By Eat More Chocolate Team Breads & Muffins, Miscellaneous Breakfast Baking
June 14, 2015
These crumbly, yet moist triple chocolate scones taste like warm brownies from the oven.
Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Adjust baking rack to the middle-low position. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Grate the frozen butter (I used a box grater; a food processor also works - here is the one I own and love). Toss the grated butter into the flour mixture and combine it with a pastry cutter, your fingers, or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk the cream, egg, and vanilla together. Drizzle it over the flour mixture and then toss the mixture together with a rubber spatula until everything appears moistened. Add more heavy cream, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it comes together, if needed. Slowly and gently fold in the chopped chocolate. Try your best to not overwork the dough at any point. Work the dough into a ball with floured hands (I flour mine with a mix of cocoa powder and flour) as best you can and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Press into a neat 8″ disc and cut into 8 equal wedges with a very sharp knife. Separate the scones and line them on the baking sheet with a little space between each one.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through; use a toothpick to check for doneness--a toothpick inserted will come out mostly clean. Remove scones from the oven and allow to cool for just a couple minutes. During this time (or while the scones are baking) prepare the glaze by whisking the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and water together until smooth and thin. Dunk warm scones into the water and place on a wire rack with a baking sheet or paper towels underneath to catch the glaze as it drips down. The glaze will set after several minutes, but you can serve right away. Before serving, melt the 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring after each increment until melted. Drizzle over scones.
Make ahead tip: Scones are best enjoyed right away, though leftover scones keep well at room temperature for 2 extra days. Scones that have been glazed (or not glazed) freeze well, up to 3 months.
1 and 2/3 cups (210g) all-purpose flour (careful not to overmeasure)
1/3 cup (26g) unsweetened cocoa powder (dutch process is OK)
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon (135ml) heavy cream
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped1
GLAZE + TOPPING:
1 cup (120g) confectioners' sugar
2 Tablespoons (30ml) water (black coffee works too!)