 scones, and space them out on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
    8. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown on bottom.
    They are absolutely delicious at this point, but if you like them a little sweeter and prettier, you can do what I do and drizzle on some glaze :)

    Simple Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2-1 cup powdered sugar

  • Cinnamon Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2-1 cup powdered sugar

  • Whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth and drizzle over the cooled scones.

    Hope you try these, they are yummy!

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