My Boyfriend’s Scones

Chocolate Chip Scones

My boyfriend and I have the perfect culinary partnership: I cook and he bakes (I’ve been told on multiple situations that my chocolate chip cookies bear an uncanny resemblance to E.T.). On a particularly difficult Saturday morning after a night out, my boyfriend made me the most delicious hangover cure in the world: fresh scones. Previous to that morning, I had never reached for scones, and had opted for their more-buttery cousin, croissants, but these scones corrected my mistake. They were buttery, savory, flaky, and dotted with chocolate chips, but not too sweet – perfect to dip into a cup of coffee (which was also at hand that Saturday). When my boyfriend made them for me again this past Sunday – which tasted even more delicious without a headache – I decided those New Years resolutions could wait another day…

Makes 12 triangle scones (His usual batch is a half-recipe).

You will need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • chocolate chips or anything else you want to add
  • 1-2 tbs unsalted butter, melted for brushing
  • 1-2 tbs sugar, for dusting

For delicious scones:

  1. Preheat the over to 425 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together with a fork. Add the cold butter pieces and using a pastry blender (or your fingertips!), work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. (It’s ok if some larger bits of butter remain.)
  3. Pour in the buttermilk and vanilla and mix with the fork only until the ingredients are just moistened. You’ll have a soft dough with a rough look. If the dough is too dry, add small amount of butter milk. Add chocolate chips or whatever else you want (maybe try blueberries!). Gather the dough into a ball, pressing it gently so that it hold together. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it very briefly. Cut the dough in half.
  4. Press and shape each half of the dough into a circle about 7 inches across. Brush the dough with half of the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Cut the dough into 6 triangles. Place the scones on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes (or more, to your taste) until tops and bottoms are golden. Transfer to a rack and cool slightly.