Double Chocolate Scones
2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. plus 1 T. granulated sugar
1/3 C. unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
2 t. baking powder
6 T. cold unsalted butter, cut into thin pats
1/2 C. miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. medium-fine chopped walnuts
About 2/3 C. heavy cream
1 egg, graded "large"
Adjust rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 375° F. Butter a baking sheet
(including the sides) at least 15-1/2 by 10-1/2 inches. Trace two circles, each
6 inches in diameter, in opposite corners of the baking sheet, taking care to
leave at least 1 inch between the edge of the baking sheet and any part of a
In food processor fitted with steel blade, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder,
baking powder, and salt. At high speed, process until well-mixed, about 15 to 20
seconds. Add butter pats; process until mixture forms fine crumbs, about 30
seconds. Turn mixture into large bowl. Stir in chips and nuts until evenly
Gradually beat 2/3 cup heavy cream into the egg, beating well with fork to
combine. All at once, add to dry ingredients. With large spoon, stir to mix. All
of the dry ingredients will not be incorporated. Lightly flour your hand; with
the mixture still in the bowl, knead it gently, just until it is all gathered
into one mass. You may have to make a judgment call here, as sometimes this
dough requires another tablespoon or two of cream before it will hold together.
The dough should be slightly sticky, but stiff enough to hold its shape. (If you
wish, you can turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured board, and knead it on
that.) Do not handle the dough more than necessary.
Divide dough into two equal portions; flatten each portion into a rough circle,
then place inside one of the circles traced on the baking sheet. With lightly
floured hands, pat each portion out until it fills the traced circle. The edges
may be a bit rough in shape, but the thickness of the dough should be as even as
possible. With a lightly floured finger, poke a hole in the center of each
circle, and widen the hole to about 3/4 inch diameter.
Lightly flour a sharp knife. Score each circle into eight wedges, re-flouring
the knife lightly as necessary.
Bake the scone circles 15 to 20 minutes, turning the sheet back-to-front once
about halfway through baking time. The hole in the middle of each circle will
partially fill in during baking. When done, a toothpick inserted about an inch
from the center of a circle will emerge with a few moist crumbs still clinging
to it. Do not overbake! Remove baking sheet to cooling rack.
Allow baked scones to stand 2 minutes before cutting. To cut, use a small,
sharp, serrated knife to saw gently through the score marks in each circle (I
find it best to cut from the outer edge inward). You'll have to rinse and dry
the knife blade frequently to keep the cuts neat. Remove scones to cooling rack
with broad-bladed metal spatula to cool slightly. Serve warm, or cool completely
before storing or freezing.