Monday, April 21, 2014
Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones
I'm slacking at blogging again.
You guys have nooo idea how long it's taken for me to get this blog post published. I've had to rewrite it twice because it became dated and irrelevant.
While my busy schedule has been partially to blame, my lack of blogging is also because I've been cooking a lot of boring things. James and I have been on a bit of a health kick (to counteract the effects of our prior wine and Indian food kick) and I don't think you guys want to see photos of salmon and asparagus three times a week.
Since one cannot live on salmon alone, I made these incredible lightened up scones last month that don't taste a tiny bit light. These aren't actually healthy. They still contain butter, flour, and chocolate, and if you eat the whole batch your thighs will start to look like cottage cheese...however, they have about 200 fewer calories than their full fat counterpart and will subdue a chocolate craving without completely derailing your diet.
Enough about cottage cheese thighs and calories...on to happy news!
Those of you who have been around for awhile may remember that my sister and I used to blog here together. Annie quit a couple years ago because she is too busy shaping the minds of impressionable youths to take photos of scones. Anyway, two Fridays ago she got engaged! Her fiancé has been a member of our family for a long time, but I'm very excited to officially call him my brother-in-law at some point in the near (no pressure, Annie and Scott!) future.
I got to see her gorgeous new bling in person last weekend, because she came to town for my birthday! It wasn't just any birthday...April 18th was the big 3-0. I spent a long time dreading turning 30, but I'm happy to report that I feel exactly the same as I did when I was 29. It certainly doesn't hurt that I still get carded...when that stops, I'll officially have an issue with aging.
Here's what you'll need to make 8 delicious scones:
3/4 cup cold buttermilk
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Coarse sugar, for sprinkling (I can never find this in stores, so I bought it here)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sugar, vanilla extract, and egg.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the pieces of butter with a dough blender (OXO is totally not paying me to say this, but I hated every dough blender I had until I got that one. It works SO well) until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
Gently fold in chocolate chips. Slowly add the buttermilk mixture, stirring just until moist.
Generously flour a cutting board, and transfer the dough (it will be very sticky) to the board. Lightly knead the dough four times with floured hands, and transfer the dough ball to the prepared baking sheet. Pat into a 9-inch disc, about 3/4 inch thick, and cut into 8 wedges all the way through.
Brush the dough with the egg white, and generously sprinkle with sugar. Bake scones 18-20 minutes, until golden. The scones will most likely be touching again after you've baked them, but they can be easily separated with a knife by scoring along the cuts you made before baking. Serve warm!
Adapted from Skinnytaste
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