The making of this chocolate chip scones recipe today gave me an inkling of what contestants on the Great British Bake Off must go through. Because this week’s reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge was a timed challenge – 1 hour to bake!
I initially contemplated making chocolate and peanut butter hamentaschen for Purim. But I didn’t want to have to practice a recipe to make sure I could complete it under time pressure. So I elected to adapt the currant scones from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Pie and Pastry Bible, a recipe I’d made previously. I just wanted to make them, well, chocolate.
Even though I had made scones a countless number of times, my heart was racing as I watched the minutes tick by. Having to take pictures didn’t help my nervousness. I felt sloppy. It’s entirely possible I did one too many turns. Or maybe one too few. I don’t know.
I managed to complete the challenge, clean my countertop and wash the dishes in the sink. Total time from start to finish: 59 minutes.
Tips and tricks about this recipe
- The instructions in this chocolate chip scones recipe should remind you of pie crusts and puff pastry. The goal is to work the dough as lightly as possible and prevent the butter from getting warm. If your kitchen is hot, you might need to put the dough into the refrigerator for 15 minutes between turns. The goal is to get flaky layers and not a dry, crumbly scone. I hate those.
- If you trim the edges of your rectangle, you are more likely to get a straight rise of your layers, if you care about that sort of thing.
- Feel free to top these with sugar prior to baking, glaze them, or drizzle on more chocolate.
FAQs about this chocolate chip scone recipe
No, it is not required. But everyone scoops flour differently, and you’ll get more consistent results if you measure ingredients by weight.
I used milk chocolate chips here because I wanted a slightly sweeter scone, but feel free to sub out any chocolate chip, chocolate chunk, go back to dried currants or raisins, or use any combination you like.
Yes, scones freeze well either baked or unbaked. You can bake them directly from the freezer – just add a couple of minutes to the baking time.
Chocolate Chip Scones
- Stand mixer
- 4 ½ cups (600g) unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup (8oz) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 400°F
- Combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt) in the mixing bowl.
- Add the butter and mix on low speed for 1 minute until the butter is flattened.
- Add the cream and mix until the mixture just starts to come together.
- Add the chocolate chips and mix on low speed just until incorporated.
- Turn the mixture out onto a clean, lightly floured countertop, and knead very briefly to make sure the dough comes together uniformly.
- Roll the dough out into a rectangle 1 inch thick, approximately 8x12in. But don't worry about being too exact.
- Fold the dough into thirds (like a business letter), and turn it 90 degrees.
- Repeat the prior step, rolling the dough out, folding it into thirds, and turning it 90 degrees, for a total of four turns. The edges will become straighter and more even with each turn.
- After the last turn, roll the dough out one last time to a rectangle of 8×12 inches. Using a bench scraper or knife, cut the dough lengthwise so you have two 4×12 inch rectangles. Then cut each 4×12 rectangle three times crosswise so you now have eight 4×3 inch rectangles. Finally, cut each rectangle along the diagonal so you have 16 right triangles (of 3x4x5in – Pythagoras would be quite happy). See photo for reference.
- Lay out the 16 triangles on two baking sheets covered with Silpat or parchment paper and bake for 18-20 minutes, until the tops are just starting to brown and the scones feel slightly firm.
- Remove immediately from the baking sheet and cool on a rack.
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