Your Daily Dish: Chocolate Chip Scones
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Simon Cowell is turning 54 today. While we’re sure he’d have some choice words for our singing (a tone deaf trio, we are), we’re positive he’d have only praise for these sweet and flaky Chocolate Chip Scones, scones that, slathered in creamy butter, strawberry jam and clotted cream, hit all the high notes.
Chocolate Chip Scones
3 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp sugar
1) Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or rubbing between fingers, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in chocolate chips. Add buttermilk and vanilla, stirring just until moistened.
3) Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly, 5 or 6 times, to gather into a large ball. Do not overwork the ball or the result will be tough scones. Divide the ball of dough in half and gently pat each into 8-inch flat rounds. Brush the top of each with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
4) Using a sharp knife, cut each circle into 6 even triangles and place on prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake 16-18 minutes until tops are golden.
Yield: 12 large scones
Perhaps Simon Cowell would also like to judge these mini Strawberry Shortcakes (buttermilk biscuits loaded up with vanilla whipped cream and Grand Marnier strawberries) too?
Whether it’s cruising the aisles at the Dollar Store or experimenting at the stove, we believe that every day can be a holiday.