Dark Chocolate Orange Scones bring the classic Italian flavor combination of orange and dark chocolate together with scones, a classic British pastry. Dark Chocolate Orange Scones are flavored with orange zest and fresh orange juice for a bright fresh orange flavor. The burst of dark chocolate gives the scones a taste that might remind you of the dark chocolate oranges that are popular at Christmastime.
I used a 2-inch round biscuit cutter to cut out the scones. If you don’t have a biscuit cutter, you can use a knife to cut the scones into triangles. The baking time will vary based on the size and thickness of the scones. I recommend checking on the scones after they have baked for 8 minutes, and cooking them until they are golden brown, being sure to keep a close eye on them. There are two secrets to getting your scones to rise. First you need your oven to be hot, let it reach 425 before you place the scones in the oven. Secondly, when you brush the egg and milk mixture on top of the scones, only brush it on the top of the scone. Don’t let it run down the sides of the scones. This will result in lopsided scones.