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These Orange Chocolate Scones are the perfect breakfast or afternoon tea accompaniment for this Easter weekend or any weekend for that matter.

I made these light and flaky scones one weekend and the following weekend packed up the ingredients to whip them up while out of town on a ‘girls’ weekend.  They come together quickly and the dark chocolate and orange are a wonderful flavour combination.

This is one of the many wonderful recipes from The Vanilla Bean Baking book.

If you do decide to bake them fresh when away from home combine the dry ingredients in a ziplock bag and combine the wet ingredients in a plastic container. Wrap your butter separately as well as your chocolate.  The scones will come together before your oven even preheats!

Orange Chocolate Scones

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons grated orange zest

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

12 tablespoons (3/4 cup) cold butter, cut into small pieces

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces or use chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, orange zest and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, orange juice, vanilla and egg.

Add the butter to the dry ingredients and use a pastry blender or 2 knives to cut the cold butter in.  Pieces should be the size of peas.

Add the wet ingredients and fold in until just combined.  Fold in the chocolate.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead (adding flour as necessary) until it comes together.  Pat dough into a square and then roll it out to a 12-inch square.  Now fold it together in thirds (it will resemble a letter) and then fold into thirds again, add flour as necessary to  prevent sticking.  Put on a floured plate and freeze for about 10 minutes.

Put dough on floured surface and roll out to 12-inch square and fold into thirds again.  Now roll into a 12 x 4-inch square and with a sharp knife cut it into 4 rectangles and cut the rectangles on an angel to form triangles.

If desired, brush to tops with a little cream and sprinkle with a little sugar.

Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 18-25 minutes until golden brown on top and bottom.

Vanilla Bean Baking Book Tip-use 2 baking sheets to protect the bottom of the scones from browning too quickly.

Sweetenuf tip-instead of cutting your butter into small pieces grate your cold butter into the dry ingredients and them combine with your fingers…quick, quick, quick!20170325_114538

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