Thursday, August 4, 2011

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chunk Scones

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Scone

Sometimes, despite the fact that you indulged in too many mimosas and the fact that the heat and humidity have kicked up to insane levels (for LA), you just want to bake a little something. I really needed to use up the cream leftover from baking more cupcakes for my birthday party and lucky for me, these scones take about 5 minutes to mix together. I've had them saved long enough so it was time to get to cooking. Grating the butter while it was frozen made it even easier and cut down on sweaty arm work to get the butter mixed in to the flour. The scones are fantastic with a slightly caramely flavor from the brown sugar and light and fluffy with chocolate chunks in every bite. These are definitely more dessert friendly scones so bake a batch up for a simple easy dinner party with a bit of vanilla ice cream.

Brown Sugar and Chocolate Chunk Scones

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chunk Scones
(Adapted from Evil Shenanigans)

Makes 8 scones
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup, packed, light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
6 tablespoons butter, frozen for at least 20 minutes and then grated
1 cup roughly chopped semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold heavy cream, plus extra for brushing
Turbinado sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add the butter and stir until the mixture looks like peas. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine well. Mix in the cream. Stir to combine. The mixture will be shaggy.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Form the dough into an 8-inch circle, about 1/2 inch thick. Cut the dough into eight equal pieces. Place the pieces on the baking sheet. Brush each piece with a bit of cream and sprinkle lightly with the turbinado sugar if desired.

Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes until the tops are lightly brown. Cool the scones in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

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vanillasugarblog said...

MmmmHmm. look at those crispy edges--best part!

Heather Christo said...

I love good scone, and these look delicious!

Kristen said...

I've been in the mood for scones lately! These look delicious

The Food Librarian said...

Delicious!! These look just lovely!

Shannon said...

oh, yes please! vanilla bean ice cream seems the perfect accompaniment, too :)

Anna A. said...

why is brown sugar so amazing?

Joanne said...

I almost constantly want to bake, so I totally understand. Brown sugar makes baked goods taste so warm and inviting! Love these.

Kaitlin With Honey said...

Whoa. I think I just drooled a little.

Erica said...

My goodness these look amazing. I am a huge scone fan and these look cooked to perfection

Georgia Pellegrini said...

I never seem to get scones quite right, these look divine. I'll have to give them a chance again!

Diana said...

Shaved frozen butter? Hello, genius! I think I might have to add these to the stockpile of scones I have in my freezer for sconemergencies. The end.

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Love the scones - they look addictive!!

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

yum! so your literally grate the butter? sounds brilliant i'm going to have to try this. nothing better than simple baking :)

susan said...

there is really nothing better than a homemade scone!

Joy said...

The scones look great.

Katie@Real Food Katie's Way said...

Just found your blog and I'm glad I did! I can't wait to go on a journey reading all of your amazing recipes!!