Blood Orange & Chocolate Chip Scones

Last call for blood oranges!

Winter is almost over (another 20 days!), and the thaw begins.

I was able to find a bag of Sunkist Blood Oranges at Trader Joe's for $2.99. Bargain.

These chocolate chip scones are the bomb.....I added orange zest and made a pretty in pink icing with the juice from the blood orange.

Think spring!

Blood Orange & Chocolate Chip Scones:

2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
zest of 1 blood orange
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 Tablespoons (115g) unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (180g) chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, light brown sugar, orange zest, baking powder, and salt. Grate the frozen butter into the bowl with a box grater (makes life much easier).

Toss the grated butter into the flour mixture and combine it with a pastry cutter, your fingers, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the cream, egg, and vanilla together.

Drizzle it over the flour mixture and then toss the mixture together with a rubber spatula until everything appears moistened.

Slowly and gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Do not overwork the dough. Dough will be a little wet and sticky.

Work the dough into a ball with floured or wet hands as best you can and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

Press into an 8″ disc and cut into equal wedges with a very sharp knife.
You can also drop lumps of dough onto the baking sheet, or use a biscuit cutter.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

Blood Orange Icing:

1 cup of confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
4 tbsp of juice from the blood orange

Whisk the powdered sugar w/ the juice, if it is too dry, add in more juice or a tsp of milk.

Drizzle the blood orange icing over the warm scones and let cool completely. Icing will harden.

These are delicious!