Disclosure: This post was made possible by a partnership with American Heritage Chocolate.
When American Heritage Chocolate gave me their products and asked me to come up with a recipe, I hesitated. Basically I’m not the greatest cook. My family would say this statement is a colossal understatement! But I do enjoy baking so I thought I might be able to do the assignment justice. And here’s your warning before we get started. These scones taste delicious. (Trust me – I can’t stop eating them!) but they don’t look like a Food Network item.
American Heritage Chocolate Scones
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 7 tablespoons of butter
- 1 3 oz block of American Heritage Historic Chocolate Block
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. First, mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cube the cold butter into small pieces and add them to the flour mixture. Use a pastry blender or your hands to incorporate the butter into the flour. This can take a while. Be patient! Aim for pea or rice sized pieces of butter throughout the mix when finished.
Next, grate the American Heritage Historic Chocolate using a box grater. This will give you a very fine chocolate flake. Mix the grated chocolate into the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolk, vanilla and milk. (You could definitely use buttermilk in place of the whole milk but I never have the stuff when I need it.) Now add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix them together. You want the dough to come together with as little mixing as possible so be gentle!
Once your dough forms, turn it out onto a floured surface. Press the dough into a circle about the size of a dinner plate or a bit smaller. Cut the round into 6 or 8 wedges depending on how big you want your scones to end up. Place the wedges on a greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with additional sugar before baking for about 20 minutes. Ideally you want the top to be a golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the scone to come out clean.
Now remember I told you, they don’t look all that pretty. So if your family is like mine and they could care less, just eat them! If however, you desire a more polished presentation, consider an easy glaze. Simply mix 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with milk and vanilla until it reaches a pour-able consistency. And don’t be afraid to experiment! Add some mint extract to the glaze for mint chocolate chip. Or coconut flakes for a ‘Mounds’ candy bar flavor. Any flavor that you can dream up that pairs well with chocolate will work great with this easy recipe.