So here we have another tried and tested recipe from the National Trust’s Book of Scones. Now readers, I followed the recipe to the letter and whilst they looked ok, they were pretty dry and needed more chocolate. Despite smelling divine during the mixing process this didn’t translate through to the bake. On reflection, I’m probably going to stick with the more traditional fruit based scone. If you get better results, do let me know 🙂
What you need for approx 10 large scones:
500g self-raising flour
70g cocoa powder
1 heaped tsp baking powder
70g soft brown sugar
140g butter, cubed
115g white chocolate drops
115g milk chocolate drops
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
Approx 200ml milk
What you do:
- Preheat your oven to 190°c. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and sugar into a mixing bowl.
- Add the butter and rub in using your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add 75g of each of the chocolate drops and stir in.
- Make a well in the middle of the mixture, add the eggs and vanilla.
- Gradually add the milk to make a damp dough.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to about 4cm thick.
- Stamp out the scones using an 8cm cutter and place on the baking tray. Brush the tops with milk.
- Bake for approx 16-18 minutes.
- Melt the remaining white and chocolate drops and drizzle over the scones. This was a disaster, the chocolate would just not drizzle nicely!
I wasn’t sure what the best thing to serve chocolate scones with is – maybe clotted or whipped cream or smothered in custard so you can’t taste how dry they are 🙂 and next time I still need to roll the dough out thicker and more evenly – some of them were a little on the slim side!
Until next time…Happy Baking!