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Rich Chocolate Scones

5 Star, Scones | 16th August 2014 | By

It’s International Scone Week over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Now in it’s fifth year, I’m quite shocked to find that I haven’t participated since 2012. If you ever need a scone recipe, Celia’s annual round-ups of all sorts of scones from bloggers around the world is a must.

Having only found out about the dates last night and with only a day to go before the deadline, I had no time to lose. W’d been planning to visit my mother today to check on the bees and to deliver a Welsh cast iron bakestone from CT’s great grandmother. Well the weather is set to be fair, so a cream tea in the garden seems like a jolly good idea. I’ve made quite a few chocolate scones over the years, but I haven’t yet used actual dark chocolate; cocoa yes, chocolate chips yes, white chocolate yes – time to complete the set. I’ve adapted my basic scone recipe, which is the one I grew up with, so apologies that the measurements are in ounces rather than grams.

A pre tea sampling session was in order – for quality control purposes of course. The scones are quite scrumptious. They’re soft, not dry and richly chocolatey and they go fabulously well with blood orange curd. I don’t like to blow my own trumpet too much (really), but these scones are an absolute triumph and the best I’ve tasted in a long time. Off we go!

PS – of the two accompaniments I took the blood orange curd was voted the favourite combination, but the blackcurrant and chilli jam was also popular. You can see this year’s International Scone Week round-up here.

Rich Chocolate Scones
Yields 8
Soft rich dark chocolate scones make an ideal base for cherry jam, blackcurrant jam or orange curd. Delicious warm or cold, but best eaten on the day they are made.
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Prep Time
18 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
18 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 8oz (250g) flour (half wholemeal spelt, half white)
  2. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  3. 2 tsp cream of tarter
  4. 1oz (30g) salted butter
  5. 3oz (80g) dark chocolate 70% – whizzed to a powder or grated very finely (I used Mortimer’s Chocolate Powder -West African 70%)
  6. 2 tbsp double cream
  7. 2 tbsp natural yogurt
  8. about ¼ pt milk
  9. 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Rub the butter into the flour, raising agents and maca (if using) until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Stir in the chocolate powder.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the cream, yogurt and most of the milk (reserving some in case it is needed). Stir with a knife from the inside to the outside until the ingredients are just combined and form a dough – you may need to use the rest of the milk to get the right consistency.
  4. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to about 1″ thick then cut into rounds with a 2 ½ (6cm) cutter. You’ll need to re-roll the cut out bits a couple more times.
  5. Place on a lined baking tray, brush with a little milk, then bake in the top part of the oven at 200℃ for 12 minutes. Place on a cooling rack.
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      Choclette
      16th August 2014

      You know Sue, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten scones for breakfast – sounds like a splendid idea.

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    belleau kitchen
    16th August 2014

    absolutely gorgeous!… they look so well risen and perfectly formed… I have to bake scones for tomorrows village show and they’re just not going to look as good as these x

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Sorry to hear your scones weren’t placed Dom – maybe shock them with chocolate ones next year *evil smile*.

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      I’ve made chocolate chop ones too Fiona, but I reckon these are better still.

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    Laura Denman
    16th August 2014

    I use ounces for certain recipes too because they are the ones I grew up with and my mum refuses to use grams. These look lovely – I’d be tempted to spread them with peanut butter or Nutella for a bit more indulgence =)

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Hooray for ounces Laura 🙂 Now why didn’t I think of peanut butter? Lovely idea.

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    Laura Denman
    16th August 2014

    Oops, just read my comment back. I mean extra indulgence because they also look scrumptious as they are!

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    Emma Louise
    16th August 2014

    I love scones and should really have a go at making my own! These look delicious.. I would never have thought of putting orange curd on them but that sounds perfect!xx

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Thanks Emma – it really is a wonderful combination and proved to be the most popular.

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    jess ica
    16th August 2014

    Oh these look and sound delicious, I have never tried making my own! x

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Homemade scones really are the best and quite simple too – give them a go.

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    Johanna GGG
    17th August 2014

    Glad you made it -chocolate scones and orange curd sounds lovely – just the thing for a visit to the family – though hope those bees aren’t offended you are using curd not honey 🙂

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Thanks Johanna – just in time! In two years of bee keeping, they haven’t produced enough to give us any honey, so they have no right to be offended 😉

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    Joanne T Ferguson
    17th August 2014

    G’day! Your scones look terrific and wish I could try one now!
    Thanks for sharing as part of Celia’s International Scone Week too!
    Cheers! Joanne

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Thanks for coming along and taking a look. I want to catch up on some of the other recipes too.

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    Katie
    17th August 2014

    They look fantastic. I’ve never had a completely chocolate chocolate scone either. Look delicious and perfect for adding a bit of fruity jam or curd too.

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Thanks Katie – I think these might be the best chocolate ones yet!

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    The Caked Crusader
    17th August 2014

    I’m too traditional with my scones – I’ve only ever made sultana ones! These look amazing. I’m thinking they’d be great with cream and nutella on them

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Haha CC, I don’t think I’ve ever made sultana scones – I prefer plainish ones best so I have a good excuse to slather them with jam and cream.

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Thanks Emma – I don’t have the reputation as a temptress for nothing 😉

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    celia
    17th August 2014

    You’re the queen of chocolate! And your scones sound fantastic – loved that you used grated rather than melted chocolate in them (brilliant idea, btw)! 🙂

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Thanks Celia, that’s something coming from you. The chocolate I used was ready grated – I’m not sure which is more of a faff, grating chocolate or melting it.

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Thanks Heidi, they go particularly well with some jams such as cherry.

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    Jo
    18th August 2014

    I love the look of these. They’ve risen beautifully. I made plain scones last week to go with some homemade raspberry jam from my cousin but now I wish I had thought to make chocolate ones. Next time perhaps!

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Thanks Jo. You’re right raspberry jam would be good with these too.

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    Katie @ The Perfect Brownie
    18th August 2014

    You know what’s not fair? That I live in the US and have never had a proper scone. I bake my own occasionally, but I never know if I got it “right” because I’ve got nothing to compare it to. The commercial bakery scones I’ve had taste yucky and don’t look anything like the scones I’ve seen in pictures from the UK. Sigh. Someday I’m going over there just to eat scones…

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      It sounds like a trip to the UK is in order Katie. Mind you, you get good scones and you get bad ones, so make sure you pick a good tea shop 😉

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    Jennifer Ferris
    18th August 2014

    I always look forward to your posts! I will be traveling to London next year and cannot wait to try proper scones!

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Thank you Jenni, that’s a kind thing for you to say and a lovely thing to hear. Not quite sure how you find the right tea shops, but there are good scones and bad ones. Where will you be visiting?

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    Kate Glutenfreealchemist
    18th August 2014

    I have had chocolate scones on my list of must make for ages! These look lovely and just remind me that I MUST make some! Thanks!

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      Choclette
      18th August 2014

      Oh yes you must Kate. I’ve made them with cocoa before and they were good, but I reckon these made with chocolate are better.

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    Michaela Kenkel
    19th August 2014

    What delicious looking chocolate scones!! I love the idea of dark berry jams to top them off!

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    Barbara
    30th August 2014

    I may have to blog these scones when I make them…. they look FAB!

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      Choclette
      31st August 2014

      Thanks Barbara – would be great to hear what you have to say about them 🙂

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