Scones with Orange and Dark Chocolate

Hi there–  I’m happy to say it’s turning into “pot of tea weather” here.  A big mug of tea and one of these scones it just right. Orange chocolate ice cream is one of my favorites– So imagine that combination in an buttery, flakey crust of a scone.  With a dab of orange marmalade, it’s scrumptious.

1 1/2 cups flour
2 tab. sugar (plus a bit more)
1 tab. grated orange peel (about 1 orange)
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 tab. cool butter
1 egg yolk
3/8 cup buttermilk*
1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped to small bits

Mix together the flour, sugar, orange peel, baking powder and salt.  Then cut in the butter with a pastry blender or food processor.  Stir in the egg yolk and buttermilk at the same time.  Then fold in the chocolate bits.

Shape the dough into a flat circle about 1″ tall.  Cut it into 8 pie shape pieces**.  Sprinkle a little sugar over the scones to give them a sweet sparkly top.  Separate them and set them on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Pop them into a 400 degree oven for 12 to15 minutes until they come out browned and fragrant.  Serve them up hot with butter and jam.  Heavenly!

*In place of buttermilk, I use regular milk with a tablespoon or so of cider vinegar.  Let it sit a couple minutes to thicken.
**I divided the dough into two flat circles and cut 8 mini scones from each one.  You know how 60 year old ladies can be.  They like just a small site of something sweet.  Cut the baking time by 2 minutes.

I did heat up leftovers in the toaster oven a couple days later and was surprised how delish they still were!

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