Tuesday, May 15, 2012

National Chocolate Chip Day!

Horray!  May 15, 2012 is National Chocolate Chip Day!  

Chocolate Chip Cream Scones
This is my favorite recipe for cream scones. 
 Today in honor of National Chocolate Chip Day I decided to add chips to this basic recipe.  

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold heavy cream
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus some for dusting
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Sanding sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Whisk together 3/4 cup cream and egg.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.  With a pastry blender or two knives, cut  butter into flour mixture until it resembles course meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Stir in chocolate chips.  With a fork, stir in cream mixtures until just combined.  (The dough will be crumbly; do not overwork.)
  2. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and divide in half.  Make two 6" circles.  Cut into 6 wedges each and transfer to parchment-lined or silpat-lined baking sheet.  Brush tops with 1 tablespoon cream and sprinkle with sanding sugar.  Bake until golden, 16 to 18 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through.
I change this recipe up by adding my favorite combos of raisins, dried currants, dried cherries, dried cranberries, raspberries, blueberries, walnuts, pecans, coconut, lemon zest, candied ginger, etc.

Have a Yummy Day,
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