White Chocolate Orange Scones

White Chocolate Orange Scones

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White Chocolate Orange Scones

White Chocolate Orange 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 white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate

Method:

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a 2nd baking sheet under lined sheet.  (This helps to prevent the bottom from over baking.)

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 OR use a box grater and grate the butter into the flour mixture and toss lightly until butter pieces are coated with the flour mixture.

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, (now it will look like a nice little square pacakge) adding flour as necessary to prevent sticking.  Put on alightly floured plate and freeze for about 10 minutes.

Put dough on lightly floured surface and roll out to a large circle about 1/2 thick and score into 8 portions.

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

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

Best eaten day of baking but wrap well and microwave for 5-10 seconds on the second day IF there are any leftovers.

Chocolate Chunk Oat Shortbread


Chocolate Chunk Oat Shortbread
Chocolate Chunk Oat Shortbread

Today’s recipe is for sweet and chocolately shortbread made with the addition of toasted oats.  The toasted oats add nutty flavour and crisps up the texture.  The addition of chopped chocolate just makes the shortbread more delicious.

With the holiday season fast approaching and the weather getting colder shortbread seems to fit the bill!  Although for me, shorbread anytime is the right time!!

Despite the fact you need to toast up the oats, with only 7 ingredients in total, these cookies are worth the extra step and I’m sure will make it onto your cookie platter.

Chocolate Chunk Oat Shortbread

From Canadian Living Holiday Baking 2015

Ingredients:

3/4 cup large flake oats

1 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/2 tsp salt

8 oz chopped semisweet chocolate

Method:

Preheat oven to 325F.  Parchment line 2 cookie sheets and set aside.

Spread oats on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until lightly toasted, about 7-10 minutes.  Cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat butter wth brown sugar until fluffy.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the oats, the flour, cornstarch and salt.

Add the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture and stir until combined.  It might be necessary to knead the batter together.  Fold in chocolate.

Roll 1 tbsp of dough into balls and press the top into the remaining oatmeal.  (Alternately, use a medium scoop for larger cookies.)  Arrange oatmeal side up about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.  Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes until edges are golden brown.  Cool completely.

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