This weekend I bought buttermilk to make pancakes and never got around to it. With a full litre of buttermilk sitting in my fridge I decided that I better get baking.
Chocolate Chip Scones (Adapted form the Joy of Baking)
Makes 8 Scones:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
- 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2/3 – 3/4 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.
Stir in the chocolate chips. In a small measuring cup whisk together the buttermilk and vanilla extract and then add to the flour mixture. Stir just until the dough comes together and add more buttermilk or flour as necessary. Do not over mix the dough.
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times.
Pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches round and about 11/2 inches thick.
Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 4 pie-shaped wedges. Place the scones on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the scones with a little milk.
Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.