Sunday, July 10, 2011

Chocolate Chip & Walnut Scones

Soooo.... if I call it a scone and eat it with my breakfast then I can pretend like I'm not eating chocolate chip cookies for breakfast, right?  Hehe... 

I made these for the hubs because he's a chocoholic and a fruitaphobic.  ;-)  We both love scones, but I've always been too intimidated to make them.  I found this recipe on All Recipes and thought it looked simple enough to try.  It had great reviews as well so what was there to lose?

No weird ingredients and no kitchen gadgets are required.  Given last nights terrifying encounter with the mixer (always make sure your mixer is in the off position before inserting the beaters), I was thrilled to make a recipe that didn't require any form of machinery.  So were my fingers...
: /

Anyhoo, these scones are moist, tender and lightly sweetened.  I changed this to a chocolate chip and walnut scone, but if you view the original recipe, you will find all kinds of fruity variations.  I can't wait to try the lemon-blueberry version! 

Enjoy these with a cup of coffee and fresh fruit!   

Recipe
2 c all purpose flour
1/3 c sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 c mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/3 c sour cream
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp sugar
  1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Grate butter into bowl.  Using hands, work butter into flour mixture.  It should look like coarse meal once combined.  Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  3. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, egg and vanilla.  With a fork mix wet ingredients into flour mixture until it is well incorporated and large chunks start to form.  Use your hands to work it into a ball.  
  4. Lay ball on a lightly floured surface and pat into an 8 inch circle.  Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.  Cut into 8 wedges and put on cookie sheet.  Bake 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned.
Source: Adapted from AllRecipes



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