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Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

January 16, 2011

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

It has chocolate.  So.. yea.

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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.

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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.


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  • Excellent recipe!!!!!!! I’ve been looking for a scone recipe that isn’t dry or too buttery–thank you! For those of you who crawl out of bed and want to make a delicious scone but don’t have buttermilk in the fridge: use one tablespoon of lemon juice and add milk until you have one cup all together. Let it sit for 5 minutes and it works beautifully!

    thanks again for a wonderful recipe. I’ll have to enjoy the rest of your site now!! :)

  • Last weekend I was looking for a scone recipe for brunch and, like you, I was inspired by the chocolate orange I have sitting in my cabinet from Christmas. These were the perfect combination of light and citrusy and chocolatey and indulgent. I also added in some homemade candied orange zest for a little more orange flavor. Totally delicious – and my guests loved them!

  • These are DELICIOUS!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Making these scones for the memorial of an 86-year old seasoned citizen who raised three boys off the coast of South Africa. These scones will be a perfect accompaniment to the memorial of this robust, sweet woman.

  • These were great! I made them exactly as directed and they turned out wonderful, except I made 2 batches. I wanted to make enough for my brother and dad to have during the week being that I was going back to college, but they were gone before the weekend was even over. Definitely a keeper :)

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