If you have any extra candy canes, here’s a recipe you may want to try! These White Chocolate Peppermint Scones have crushed candy canes both in the batter and sprinkled on top. White chocolate chips are mixed into the batter too, and a creamy peppermint glaze is drizzled on top.Continue reading
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Christmas would not be Christmas without any gingerbread treats. And these gingerbread scones, topped with coarse sugar that adds a nice sparkly touch, are definitely a treat—especially for breakfast or brunch!. They’re not really sweet enough to be considered a dessert scone, but they have a rich gingerbread flavor and are great in the morning, or even in the afternoon, with some coffee or tea.Continue reading
Chocolate Chip Scones
The first time I had these scones, they were made by Priscilla. She brought them to work as a snack for a co-worker’s birthday, and they were really good. She had made them with dried fruit and everyone wanted the recipe. The second time I had these scones, Brenda had made them and brought them into work. She had been craving chocolate, so she decided to try them with chocolate chips instead of dried fruit. And of course, they tasted just as wonderful.
I decided to try these scones with chocolate chips, too– those mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, because you get more bits of chocolate in every bite! They’re a great treat for breakfast and they even make a great dessert–or a snack in the afternoon!
CHOCOLATE CHIP SCONES by NancyC, adapted from a recipe by Priscilla T.
- 1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (note: instead of chocolate chips, you can substitute dried fruit and/or chopped nuts)
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine sour cream or Greek yogurt and baking soda; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Cut in butter using a pastry blender.
Stir the sour cream or yogurt mixture and then the egg into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead briefly. Roll or pat dough into a round 10″ disc that is 3/4″ thick. Cut into wedges and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350˚F for 17 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden. Serve warm or let cool completely.
These scones have a great texture–they’re a little moist, but not too moist. They’re sweet, but not too sweet. I think they’re best when they’re warm from the oven, but they’re pretty good when they’ve cooled, too. You can’t go wrong with these scones! I think they’re one of my favorites. Do you like making scones? What’s your favorite kind to make?
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Blueberry and Buttermilk Scones
Have you ever been to an afternoon tea? I’ve been to two–one was at a hotel and the other was at a bed and breakfast. They were both such a treat! Having tea with friends and tasting fancy little tea sandwiches, cakes, scones, and pastries was such a wonderful break in the day.
My tea time memories came to mind as I was looking through my review copy of Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent. Just looking at the cover photo will make you want to treat yourself to a special tea time or host your own afternoon tea!
The book has a wide selection of recipes–scones, spreads, tarts, cakes, tea sandwiches, cookies–everything you could ever want for tea time. And there are beautiful full-color photos of the recipes.
I decided to try the Blueberry and Buttermilk Scones since I had already been thinking about making some scones. The book also includes instructions for making Honeycomb Butter to serve along with these scones, but I just made the scones. I really liked them–they’re slightly sweet and moist, with lots of blueberries. I’ve had scones before that were too dry, but I thought the texture of these was just right!
BLUEBERRY AND BUTTERMILK SCONES from Afternoon Tea at Home
Makes 16 small scones
- 2 3/4 cups (350 g) all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling out
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 1 stick butter (125 g), chilled and diced
- generous 1/3 cup (75 g) granulated sugar (also called caster sugar)
- 2/3 to 3/4 cup (175-200 ml) buttermilk (I used 3/4 cup)
- 1 1/4 cup (150 g) fresh or frozen blueberries
- 2 Tablespoons whole milk
- 2 Tablespoons turbinado or demerara sugar (these are raw, unrefined sugars; you can substitute granulated sugar if you don’t have these)
Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Note: I also lined a baking sheet with parchment paper for the scones.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the chilled, diced butter and rub into the dry ingredients using your hands (I found it easier to use a pastry blender rather than my hands). When the mixture resembles sand and there are only very small pieces of butter remaining, add the granulated sugar and mix to combine.
Make a well in the middle of the mixture, add the buttermilk and blueberries and stir to combine using a rubber spatula. One the dough starts to come together, use your hands to form a rough ball.
Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Very lightly knead for about 30 seconds to bring the dough into an almost smooth ball but do not overwork the dough. Cut in half and flatten each half into a round disc each about 6 1/4 inches (16 cm) in diameter. Using a long, sharp knife cut each disc into 8 triangular wedge shapes.
Arrange the wedges on the prepared baking sheets and brush the tops with a little milk, scatter with turbinado sugar and bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until well-risen and golden.
Cool on a wire rack and serve slightly warm with butter or honey butter.
These scones would be great not only for tea time but for breakfast or brunch, too!
Have you been to an afternoon tea? Or hosted one?
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Chocolate Chip Coffee Toffee Scones
It’s been a while since I’ve made scones. I think the last ones I made were Blackberry Scones, and that was about a year ago. So when I had the chance recently to try some different coffee blends, compliments of Community Coffee, I thought of making scones because they go great with coffee in the morning. And I decided it would be fun to try making some coffee-flavored scones. I envisioned them with some chocolate chips and toffee, too–those flavors are always good with coffee. These scones are more cake-like than biscuit-like. They’re more dessert-like than breakfast-like. But if you like having dessert for breakfast, then you’ll especially like these! 🙂 Everyone who tasted these scones really liked them, so I think you will, too.
This scone recipe calls for 1/4 cup very strong coffee (plus 2 more Tablespoons for the glaze). I used the Golden Caramel Blend, but any of these other blends (House Blend, Creme Brûlée) would work well in this. And just a little note–as these scones were baking, they were looking a little puffy, which worried me a little when I took them out of the oven. But as they cooled, they settled down nicely. So don’t be alarmed if you notice some puffiness when you take them out of the oven!
CHOCOLATE CHIP COFFEE TOFFEE SCONES by NancyC
Makes 8 scones
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
- 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup toffee bits
- 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup very strong coffee, cooled (you’ll also need 2 more Tablespoons for the Coffee Glaze-see below)
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons very strong coffee, cooled
- 1/2 Tablespoon Half & Half (light cream)
- Additional mini chocolate chips and toffee bits for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In medium-size bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use pastry cutter to blend butter into flour mixture; mixture will be crumbly . Stir in mini chocolate chips and toffee bits.
In small bowl, mix plain Greek yogurt, coffee, and egg until smooth. Blend yogurt mixture into the flour mixture, stirring until clumps of dough form (dough will be a little sticky).
Sprinkle some flour over the dough in the bowl to make it less sticky, and with floured hands, knead a few times and shape dough into a ball. Place dough on your parchment-lined baking sheet and pat into an 8-inch circle, about 3/4-inch thick. Use a knife to score into 8 wedges, then bake at 400˚F on your center oven rack for 17-18 minutes, until golden. Note: If you bake these less than 17 minutes, your scones may be under-baked in the middle. Also, the scones may look a little puffy, but they will settle down as they cool.
Cool scones for about 20 minutes (or you can cool them completely), then top with the Coffee Glaze.
To make glaze, put powdered sugar in a small bowl, then add the coffee and Half & Half (light cream) and stir until ingredients are well blended. Drizzle over cooled scones-you can drizzle as little or as much as you like (you’ll probably have some extra glaze left over). Then lightly sprinkle some additional mini chocolate chips and toffee bits over the glaze. Let glaze set, then cut into wedges where scored, and serve.
Coffee and coffee-flavored scones are a great way to start the day! This was the first time I’ve used coffee as an ingredient in a recipe. Have you made any recipes with coffee?
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