Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies. As children, my siblings and I loved chocolate chip pancakes. It was like having dessert for breakfast!!! Even now, IHOP has beautiful chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream served to anyone who’s sweet tooth will not wait for the afternoon. Why not make a chocolate chip scone? Valentine’s day is coming up, and chocolate will be celebrated almost as much as love. I LOVE chocolate!!! Dark, milk, and white in all of their various forms. So to have tiny tidbits of chocolate throughout my tea-bread is a delight. Though I am sure any tea would be lovely with chocolate, my favorite is a straight black tea. Many tea companies are selling chocolate tea! My Morning Mate from Teavana, I purchased recently, has cocoa nibs that blend well with the morning cuppa. If you were to serve this as apart of an afternoon tea, I would serve it strictly with whipped cream, and possibly strawberry jam (in honor of chocolate covered strawberries). A little while ago I drank some Earl Grey with these scones. The orange flavoring complimented the chocolate well; but of course, it is Ina’s favorite combination!! 🙂 I hope you enjoy these with some strong black tea when chocolate is calling your name!
Chocolate Chip Scones
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons-2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet your chocolate chips are)
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup half and half
1 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together. Cut in the butter with two forks or a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly. Add the chocolate chips. Beat together the egg, half and half, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until just formed. On a lightly floured board, knead the dough seven times. Then roll out to ½ inch thickness and cut into desired shapes (I used circles). Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.
Makes 8-9 scones.