Chocolate Chip Orange Scones

Mommy says citrus and chocolate is one of the best combinations around. She says a lot of people like berries (especially raspberries) with chocolate, but she prefers orange or lemon. So, when she found a recipe for chocolate chip buttermilk scones, she decided to play around with it a little bit and see if she could make it her own. I think she did a pretty good job. At least I thought they were tasty.

The original recipe came from SkinnyTaste.com – Mommy is always looking for healthy, low-fat, tasty options for her and Daddy. The recipe called for buttermilk, which we don’t usually keep in the house. When Mommy makes something that calls for buttermilk, she says she can add a splash of vinegar to regular milk with the same effect. For this recipe she replaced the buttermilk with fresh squeezed orange juice and regular milk. Orange juice isn’t quite as acidic as most vinegars, but she used more than a splash and it worked out just fine.

Mommy also used orange zest in the batter as well as mixed with the sugar sprinkled on top.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4-1/3 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice (1-2 oranges)
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2-2/5 cup of milk (enough to bring total liquid up to 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp chilled butter (must be cold) cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • For topping:
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar

Directions:

Preheat over to 375 degrees. Zest one orange into a mixing bowl, the second into a small bowl. Zesting the oranges before juicing them makes life a lot easier.

Combine juice, milk, sugar, vanilla and egg in the mixing bowl with the zest using a whisk. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a larger mixing bowl. Cut in the butter (make sure it’s really cold) until it looks like crumbly oats. Mommy uses her hands for this – if it gets too warm, you can put the whole thing in the refrigerator to chill it down again – keep the butter cold, that’s what makes the scones fluffy.

Carefully add the chocolate chips – you don’t want to break them – of course using mini-chips would probably be great too.

Add liquid, stirring just until the entire mixture is moist – don’t overwork the dough, it will still be lumpy and that’s okay.

Place dough onto a floured surface and knead light a few times with floured hands. Form the dough into a 9-inch circle onto a baking sheet about 3/4 inch thick. (use cooking spray or parchment paper or silpat.) Use a knife to cut the dough into 12 wedges.

Brush the top of the dough with egg white and sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and orange zest. Bake about 20 minutes, or until golden.

Serve warm. I like them with a glass of milk (I think Mommy does too, but she says you could also have coffee or tea and dunking is encouraged.)

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