Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Favorite Scones

I find myself buying scones every time I go to Panera. As much as I love the cinnamon kind, I never got around to making them. It seems that chocolate chips and blueberry scones are the most common flavors to bake maybe because cinnamon chips are so hard to find or only available during the Holidays.

Well.......Search no longer! I came across this great recipe for cinnamon chips so I thought I should start baking right away.

I have been baking dozens of scones ever since. I have shared them around and around. No one seems disappointed and my father-in-law wants "encore, encore and encore". Which certainly is  a compliment since he is a great baker himself.


Enough talking...let's get cooking...

Cinnamon Chips

Ingredients:
Makes approximately 2 cups.

2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
3 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Shortening
2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees

Mix ingredients together with a fork. It will take a while and the dough should look like the one  pictured above when it is ready. Not too gooey or too dry

With your fingers spread the dough flat onto a piece of parchment paper that has been sprayed lightly.
Bake for 35 minutes and let cool completely

Slice the dough into strips and then cut across to make small squares

When the entire dough is sliced into cubes, I place them in a paper bag for about 24 hours to give them time to dry a bit and then I transfer them to a Ziploc bag until needed

At this point, the consistency of these chips is so soft that they will blend a little too well with the scones dough if used right away. Trust me on this one. I could not wait to bake and ended up with chip less but very flavorful scones! So if you are a chippy kind of person, wait a day or two to use the cinnamon chips.

Scones

Ingredients:

2 cups All Purpose flour
1/3 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
8 Tablespoons (1 Stick) Unsalted Butter, Frozen
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 Large Egg
1/2 Cup Cinnamon chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to food processor. Mix well.
Cut the butter into small squares, add to the flour mixture and pulse until blended. The flour mixture should look dense but not clumpy at this point.
Blend sour cream and egg together in a small bowl and add to the flour mixture. Pulse until a ball of dough starts to form. Add Cinnamon Chips or Chocolate chips. Pulse a few more times until blended and a ball has formed.
Remove dough and place onto a lightly floured surface to form a disk about 3/4 inch think. Sprinkle with a little bit of sugar and slice the dough into 8 triangles. Place wedges on a silpad non stick mat or parchment paper and bake for 15 to 17 minutes. The top should be slightly brown. You do not want to overcook them.

I love my "France" Glass. Thanks to my friend Mary Evans for thinking of me. She also gave me a "Paris" one to go with that one.

Love me some cinnamon scones
I didn't really eat two, although I think I could have

I also made a batch of Chocolate Chip Scones

Can you see the choc chips?
Yummy

1 comment:

  1. These sound wonderful! I just had some incredible lemon poppy seed ones and want to make some of those. Thanks for sharing.

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