Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Chocolate Scones with Candy Cane Kisses...

Today is Day 3 of "GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN WEEK" at Echoes of Laughter...and I bring you Chocolate Scones with Candy Cane Kisses. {and while I share yummy treats with you, it also becomes my "My Pants Get Tighter Week".}'s no secret that I love scones. And I am so sorry if you have only had scones that are dry and sawdust-y type things because they are supposed to be tender and lovely to eat, with  freshness to make you swoon in delight, and if these are not the types of scones you have tried....then you are totally getting a bum wrap!

I put these flavours together for Christmas, and then wrapped it all up with more drizzled chocolate on top and chopped candy cane kisses.
The results are yummy!
Chocolate Scones with Candy Cane Kisses
{makes 16 small scones}
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold butter
2/3 cup milk or cream
1 large egg beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coarse chopped Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
For the tops of scones:
3/4 cup white chocolate, melted for drizzling {I used white chocolate wafers}
1/2 cup finely chopped Candy Cane Kisses
1. Preheat oven to 375. In large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, white sugar, baking powder & salt. Cut in cold butter with 2 forks or pastry blender until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Mix in 3/4 cup chopped candy cane kisses and walnuts.
2. In small bowl, whisk together milk or cream, egg & vanilla. Pour into flour mixture. Mix until just blended. {Add a little more milk or cream if mixture seems too dry.}
3. Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface and knead gently 6-8 times. {Tip: flour your hands and the dough won't stick to your hands as much!}
4. Divide dough in half. Pat each dough ball into a round circle about 7 inches around. With sharp knife, cut each circle into 8 wedges.
5. Place wedges {you can use a knife for a spatula to move the pieces} on large cookie sheet.
Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean and scones are puffed up and golden. Cool scones on wire rack.
6. To finish scones, drizzle white chocolate on top and finish with a sprinkle of chopped candy cane kisses. Let chocolate 'set' before serving.
And now you have a treat that is full of Christmas cheer to share with friends, co-workers or neighbours.
Be sure to visit Day 1 and Day 2 of "GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN WEEK".

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