Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Chunky Chocolate Chip Scones & Happy Easter!

Folks, my kitchen will be closed over Easter.

As Tom and I head off to our little Easter break and Soeren will be over at his grandparents, I leave you with these completely delicious, scrumptious and utterly luscious scones. They are jam packed to the rim with huge chocolate chunks. Made with buttermilk they are a dream to bite into.

Whatever you do over Easter, I do wish you happy egg hunting, joyous family moments and delectable meals. Enjoy the break and I'll see you on the other side with a few pictures of our break!

Happy Easter!




Ingredients:
280g all purpose flour
50g white sugar
115g butter - straight out of the refrigerator and cut into cubes
90g chocolate - cut in chunks
160 ml buttermilk
11/4 baking powder
1/4 baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

1 egg - beaten
1 tablespoon milk

50g sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Icing sugar




Method:

Preheat oven to 200 °C.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Add the butter cubes and mix with your hands until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Mix in the chocolate chunks.

Add the vanilla extract to the buttermilk and pour this mixture into the flour mixture. Knead into a soft dough. I get the best results when I do this with my hands.

On a lightly floured surface knead the dough a few times further. With your hands pat the dough into a circular shape. Not too flat and not too large. Cut the dough into wedges as if you were cutting a cake.

Place the scone wedges on a baking tray.

Beat the egg and the milk together to make an egg wash. Brush this on top of the scones. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle this over the top of the scones.

Bake the scones for 15 minutes until golden brown. Take out of the oven and shift with icing sugar. Allow to cool.

Enjoy with cream, clotted cream or just plain.



Verdict:
"YUMMY MUMMY!" Was what Soeren said when we were done with baking. Both of us spent a rainy Tuesday afternoon baking these scones. He kept peaking into the oven and the 15 minutes seemed like hours. I was asked at least 43 times "Are they done yet?" As I finally took them out of the oven we could not wait to get our hands on them. I blew one until it had cooled down and was not too hot to handle!

Our eyes gleamed as we both bit into the scone. I really had to guard these from Soeri and resist my own tempting hands from polishing the whole batch! But they were really fantastic. When Tom came home he smelled the great aroma of baking and of course jumped on them. Soeren took two in his lunch box today and Tom also got a few to nibble on at the Uni.

Yes, I too ate two with a cup of coffee today. Thank you Jessica for the recipe ... all the way from Perth, Australia.

Here is also Nandita's of Saffron Trail verdict to this recipe.

PS. I recently took part in My Dhaba's cooking competition. My entries were Spinach Soup with Coconut Milk and Chicken and Italian Oven Vegetables. From April 11 through to April 20, the public opinion poll starts.
Maybe you'll find some time to check it out and nominate me as your favorite. I am counting on you! Details to vote can be found here.

14 comments :

  1. I am not sure if I have been here before. Love you write up and pics, esp. the one with the coconut.

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  2. i am going to try these this weekend! if i haven't mentioned it before - i especially like that you have a 'verdict' section for nearly every post.

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  3. Gini,
    Does not matter if you were here previously or not. Hope to see you here more often in the future ;-)

    Payal, thank you for your comment and let me know how they turned out.

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  4. Oh Meeta, those look and sound great, I'm really hungry now
    :-)

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  5. Hi,
    I've found you here:
    http://www.blogtopsites.com
    Just want to say how much I like your site !
    danke ;)

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  6. Hey Meeta,
    Am probably reading your blog for the first time around- this scone recipe is simply amazing- I generally avoid using refined flours, but guess this treat is worth it, especially for special occasions. Shall surely love to try it out..
    Your other recipes are wonderful as well, and I like your style of taking pictures of ingredients in a very artistic manner and then the completed dish-- Great blog there- am going to be a regular visitor here
    Cheers
    Nandita

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  7. Hi Nandita,

    Nice to have you here and thank you for the compliment. It keeps me motivated ;-) When I first started the blog I really had no concept. Just posted recipes and pictures without really thinking of it. I think as time went on I found my concept and a new hobby FOODOGRAPHY. I appreciate you taking time to comment and it means a lot.

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  8. Hello Meeta,
    Just found your blog few days ago and straight saved it in my Blogging folder :).

    I like the way you make pictures of your food. You really have a talent in fotography. By seeing your picture, it makes me want to try your recipes. I'm sure it tastes delicious :)

    Anyway, I just want to say "Hi". Keep up the good work!

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  9. Hi Sheila,

    Thank you so much and I am honored to take a place in your blogging folder. I appreciate your motivation and hope to see you around here again.

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  10. Meeta- I just tried your scones last night- tried as in baked, very aromatic and tasted even better-even though i mistook the baking time to be 25 min- Sent them to hubby's office and everyone loved it- it's the first post from the top on my blog
    Wanted to thank you for the lovely recipe- I shall sure make it again

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  11. BTW have added your link to my page!

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  12. Hi there Nandita,

    I am glad you liked them. They really are delish aren't they! The best thing I like though is seeing how the recipe travels from Germany to India. We should get some kind of "Tag the recipe" game. One recipe passed on and each must make a slight change to it. That would be cool! Hope to see you back!

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  13. Hi Meeta,
    So I made these over the weekend and they certainly were delish! After converting the measurements, I realized that I was missing the chocolate! So dear hubby went out and brought back dark chocolate bars (my favorite b/c not too sweet). They went so well with our morning coffee. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I also have almond extract that I may try next time.

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  14. hello meeta,

    I made these scones today with whole wheat pastry flour and they turned out nice. Thanks for the recipe and wonderful pics.

    Tanuja

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In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.

Hugs
Meeta