Sunday, March 04, 2007

Cream Scones

I am a big fan of Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours. Her descriptions of each tasty treat, along with wonderful pictures, are enough for me to put on five pounds, just by reading. Alas, I do not have Kathy's (of A Passion for Food) metabolism. That girl can eat!

So, I decided to try her Cream Scone recipe. Delicious. These are flaky with a rich, buttery taste. Ah, butter. Further proof that God loves us! Of course, I snatched one up right out of the oven - I should have listened to Dorie and let them sit for about 10 minutes. The flavor will really develop during that time, and the scones will pull together and not be quite as crumbly to eat.

There was a small mistake in the recipe (it called for currants but did not include an instruction for adding them into the dough). I tweaked it a bit to suit my tastes: I eliminated the currants and added chocolate chips, plus some vanilla bean paste. If you don't have the paste, substitute two teaspoons of vanilla extract. Dorie gives great instructions on how to make the scones by hand, but they are a snap to put together if you mix the whole batch in a food processor so that you don't over mix the butter or the dough.

Cream Scones
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan's "Baking from My Home to Yours"

1 large egg
2/3 cup cold heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces and chilled
3/4 cup chocolate chips
cream or milk, and sugar for glazing

Center a rack in the oven and preheat it to 425 degree F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat.

Stir together the egg, cream, and vanilla bean paste.

In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and pulse about 5 or 6 times, until you have a mixture that includes both pea-sized and smaller pieces of butter. Add the cream mixture and pulse two or three times. Do not over mix! You will finish pulling the dough together in a moment. It should still appear rather crumbly.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn out the dough. Gently work in the chocolate chips. Knead only about 8 to 10 times as you pat the dough into a circle, about 3/4 of an inch thick. With a sharp knife, cut the circle into six wedges and place on prepared baking sheet.

Brush tops of scones lightly with cream or milk, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake 20-22 minutes until tops are golden and firm.

After removing from oven, let scones rest for about 10 minutes before eating them. If you have the willpower to do so, that is.


Anonymous Chris said...

Willpower? No chance. These look scrumptious!

March 05, 2007 9:04 PM  
Anonymous rowena said...

When the half of a sachertorte and half of a pistacchio cake are finished, this will be next to do. I haven't had a proper scone in awhile...

Noticed your Silpat in the image. I don't even have one of those yet!

March 06, 2007 2:55 AM  
Blogger Madam Chow said...

Chris and Rowena,
Thanks for visiting! And Rowena, I know what you mean. I baked these even though we are still working on a pound cake and a coffee cake. I think I'll waddle on down to the gym now!

March 06, 2007 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Ivonne said...

Oh, Madam Chow! Those look divine!!!

March 07, 2007 12:04 AM  

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