Nov 20, 2009

child's play in the kitchen: chocolate chip scones


I love to cook with my boys. They make me crazy most of the time, always opening cupboards they should not. Asking Questions and looking longingly at sharp knifes and kitchen sheers.

They are little Devils wanting to make mischief.

But how can I not call them into the kitchen?

They love to get down and dirty with the flour, love to stir the soup or wash the salad.

I come from a family in which child labour in the kitchen is a must.

I had to help, they will have to help.

And if I am lucky they will love it, just like I did.

See you next time.

chocolate chip scones


280g all purpose flour

60g sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

110g butter or lard, cold and cut into pieces ( I like to use lard)

100g chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

160 ml buttermilk


Egg white for brushing tops


Cinnamon Sugar:

30g sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 180C and place rack in middle of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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 fork or two knives.

Stir in the chocolate chips. In a small bowl whisk together the buttermilk and vanilla and then add to the flour mixture. 

Stir just until the dough comes together.

Do not over mix the dough.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and pat the dough into a circle that is about 17 cm round and about 3,5 cm  thick.

Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 4 wedges.

Place the scones on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the scones with this egg white.

Sprinkle the tops of the scones with a little of the cinnamon sugar.

Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

Makes 8 scones.

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