Last night, I had the privilege of volunteering to stage manager for our local Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber Annual Diamond Awards. After working all Saturday morning on projects for my clients, running to the post office, grocery and bank; then preparing the script for the evening event, I didn’t get to spend much time with the fam as I would have liked too on our weekend.
We did get a sitter so Brad could attend the event as a guest, we didn’t get home until around 1 am and both of us collapsed in bed. I’m not sure if you’re like me, but I always wake around 6:00 am no matter what time I go to bed, today was no exception. So after cleaning up the house from the crazy evening with the sitter, I thought it was time to think of a bake for the day to share! Since February is the month of chocolate bakes (see my last post) I decided to make something all my boys would enjoy for our Sunday brunch. Double Chocolate Scones.
I love making scones, orange, lemon, poppy-seed, combination of the both, and thought chocolate with semi-sweet chocolate chips and my favorite toasted pecans would do the trick! I thought about adding dried cherries, but don’t think that would have gone over with the kiddos, but perfect for a scone. And not to take too much of my time away from our family time today, this is a simple bake that you can easily make without a big mess, no mixer to clean,and super simple to mix together.
TIP: I brushed whipping cream atop the dough just before baking and sprinkled sugar. Coarse sugar is a better option, but it still make a lovely glossy top of the scones.
Serve these bakes warm for the best experience giving you gooey chocolate chips and enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. Our little guy, Donavan, whom doesn’t like nuts, was not happy when he asked what was contained inside. He’s getting wiser on my bakes that I add things that he may not like! But he scarfed down his entire scone and asked for more! I guess the double-chocolate was more of an incentive overriding his dislike of the pecans! L.O.L.
Enjoy this easy bake next time you’re up early, and your family can wake to a delicious delight that is so fantastic, they’ll want more!
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Double Chocolate Scones
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
400 degree oven. Toast chopped pecans for about 10 minutes. Keep your eye on them so they don’t burn.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix together. Add chilled butter and cut into flour mixture until coarse crumble is formed. Then take mixture and form a well.
In a small bowl, combine egg, whipping cream and vanilla. Once combined pour into flour mixture. Add cooled pecans and semi-sweet chips. Mix thoroughly, be sure not to over mix. Dump mixture onto a clean floured surface and knead lightly until fully combine and nice dough is formed. Don’t overwork. Form into a large circle about 1″ thick and slice into wedges. If you want smaller pieces, like I made, cut the dough in-half before forming a 5″ circle that is 1″ thick. This will give you 12 short scones and the entire batch will make about 9 longer scones.
Brush scones with whipping cream using a small brush and top with coarse sugar.
Bake for about 14 minutes until bottoms are slightly brown. Serve!
|Double Chocolate Scones Nutrition Facts|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 19.9g||25%|
|Saturated Fat 8.5g||42%|
|Total Carbohydrate 41g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber 2.2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 19.6g|
|Vitamin D 5mcg||24%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
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