Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chocolate chips and dates scones - Bake Along #27

It's time for the next recipe at  Bake Along hosted by Lena, Joyce and Zoe.  It's their  #27 recipe and it is all about scones. I have only ever made scones a couple of times as my kids are not into them..they said scones are too dense and heavy, not their kind of cakes, not that they eat a lot of cakes too! Oh well,  this Bake Along gave me the excuse to bake some for myself to enjoy (ok, I'll share a bit just to spread the calories around:D)  I adapted the recipe from Joy of Baking . I baked only half the recipe and added dates instead of cherries. Oh, and I also added some macadamia nuts, about 40 gm and the scones turned out fabulously delicious!

 The recipe said to bake for 15 to 20 minutes but they were still pretty fair so I baked them for another 10 minutes. Guess that's too long huh, the tips were a bit too browned.
 Now for the recipe:

130 grams all purpose flour
25 grams granulated white sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
60 grams unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
45 grams milk or semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks
40 grams dried cherries or cranberries (I substituted with dates)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
80ml - 90 ml buttermilk


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and place rack in middle of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. (The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.)  Stir in the chocolate chunks (or chips) and dried cherries. In a small measuring cup whisk together the buttermilk and vanilla extract and then add to the flour mixture. Stir just until the dough comes together (add more buttermilk or flour as necessary). Do not over mix the dough.

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 (18 cm) round and about 11/2 inches (3.75 cm) thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 4 pie-shaped wedges (triangles). Place the scones on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the scones with a little milk.  (Mine is about 5 inches round and about 1 inch thick)

Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. (I baked mine for about 30 minutes.)

Makes 8 scones.

Now let's hop over to see the rest of the bloggers' scones.


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