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Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

January 16, 2011


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.

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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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