Chocolate Scones recipe: Martha Stewart - Baking Handbook
Ingredients: I got 11 large scones out of this
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 10 (1 ¼ sticks) tablespoons butter, cold, cut into small cubes
- 5 ounces (1 cup) semisweet chocolate, chopped into ½-inch pieces (I used milk chocolate)
- 1 large whole egg + 1 large egg yolk
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- Sanding sugar for sprinkling
- Line a baking sheet with parchment; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger clumps remaining. Fold in the chocolate.
- Whisk together the whole egg and ½ cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream. (I added ¼ cup whole milk) Add egg mixture to the flour mixture; using a rubber spatula, fold in, working in all directiosn and incorporating crumbs at the bottom of the bowl, until dough just comes together.
- Turn out the dough onto a lighly floured work surface, and gently pat into a 18-by-3 inch rectangle about 1-inch thick. Using a sharp knife or a pastry wheel, cut the rectangle into 3-inch squares (I made triangles). Place squares about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until the dough is very firm, at least 1 hour or overnight. (I stashed one pan in the freezer for 15 minutes, and another pan in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, made no difference while baking)
- Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolk with the remaining tablespoon heavy cream; brush over the tops of the scones and sprinkle generously with sanding sugar.
- Bake, rotating the sheet halfway through, until the sugar on top of the scones turns golden all over, or a cake tester inserted in the center of a scone comes out clean, 25 to 30 mintues. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. They are best eaten the day they are baked.