Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sasha's Kitchen: Strawberry Chocolate Chip Scones

I made these delicious breakfast and/or dessert scones a few weeks ago since I was able to score some delicious strawberries, even in the dead of winter.  The recipe comes from Alice's Tea Cup's cookbook, which is one of my favorite places in Manhattan to go for scones.  They are always a treat in any flavor!

Alice's Tea Cup's Strawberry-Chocolate Chop Scones
Makes about 12-14 scones
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/4 cups hulled and quartered strawberries
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1 1/4 cups of buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 425.  In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  With clean hands work in the butter until thoroughly incorporated and has the consistency of fine breadcrumbs.  Add the strawberries and chocolate and combine well.

Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk and vanilla.  Combine the mixture but do not knead.  Pat the dough to make a rectangle about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Cut the scones into 3/12 to 4 inch wedges.  Lay on a non-stick baking sheet and brush liberally with the cream, sprinkling some sugar on top.  Bake for 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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