So, I did promise the recipe for the scones…
Below are my VD scones (though I didn’t put enough baking soda in, and ended up making oversized cookies. They are supposed to look a bit better than this normally):
- 230 g flour
- 11 g baking soda
- 60g butter
- 1 teaspoon caster sugar
- 145 mL of milk
- 1 tablespoon Orange Blossom water
- 120g chocolate, chopped into coarse bits
- Zest of half an orange, chopped into tiny bits
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven at 200°C. Leave the butter out to soften a bit.
- Sift the flour, the sugar and the baking soda in a bowl, and gently rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the milk little by little, until you have a spongy dough.
- Work in the orange blossom water, the orange zest and the chocolate chips until the dough is smooth and uniform.
- Grease a baking sheet. Divide the dough into 8-9 parts and shape it like cylinders (roughly 5cm across, 1cm thick). Or, if it’s too much trouble, just put dollops of the dough onto the baking sheet
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the scones are risen and light golden in colour.
(I originally was looking for a chocolate and orange scone recipe after eating very tasty ones in Montreal, but couldn’t find one that worked on the net. In the end, I adapted this from the plain oven scones recipe contained in Scottish Teatime Recipes by Johanna Mathie)