As a coffee shop lover and Java Bean Cafe employee, scones have formed a soft spot in my heart (and stomach). However, today is my first adventure actually making them, so of course I picked a chocolate scone.
But before we dive into that, let’s take a moment to discuss. What is a scone? This is the question my grandpa asked in mock confusion. As I tried to provide my own definition “um. It’s sort of like a biscuit.. but sweet.. although they don’t have to be sweet. I like them sweet..” I realized I wasn’t sure either. Which brought about…
- Some people argue about where scones originated but it was probably Scotland
- Originally scones were a quick-bread made mostly out of oats (gross)
- Many believe that scones were named after the “Stone of Destiny” which is where Scottish Kings were crowned
- We can all thank Anna the Duchess of Bedford for their popularity. While we don’t know exactly how the conversation went, i’m guessing it’s something like this: “I don’t know. It’s like… I want something sweet, but I also want a biscuit. and maybe some fruit?” and her suitor at the time probably left the room in frustration.
After all of those fun facts, i’m sure you are just PUMPED to make your own. I know. Me too.
Two bowls. One lady. Let’s begin.
In bowl #1 aka Small Bowl, we’ll whisk together our milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
In bowl #2 aka Big Bowl, we’ll whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
I hate to break it to you, but that was the easy part. Now, we need to add the butter. Make it cold and get out your lemon zester.
It should look something like this, obviously the colder the butter the easier to shred. Now it’s time to add in your flavors. You can try lot’s of different options, I chose white chocolate chips because one chocolate flavor just wasn’t enough. Some people will tell you to add in nuts. They would be wrong.
Finally you can add in your wet ingredients from trusty Bowl #1.
Mix until well brought together. I finally gave up and used my hands, but that’s just the kind of girl I am.
I made mine into drop scones because molding is hard and who needs symmetry?
These will go into the oven for about 18 minutes at 375 degrees F.
Finally they will emerge and you will thank that Anna of Bedford because they are glorious. Some will try to call them cookies, but they would be wrong.
You can throw together a glaze to put on top but honestly, I simply dusted mine with loads of powdered sugar and grabbed a cup of coffee.
White Chip Chocolate Scones
2/3 cup cream or milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup cold butter
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
1. In a small bowl whisk together cream, egg, and vanilla extract.
2.In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
3.Carefully shred cold butter into large bowl and mix using pastry cutter or 2 forks.
4.Add in white chocolate chips.
5. Add in wet ingredients and mix until dough forms.
6.Drop spoonfuls of dough onto greased baking sheet, about 2 inches in diameter.
7. Bake for 18 minutes and sprinkle with powdered sugar.