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BBD#18: Quadruple Chocolate Scones & Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Scones

by Laura on March 30, 2009


What does quick bread say to you? Sure I know that loads of baked goods are technically quick breads, but for some reason when I read that this month’s Bread Baking Day theme was quick bread all I could think of was pumpkin bread, zucchini bread and banana bread–the first 2 of which are not really seasonal right now (for me anyway) and, well, let’s just say my aversion to bananas is legendary. Even lemon blueberry bread seems oddly out of place with berry season approaching so quickly but not here yet–and I think I have used nearly all of last summer’s blueberries anyway.

breadbakingday #18 - last day of submisson April 1

So I have been hemming and hawing over my participation.

In the meantime, I was thumbing through one of my dessert books when I saw a chocolate chip scone referred to as a quick bread.

Now there was an idea.

Don’t get me wrong, I know scones are quick breads, but somehow I just had not been thinking about any scones, let alone Quadruple Chocolate Scones or Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Scones as quick bread.

But I am a fast learner.

In the meantime Nick Malgieri’s The Modern Baker had arrived in the mail, courtesy of a sale, and I thought I had remembered seeing some chocolatey scones in there, and I was not disappointed. I settled on the Quadruple Chocolate Scones only to see the Butterscotch Scones, with their chocolate chip laden option, at which point I decided I would make both. As my regular readers know, I believe in freezing scones and eating them fresh, so now I have a boatload of frozen dessert scones in my freezer. I made just enough today for us all to try both kinds, fresh and several hours after the fact.

The verdicts? The Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Scones are just hands down terrific. Best fresh, but still great later in the day. Like a chocolate chip cookie scone–but still a scone. Definitely on the sweet side for a scone, but not, in my opinion, too sweet.

The Quadruple Chocolate Scones are excellent but I would do 3 things differently next time. First, I would remember to mix in the chocolate chips at the appropriate moment (ooops). Because I had to fold them in, some bites had a good amount of chocolate and some were bereft–and I really wanted the chocolate. Second, I would use more chocolate chips, just a tad more. And third, I would brush the tops with butter and sprinkle them with coarse sugar because the interior of this scone bordered on dry (in that scone/cocoa powder way–and maybe I needed a fuller fat milk?) and not quite sweet enough. The directions below reflect these changes. Having said all that, my daughter (Alex, the elder at 3.5 YO) strongly preferred the less sweet all chocolate scones. I think maybe Sammy did too, but getting a definitive opinion out of her is harder–she’s 2.

Oh, and if you are looking for Malgieri’s Quadruple Chocolate scones in the book? His are triple chocolate, but I prefer a combination of semi and bitter sweet chocolate chips. And I am too lazy to chop chunks like he does–Ghiradelli is fine by me.

One other note: next time I might make all of the scones smaller. As is each recipe makes 12 pretty large scones. My kids had a hard time finishing 1/2 scone each.

These scones are my submission to Bread Baking Day #18, Quick Breads, hosted by Fun And Food Blog. Head over there in early April to see what everyone else made.


Quadruple Chocolate Scones
Adapted from The Modern Baker, Nick Malgieri

3 oz milk chocolate, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder (I used Valrhona)
1/3 cup sugar
2 2/3 cups (336 g) AP flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
6 T unsalted butter, cold, cut into 12 pieces
4 oz bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli)
4 oz semi sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli)
1 large egg
3/4 cup whole milk

melted butter and coarse sugar for the tops before baking

Preheat the oven to 400F with a rack placed in the middle.

Combine the milk chocolate, cocoa powder and sugar in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground but be careful not to over-process or the mixture will melt. If the chocolate is not grinding finely enough, leave it as it will eventually grind down with the flour.

Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Pulse 5 or 6 times to mix thoroughly or until the remaining chocolate pieces are ground. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles cornmeal with lumps no bigger than peas.

Remove the mixture to a large bowl. Mix the chocolate chips in. Whisk together the egg and milk and then pour into the dry mixture. Toss together with 2 forks until the mixture is moistened. Dump it all onto the counter and knead until it is a cohesive ball (just a few folds–do not over-knead).

Use a bench scraper or knife to divide the dough into 3 equal pieces for 12 scones (you could also divide in half and do 8 wedges per disc and so forth and so-on). Shape each piece into a ball and then pat it into a disc with a 5 inch diameter (6-7 inches for the 8 wedge version). Use the scraper or knife to cut into 4 equal sized triangles.

Place the scones on a baking sheet lined with silicone or parchment paper (or freeze them at this point on a lined baking sheet). Brush each scone with melted butter and sprinkle coarse sugar over the top. Bake for 15 minutes until the scones are well risen and firm to the touch.

Serve as fresh as possible.


Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Scones
Adapted from The Modern Baker, Nick Malgieri

3 cups (378 g) AP flour, plus 2 t (I added the extra flour in to compensate for the vanilla I also added)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 12 pieces
8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (can sub half and half)
2 t vanilla

*Malgieri uses a food processor for this recipe as well, but I actually prefer making scones by hand.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the brown sugar, whisking thoroughly to break up the brown sugar. Add the salt and cut it in with a pastry cutter (or your fingers), being sure to also break down any remaining lumps of brown sugar. Add the chocolate chips and mix in.

Whisk together the eggs, cream and vanilla. Add to the dry mixture and toss with 2 forks to evenly moisten the dough. Turn out onto a clean work surface. Knead the dough quickly, folding over several times, to form a cohesive ball.

Use a bench scraper or knife to divide the dough into 3 equal pieces for 12 scones (you could also divide in half and do 8 wedges per disc and so forth and so-on). Shape each piece into a ball and then pat it into a disc with a 5 inch diameter (6-7 inches for the 8 wedge version). Use the scraper or knife to cut into 4 equal sized triangles.

Place the scones on a baking sheet lined with silicone or parchment paper (or freeze them at this point on a lined baking sheet). Bake for 15 minutes until the scones are well risen and golden brown.

Serve as fresh as possible.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

recipes2share March 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I think Valrhona is one of the best brands chocolate to use. The molten scones look absolutely yummy!

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HoneyB March 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Laura, you would so make my day if you would come to my door with an assortment of your scones. :-p

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Arundathi March 30, 2009 at 11:17 pm

the molten scones look fabulous. its 9.30 am and I’m craving chocolate…not good!!

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Elyse March 31, 2009 at 1:58 am

I think we must be quite alike, you see, today I was in the book store, and instead of getting one baking book, I got two. You, instead of making one scone, made two. The more, the better, when it comes to baking!! Both of these scones look totally stellar. I need to definitely invest in the Modern Baker (which will make 3 news books :) ). Fabulous job!

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Grace March 31, 2009 at 8:55 am

oooh, glorious melted-chocolate food porn. my day is now complete. :)

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Vicci March 31, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Laura, I couldn’t even comment when I saw this post last evening… I have given up chocolate for Lent, and have cut out snacking after dinner in order to lose a few pounds, so when I saw these glorious, chocolate-y, melt-y scones I became quite emotional. I got tears in my eyes! Those look wonderful, and I want to make them as soon as I can. :)

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Robin Sue March 31, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Your scones look delish, especially that chocolate one up there with more chocolate oozing out of it. Wow!

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noble pig March 31, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Oh my word these sound awesome. That chocolate one looks…well…amazing!

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Olga March 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm

omg, Could I please have the quadruple chocolate scone? That looks divine!

By the way, I’ve met Nick several times: the man can ice a cake like no one else.

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Erin from Long Island April 1, 2009 at 12:55 am

i can not thank you enough for this! i almost never bake and i just finished the last of the cookie dough i stock-piled and was gonna look for a new idea….this is perfect!

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zorra April 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Yum, as a chocoholic I need to make these scones soon!

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Anonymous April 9, 2009 at 4:49 pm

BUTTERSCOTCH CHOCOLATE SCONES?!?!? wow – i WISH i had the time to make these! They sound and look amazing! Miss you guys! -Mallory

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