Sunday, July 11, 2010

CREAM SCONES WITH CHOCOLATE CHUNKS...re-living childhood!



You all must have read about my love for Enid Blyton's stories and how I still drool over the food mentioned in her books. Scones were the highlight for me, then. I had no idea how it looked or felt like until I got a cookbook from my grandmother when I was about 10 or 12 years old. It was a cookbook she bought when she lived in Malaysia.I do not have the cookbook with me right now or else I could have shared it's name with you all.


That book had a lot of recipes for scones. It even had something called griddle scones and that fascinated me more than Enid Blyton's and hence I gave it a try. Sadly, it was really bad! I have no idea whether it was my fault or it was the book, but I think it was the former considering my age, then ;-) And there ended my dreams about eating or even thinking about scones!

But the scones I saw on Alice's book changed my mind. It had some of the world's best ingredients so it had to be good! And boy! I was bowled over by it's taste and texture! It is just amazing! I think every scone -lovers should try this recipe, it's simply delicious!

CREAM SCONES WITH CHOCOLATE CHUNKS
Recipe source : Bittersweet by Alice Medrich

Ingredients:
Flour-2 c
Sugar-1/4 cup plus some for sprinkling
Baking powder-2 tsp
Salt-1/2 tsp
Semi-sweet chocolate-3 or 4 oz, roughly chopped
Cream-1 1/4 c + 1 tbsp for brushing the tops

Method :
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in the cream. Using a rubber spatula, mix the cream with the flour from the centre towards the edges of the bowl, in a cut & turn method.
  • Once it forms a rough shaggy mass, form it into a dough using hands. DO NOT knead. Just gather all the lumps together and bring it together using the help of the sides of the bowl. DO NOT make it a smooth dough.
  • Pat the dough into an 8" round with 3/4" thickness on  a lightly floured surface.
  • Cut it into 8. Brush the tops with cream and sprinkle some sugar.
  • Place the triangles on a baking sheet lined with double layer of parchment paper. There should be a min. of 1" gap between the triangles.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 F for 20 mins of till the tops are golden brown.
  • Cool on wire rack and serve warm or at room temperature.

Verdict: This was my very first real scone experience and I simply loved it!They were soft and tender and very light.The chocolate in it does not mingle with the other ingredients, instead, it melts and waits for you to take a bite!All in all, it was one helluva scone! ;-)
Jobin always liked scones, so this one was a definite hit with him! We shared it with some of our friends over the weekend and they adored it!

19 Comments:

Parita said...

Stunning pictures Ria! I love that these scones doesnt use any eggs, lovely!

sowmya's creative saga said...

scones with chocolates in it..wow..looks awesome..

Pavithra said...

Wow no egg..I love the recipe Ria.. wonderful pictures..

aipi said...

They came out so perfect Ria, .. bookmarked it !
aipi
(http://usmasala.blogspot.com)

Ambika said...

Wonderfuls pictures and a great recipe Ria! I've been a fan of your blog for quite some time now...just thought I'd let you know :) Great work girl!!!

Ambika
http://ambikaskitchen.com

RV said...

Pretty looking scones.. .I never had scones before..I hit the bookmark automatically after looking at the pics and recipe.

Trupti said...

Ria, scones looks delicious and lovely photos

archana said...

Loved the pics,4th one from top is extremely fabulous !

El said...

I've seen scones with berries, cinnamon, lemon and cream. Never with chocolate. They look fantastic!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

They look amazing Ria, very mouth watering !!!

sweetartichoke said...

The scones looks yummy and the pictures are gorgeous!
It is my first time on your blog and waow, all I can say is waow: recipes are delicious-looking and the pictures are simply beautiful!

Anne said...

Looks delicious, my brother is a huge fan of scones so will have to make him some!

Anne said...

Looks delicious, my brother is a huge fan of scones so will have to make him some!

Anne said...

Looks delicious, my brother is a huge fan of scones so will have to make him some!

Anne said...

Looks delicious, my brother is a huge fan of scones so will have to make him some!

Anne said...

Looks delicious, my brother is a huge fan of scones so will have to make him some!

anubhavati said...

Hi Ria,

Loved the clicks and the scones...I was also a fan of Enid Blyton books...even now..I sometimes miss them here in the US as I want my little year old to dream all that I dreamt when I was little!!!

Shobha

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Hehehe I remember drooling over those elaborate meals in Enid Blyton too!! And such weird things.. tin of tongue :P

Scones look yummy!

Eni said...

Ria, most of those recipes you have are great and indeed remind one of those recipes in some of those Blytonian books. In fact I have a sub-title, "Food in Blytonian Literature" in my book on Enid Blyton, titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Aencdotage (www.thefamousfiveapersonalanecdotage.blogspot.com).
Stephen Isabirye

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