Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hazelnut Chip Scones

If you've been following at all, you know that I love scones and love trying new scone recipes!  Ranee passed this one on for me to sample.  So yummy!  And a bonus that I had leftover hazelnut cream in my fridge for a coffee treat.  Call me crazy, but I think I would actually like them better without the chocolate chips.

4 cups flour
3 Tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cups cold butter
1 egg (separated)
1 1/2 cups hazelnut creamer (or substitute your favorite cream flavor - or just us plain)
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Sift together dry ingredients.  Cut in 3/4 cups butter using two knives or a pastry cutter.

Whisk together 1 egg yolk, and 1 1/2 cups creamer.  Add this to the dry mixture, stirring just until moistened.  Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Turn dough onto a light floured surface and knead 10 times or so until it forms a ball.  Pat dough into two 7-inch circles and cut each into 8 wedges.  Separate and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Beat egg white and brush over unbaked scones.  Sprinkle with a little additional sugar.

Bake at 425 for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.

If you're really in the mood for a special treat, whip up some spiced butter while they're baking!  Next time I'll leave out the chocolate chips and go for the butter:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Beat all ingredients until smooth and serve with warm scones.

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