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Rich Dark Chocolate Scones & A Cornish Cream Tea in the Garden

Rich Dark Chocolate Scones

Scones, Top of the Pops | 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. Read on to get the recipe for my rich dark chocolate scones.

Cream Tea in a Cornish Garden

I only found out about the dates last night and with only a day to go before the deadline, I had no time to lose. We’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.

Rich Dark Chocolate Scones

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 the measurements are in ounces. But don’t worry if you’re more metrically minded, I’ve also given the amounts in grams.

Rich Dark Chocolate Scones

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!

Best Chocolate Scone Topping 

We packed up a basket with the rich dark chocolate scones, Cornish clotted cream and two accompaniments. My blood orange curd was voted the favourite combination, but the blackcurrant and chilli jam was also popular. Cherry jam is also very good. What do you reckon would be the best topping?

Rich Dark Chocolate Scones – The Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Rich Chocolate Scones
Prep Time
18 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
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.
Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: British
Keywords: chocolate, cream tea, easy, quick, scones
Servings: 8 scones
Author: Choclette
Ingredients
  • 8 oz 250g flour (half wholemeal spelt, half white)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 oz 30g salted butter
  • 3 oz 80g dark chocolate 70% – whizzed to a powder or grated very finely (I used Mortimer’s Chocolate Powder -West African 70%)
  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • 2 tbsp natural yogurt
  • about ¼ pt milk
  • 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.

Other Scone Inspiration

For more scone inspiration, you can see this year’s International Scone Week round-up at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.

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44 Comments

  1. Sue/the view from great island

    16th August 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Scones are my favorite luxury breakfast, I can just imagine how amazing these would be with a big dollop of clotted cream!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th August 2014 at 6:53 pm

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

      Reply
  2. belleau kitchen

    16th August 2014 at 4:29 pm

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:30 am

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

      Reply
  3. Fiona @ London-Unattached

    16th August 2014 at 4:42 pm

    They look fab choclette! I had chocolate chip scones in Antigua and was suprised how much I liked thme!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:31 am

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

      Reply
  4. Laura Denman

    16th August 2014 at 6:13 pm

    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 =)

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:32 am

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

      Reply
  5. Laura Denman

    16th August 2014 at 6:14 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:32 am

      Hehe – I take offence so easily 😉

      Reply
  6. Emma Louise

    16th August 2014 at 7:59 pm

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:33 am

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

      Reply
  7. jess ica

    16th August 2014 at 8:25 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:37 am

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

      Reply
  8. Johanna GGG

    17th August 2014 at 12:58 am

    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 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:39 am

      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 😉

      Reply
  9. Joanne T Ferguson

    17th August 2014 at 3:50 am

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:40 am

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

      Reply
  10. Katie

    17th August 2014 at 4:56 am

    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.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:41 am

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

      Reply
  11. The Caked Crusader

    17th August 2014 at 3:58 pm

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:43 am

      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.

      Reply
  12. Emma Julia

    17th August 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Ooooh Choclette these are definitely going to ruin my diet plans!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:44 am

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

      Reply
  13. celia

    17th August 2014 at 8:28 pm

    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)! 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:46 am

      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.

      Reply
  14. Heidi Roberts

    17th August 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I had never thought of chocolate scones, what a brilliant idea!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:47 am

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

      Reply
  15. Jo

    18th August 2014 at 12:25 am

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:47 am

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

      Reply
  16. Katie @ The Perfect Brownie

    18th August 2014 at 12:48 am

    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…

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 10:49 am

      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 😉

      Reply
  17. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    18th August 2014 at 8:57 am

    Never ever having thought about chocolate scones before I am in love….

    Reply
  18. Jennifer Ferris

    18th August 2014 at 4:01 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 4:06 pm

      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?

      Reply
  19. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    18th August 2014 at 6:22 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2014 at 8:45 pm

      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.

      Reply
  20. Kavey

    18th August 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Lovely, like this idea very much!

    Reply
  21. Michaela Kenkel

    19th August 2014 at 12:05 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th August 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks Michaela – any excuse to make some delicious jam 😉

      Reply
  22. Barbara

    30th August 2014 at 8:32 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      31st August 2014 at 12:55 pm

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

      Reply

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