If you need a simple but delicious recipe to bake for a special morning, these scones are what you’re looking for. Tender and slightly sweet with big chunks of chocolate and a subtle orange flavor.
For some reason, these scones just taste like Christmas morning to me. Maybe it’s the combination of all the flavors inside your Christmas stocking: chocolate and then that little orange at the very bottom.
Tips for successful scones
Scones have a lot of butter, and these are weighed down with additional “heavy” things like big pieces of chocolate and moist orange zest. That means that in order for them to rise well, you need a lot of leavening. So the tablespoon of baking powder might seem high, but it is all necessary. Also make sure it’s fresh!
The second piece of advice is to make sure that everything is cold. Sometimes I dice up the cold butter, place it on a plate, and put it back in the fridge while I’m blending the dry ingredients.
You can also make the scones, shape them, and then put the whole baking sheet back in the fridge to chill them more.
Make sure you don’t over mix! The mixture will look a little dry and crumbly, and that’s okay.
You might need:
- Sparkling sugar is available in bulk online for a good price.
- A pastry cutter is handy for scones, pie crust, and crumb toppings.
- Chocolate chunks for some reason look better in these than chocolate chips!
Chocolate chunk orange scones, step by step:
Start with cold butter, cold cream, and cold eggs. You can pre-measure everything and put it back in the fridge until needed.
Combine all the dry ingredients either in a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of your food processor.
Then we add the butter. To cut the butter into the flour, you can either use a pastry cutter, two knives, or your food processor. You want the butter cut into small, pea-sized pieces. It should look like this:
Turn everything out of the food processor, if you’re using it, and put it in a large bowl. Now it’s time to add the cream and eggs. First beat them together separately, then slowly add them in. Finally, mix in the chocolate chunks and orange zest. Try not to over mix!
Turn everything out onto the counter and gently press it into a 7 to 8 inch round. Cut into 6 big triangles, like a pizza. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse sparkling sugar.
Bake at 400 for 15-18 minutes. They won’t really brown, but the edges will turn golden.
What if my scones are flat?
Try baking them closer together, almost touching on the baking sheet. It may take them a little bit longer to bake, but they will held hold each other up and rise higher. Keep in mind that flat scones are still delicious and they are not a big deal, so don’t worry about this all that much!
Also, keeping everything cold and using fresh baking powder will make a big difference too.
Here’s the recipe!
Chocolate Chunk Scones with Orange
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
- zest of 1 orange
- sparkling sugar for topping
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack in the center.
- Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking power, and salt) in in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a large food processor, fitted with the chopping blade.
- Add the butter and combine into the flour either with a pastry cutter or by pulsing the food processor. The pieces of butter should be pea-sized.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and cream together until well combined. If you were using the food processor to combine the flour and butter, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Then slowly add the cream and egg mixture, and stir until just combined. Add the chocolate chunks and orange zest and gently stir. Try to mix as little as possible.
- Turn dough out and gently shape into a 7-8 inch circle. Cut into 6 equal triangular pieces. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. For best results, chill the triangles 15 minutes before baking. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
Looking for more special things to bake for breakfast?
- Orange sweet rolls are a yeasted dough that takes longer, but worth the effort
- Bread machine coffee cake can be made the night before and rise overnight
- Brioche buns with chocolate chips are a sweet, rich yeast dough.
- Homemade apple cider doughnuts are always exciting.