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Dark Chocolate & Orange Scones

13 Apr 2016

What others thought:
"These are actually really, really good." - My 'never over-complimentary' Brother
"I think there's a reason why you don't put chocolate in scones... I'm having the biggest one though... oh yeah no they are nice" - My 'thinks she's being helpful' Mum
*silence while eating* - My 'not particularly talkative' Dad: 

This weekend, my brother came down to visit and that's the second time in a month, which is really quite unusual these days. Not because he hates us or anything, but because he has a job far, far away (almost in Scotland!) and can't get a lot of time off. To celebrate this occasion, and to ruin my own 'healthy eating' regime, I decided to bake some scones. I didn't fancy traditional ones so I decided to go for something a smidgen more experimental, and when I say experimental, I mean very, very mildly experimental, as in literally just using a very traditional recipe and adding some extra ingredients. 

So I turned to Betty, the queen of Harrogate, York and Ilkley, to guide me in my journey to chocolate and orange scones.

You will need:
500g self-raising flour
175g softened unsalted butter
2 eggs lightly beaten
a pinch of salt
3 tablespoons caster sugar
A couple of tablespoons milk
Zest of two oranges
1 bag of dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat your oven to 200℃ fan, or 220℃ non-fan.
2. Gently rub the sifted flour and softened butter with your fingertips, until breadcrumbs are formed. Try to drop the mixture into the bowl as you're creating the breadcrumbs, to get some air into the mixture.
3. Add the pinch of salt sugar, eggs, orange zest and milk until a soft enough dough is formed.
4. Incorporate the chocolate chips in and make sure you don't overmix!
5. Bake in your preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.

Ta dah! Easy peasy, wasn't it?

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