Cold, rainy days always make me think of England. It’s my favorite kind of weather. I’ve spent a couple trips over there and each time, at least a few days here and there would consist of my ideal climate. It’s the perfect sort of weather (or excuse, rather) to stay indoors and cozy up on the couch to a good movie. Tuesday was that kind of day. We’re a handful of days into December, my Christmas tree is up, the mantel is decked out and there’s one spot on the couch where you can see all the little twinkling lights from the tree perfectly while you watch tv. It’s heavenly.
It’s been odd settling into a new house. This is my second Christmas here and I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of it. Last year, I was doing a bit of work on the house and it was still in a bit of a mess, but this year, the front three rooms where I spend the majority of my time are almost finished. It’s starting to feel more like a home than just a house I’m spending some time in and leave it to Christmas decorations to make you fall a little more in love with a space. Is there anything better than tiny lights on a string? I swear, they have magical powers.
On one of my trips to England, my sister went with me and I wanted her to have every English experience she could possibly have. One afternoon, we took a trip outside of the town we were staying in, to this quintessential little English village that I can’t seem to remember the name of. It was as if we had stepped back in time. Old buildings with thatched rooftops. We found this darling little tea house and got our pinkies ready. I think I ordered one of every baked good on the menu and we sat down to a long afternoon of piping hot tea, scones with clotted cream and jam and loads of laughs in a sleepy little storybook village.
It’s hard not to get hooked on scones when you’re in England. They’re sort of like a tiny, slightly sweeter version of what we would call a biscuit. While the scones we’re making today don’t even come close to resembling English scones, that’s okay, because they’re still incredibly delicious and you’re going to be floored at how easy they are to make. I’m a nervous baker. I know…I own a cookie company and I’m a nervous baker. Doesn’t make sense, but the cookies I make, I’ve mastered over the years. I can make them blindfolded in my sleep and they’ll always turn out the same. Cakes, pies, breads and the like? Completely different story. I don’t make any of these enough to really know exactly what I’m looking for, so I hold my breath until it gets a review from an outside source. These scones are meant for the non-baker/nervous baker, because there’s zero chance you can mess them up. If you want a great food gift to give to neighbors or a treat for your family on Christmas morning, hold on to this recipe. These scones are it.
Chocolate Chip SconesSERVES PrintDownload
- 3 1/2 cups flour, plus more for kneading
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 4 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips
- 2-2 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- coarse sugar for sprinkling on top of the scones
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients together along with the chocolate chips.
- Stir in the cream just until everything begins to come together. Turn it out onto a big floured cutting board.
- Knead the dough for a couple of minutes. Divide the dough in half and then pat each piece into a round, flat circle.
- Cut each piece into 8 triangles and place the triangles on the parchment lined baking sheets.
- Brush the tops of the the scones with the melted butter and then sprinkle a little coarse sugar on top.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the scones are light brown.