Chocolate Chip scones for My Funny Valentine
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Here's a different spin on Valenine's day posts....let's start with some music that is a source for some valentine inspiration. First......if you didn't already know, I'm a real jazz fan and there are versions of the song "My Funny Valentine" that certainly inspire me. For instance, I love this version because of its modern take on the old standard. This song is written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and written for the broadway show Babes in Arms. But there is something about the soulful and amazing voice of Chaka Khan that really speaks to the quality and dimension of this piece. So take a minute to enjoy her dynamic voice! In addition I'm sharing this great recipe for the best chocolate chip scones I have ever had!
The recipe is from a wonderful book by Elizabeth Alston. It's called Biscuits and Scones: 62 Recipes from Breakfast Biscuits to Homey Desserts. This book is fantastic and well worth getting if this sort of thing is interesting to you. For less than $8 its a cheap thrill and worth its weight in gold - no kidding! I became very interested in baking scones after I visited Scotland years and years ago and this book without a doubt takes care of those needs. There are so many different scone varieties to choose from. There are many that will satisfy both the sweet or the savory approach and they won't disappoint I promise!
Why scones for Valentine's day? Well....because these scones are so amazing and decadent, and so incredibly awesome, that if you made these and shared them with someone you love well, I guarantee you will make their day! I mean that's the point right? I promise you though, this gesture will be so appreciated and because this recipe makes 12 scones you could spread the love and share a few with friends. These have been favorites at our house for years. My family absolutely loves them and they are part of what I think my daughter Madison considers as comfort food. I think I do too! Everyone who has ever had these loves them. One thing though, these are not in keeping with my attempt to keep things on the healthier side. Sorry, I'm letting all boundaries down for this lovely recipe. If you decide to make them you will see why. I have figured out a lower-carb, lower-fat version of this recipe but in all honesty, it takes on a completely different quality and texture and I can't really equate them as the same. They are really great though and maybe I'll share that recipe sometime. Until then, here's the real deal! Please enjoy them with abandon (and maybe with a cup of coffee or tea). Happy Valentine's Day!
Recipe for Chocolate-Chip Scones from Plums
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar plus 2 tablespoons
3 large eggs - I used jumbo
1/3 cup buttermilk or plain greek yogurt - I used 1/2 cup greek yogurt
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used mini chocolate chips)
Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl. With an electric mixer, beat butter on high until creamy. Add sugar and beat for a few minutes until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Just for the record, I chose not to use the electric mixer and mixed everything very evenly to make up for it. The scones turned out just fine.
Scrape sides of bowl; reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until only blended. Scrape sides; add buttermilk or yogurt and mix only until blended. Sprinkle chocolate cips over the batter and fold in.
Scoop 1/3 cupfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet, placing the mounds 2 inches apart. Refrigerate for about 45 minutes (or freeze, and when hard, remove and place in a plastic bag and freeze for up to 6 weeks). Or proceed to the next step.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake scones for 15 minutes. Turn heat down to 325 degrees and bake about 10 minutes longer, or until pale golden brown. Be very careful to check. Cool, uncovered, on a wire rack. Serve with coffee or tea or just eat and indulge. I hope you love them as much as we do!