March 12, 2014

Dark Chocolate Chip Scones

I recently finished Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. She explores how relationships are strengthened at the table and how sharing food opens a moment of vulnerability that deepens bonds between friends. At one point in the book she points out that it is ok to still be cooking when your guests arrive. I think we get wrapped up in the idea that we can't focus on anything else while we are cooking or that we would be doing our guests a disservice by not giving them our full attention. I know when we entertain I fall into this trap of needing everything to be done and "perfect" before they arrive.

When I think back to the dinners where I needed help (and asked for it, which is the hard part) I realize those nights were different. The meal becomes more of a community effort and by working on it together each of us opened up in ways we might not just nibbling on an appetizer.

This applies to more than just dinner parties though. The other morning I had a friend over for coffee and decided to make a snack at the last minute. Normally I would have rushed around in a panic trying to make something before she got here, but instead I took my time and didn't worry if my baking would impede our conversation. It didn't of course. I mixed and kneaded and got covered in flour while we laughed and caught up. Getting warm scones right out of the oven was a nice bonus too!

An aside-if you are at all interested in cooking (or eating!) go out right now and get Bread and Wine. I will write a real review of it another day but it's phenomenal. Vulnerable and touching and inspiring. I cried (and I never cry while reading) and highlighted more than half the book. It's gooooood, darlings.

I was in the mood for chocolate when I made these scones, so I simply took the Cinnamon Sugar Scones and swapped things around. I love how adaptable scones are! The dark chocolate elevates these slightly but don't be fooled. My kids devoured these just as much as they do milk chocolate. Considering how many of these I've eaten in the last few days I may just turn into a scone by the week's end.

Have you ever tried cooking with your dinner guests? Did it stress you out or was it more enjoyable than you expected?

Dark Chocolate Chip Scones
adapted from my cinnamon sugar scones which were originally adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
3 tbs sugar (plus extra to sprinkle on top of the scones)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup dark chocolate chips
5 tbsp cold, unsalted butter (cut into 1/4 inch pieces)
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Whisk all the dry ingredients together except the chocolate. Add in the cold butter and mix with your hands or a pastry cutter until the mixture becomes sandy with only pea sized chunks of butter left. Add in the chocolate chips and stir.
Pour the milk and vanilla extract into the flour mixture and stir until combined. Pour the dough out on to a floured surface and knead into a ball. Pat the ball into a disc and cut into wedges or use a cookie cutter to cut into circles.
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle a little extra sugar on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes.


  1. I'm craving scones! Going to make Nigella's as soon as I'm done quilting my current project as a reward. And that book is wonderful! I keep putting it down so I won't finish it. Now read The Spirit of Food: Thirty-four Writers on Feasting and Fasting toward God by Leslie Leyland Fields, Nancy J. Nordenson

  2. I'm fascinated by how humans bond over food and around the table, and how it's seen time and time again in history. I love that it's an age-old part of our nature. Those scones look delicious. I've been thinking about chocolate chip scones after seeing - but not buying - them at a coffee shop recently.

  3. I have been on the hunt for an easy chocolate chip scone recipe for weeks. This is perfectly timed. Thank you!

  4. Added it to my list! So glad you're liking Bread and Wine! I can't believe I waited so long to read it.

  5. Oh the history geek in me would LOVE to read a book studying this over the course of time!

  6. I would often pick something that I can make earlier in the day and just have cooking while people arrive. For some reason it's easier for me to cook when guests arrive when it's a small group. And of course my kids are getting to the point where they don't need constant supervision which makes it all a lot less overwhelming! By the way-a paella party sounds fabulous! Do you have a recipe? I'd love to try it!


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