Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chocolate Chip Scones

These chocolate chip scones are a family favorite in our house.  I've probably made them 100 times and everyone still gets excited about them!  They are tender, fluffy, sweet, big, and delicious.  They are the perfect breakfast treat with a hot cup of tea.

Chocolate Chip Scones
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
5 1/2 T cold butter, cubed
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 t sugar - the large decorator-type if available
1 T buttermilk

Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add butter and cut with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse meal.  In the center add the beaten egg, buttermilk, and chocolate chips.  Stir mixture together with a fork until flour is incorporated, take care not to over mix.  Use hands to form dough into a ball and place onto a parchment-lined baking tray.  Form into a disc about 1 inch thick.  Use a large knife to cut into 6 wedges and then separate the wedges on the baking sheet to allow room for them to expand while baking.  Brush tops with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden.

Options:  You can make mini scones by separating dough into two discs and cutting each disc into 6 wedges.  You should get 12 mini scones.
Cranberries or currants also make terrific additions instead of chocolate chips.

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