Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones


This is one of my favorite ways to count to five.

It has chocolate.  So.. yea.




Do you get those giant chocolate oranges at Christmas?  It’s a giant bulb of chocolate shaped like an orange, with wedge segments and everything… and it tastes like an orange!  Well, an orange drowned in chocolate.    I love those things… but I’m a weirdo.

I turned one of those chocolate oranges into a scone with butter and buttermilk.  So tender.  Like little pillows of good.


Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

makes four large or six small scones

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons orange zest

2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

1 large egg yolk

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold buttermilk

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.  I use my fingers to rub the butter and dry ingredients together.    In another bowl, combine egg yolk and buttermilk and beat lightly with a fork.  Add to flour mixture all at once, stirring enough to make a soft dough.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Turn out onto a floured board and knead about 15 times.  Roll or pat out into a 1-inch thickness.  Cut into 4 large or 6 small  squares.     Place on prepared baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.  These are best when serve immediately with butter and jam.

254 thoughts on “Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

  1. Ooh, Joy! You melt my heart. I have been wanting to make scones for months (MONTHS!) but never got around to it. I think I just might need to surprise the beau with these when he wakes up tomorrow morning.. he doesn’t have to know they’re actually for me.

  2. How is it possible that every time you post something, I want to make it? Those are pretty good odds…you have a magical power.

  3. I am so weak for scones. And for ones with chocolate and orange zest? I’m a goner. Out of curiosity, what do you do with those yummy scraps that you cut off to make the scones square? Do you bake them off and nibble on them as sweet little chefs treat? Or do you eat the raw dough (as I probably would)? Just please say you don’t throw them away.

  4. You read my mind what with this chocolate + orange combination. I recently stumbled across a cookie recipe that used a single Clementine….but you can’t BUY a single Clementine and so I thought it was a lost cause. And then you post this! ♥

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