Thursday, February 3, 2011

Chocolate Cherry Scones

“No, I don’t want chocolate cherry scum.” Yes, those words came out of my husband’s mouth. “No, SCONES I said.” Sheesh. Then I brought them to school. A colleague said: “Those chocolate biscuits you made were really good.” WHAT?!  Call them what you want, but they’re good. And halfway nutritious.

Ok, maybe not halfway, maybe a quarter nutritious? Cherries contain melatonin, anti-oxidants, essential amino acids, and anti-inflammatories. Suuuure, you’d probably have to eat 1 3/4 pounds of cherries to get the same benefit as an Advil, but they’re YUMMY.  Baaaack to the recipe, this is a good base recipe which you could add anything your heart desired, I already have my next batches decided upon: cinnamon, cinnamon apple (just for the hubs, not for me, yucko), apricot, chocolate chip, and PUMPKIN. mmmmm.

*Oh yeah, a word about using dried fruit. I made these before with dried apricots and they came out really chewy. Like – it hurts my jaw to chew so much – chewy. So this time, I chopped my dried cherries and put them in a glass dish, covered with 1/4 cup of water, and microwaved for a generous minute. Perfect! Re-constituted fruit! Grandma would be proud. Ok, let’s get cookin’ good lookin’. That’s right, I’m talking to you cupcake. Yes I called you cupcake. On with the recipe!!

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~Peace, Love, and Breakfast Biscuits Ya’ll!

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Chocolate Cherry Scones

Yield: 12 scones

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 T baking POWDER (read carefully here Jenelle, he heeee)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 butter, chilled
1 cup filling (chopped reconstituted fruit, chocolate chips, whatever butters your biscuit)
3/4 cup half and half
1 egg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cut butter into mixture of flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Add filling and toss to mix.
In a separate cup, beat together 1/2 and 1/2 and egg, and slowly pour into dry ingredients, stirring until dough forms. Knead just until it comes together, 3 or 4 times. Don't overhandle, or you-know-who will call (the tough biscuit police).
Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured board, shape each half into a 6 inch round. Cut into 6 wedges, depending on the size desired for your scum, I mean scones!
Bake on ungreased sheet, or your favorite pizza stone :), about 20 minutes. Serve warm!

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