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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.

Dark Chocolate Orange Scones

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.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 12 scones

Ingredients

  • 1 Orange
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • a pinch of Sea Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Cold Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • about ½ cup of Milk
  • ½ cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Zest the orange using a microplane. You will need 2 tablespoons of zest. Then slice the orange in half and squeeze out 3 ½ tablespoons of juice. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together. I recommend using a whisk because it will remove any clumps.
  4. Crack the egg into a one cup liquid measuring cup. Add 2 tablespoon of the orange juice, and whisk to combine. Then add enough milk so that the mixture measure 200 ml (7 ounces). Whisk to combine.
  5. Next, take a cheese grater, and use the grater to grate the butter into the flour mixture. Then use your fingers to mix the butter into the flour, until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of the orange zest, and the dark chocolate chips.
  6. Use a fork and stir about ¾ of the milk mixture into the flour mixture. You want the dough to be soft and just slightly sticky. You will have some of the milk mixture leftover, and you will need it later.
  7. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead gently until the dough is evenly mixed. Use your hands to flatten the dough until it is ¾ of an inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter to form the scones, or use a knife to slice them into triangles.
  8. Arrange the scones on a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving 2 fingers space between each scone. Carefully brush the tops of the scones with the remaining milk mixture, making sure that none of the milk mixture runs down the sides of the scones.
  9. Bake the scones for 9-12 minutes, until golden brown.
  10. Mix up the orange glaze by combining the powdered sugar, remaining orange zest, and remaining orange juice. Let the scones cool for a few minutes, then brush them with the orange glaze.

Recipe Notes

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.