11/8/08

cinnamon-chocolate scones

For all you dessert foodies out there - do you remember the show on Food TV called Sweet Dreams with Gale Gand? I loved that show because of her and her perfect culinary creations. She was beyond talented when it came to making perfect desserts, pastries, etc... A true master in creating creative sweet treats; nothing was the norm with this chef, she was so very inventive when it came to desserts as well as making them look absolutely perfect. Talk about kicking it up a notch, oh yes she did that and then some! Even the tinest of candies or pastries she made them perfectly and with such ease. I made a point of trying my best to copy down her recipes after each episode, since her cookbooks are fairly expensive. Is Santa reading this? If so, Gale Gand cookbooks are at the top of my list as well as a new Simmons Beautyrest Black Edition mattress.
This recipe of chocolate-cinnamon scones is one of hers that I've adpated slightly. If you are a scone lover as I am then you simply must try this.

cinnamon-chocolate scones
Adapted from Butter Sugar Flour Eggs by Gale Gand

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 ts baking powder
1/4 ts salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick of unsalted butter, cold
1 ¼ cups of milk (whole is best)1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chunks
Heavy cream for brushing (optional)
Coarse sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), mix the dry ingredients.
Cut the stick of butter into pieces, and with the mixer running, and add the butter and mix until coarse and sandy. You should still be able to see small lumps of butter. Mix in the milk until almost combined.
Next, add the chocolate chunks and mix just to distribute them evenly through the dough. Do not over mix; there may still be some flour not mixed in.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough 10 times to bring it together and smooth it out.
Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough 1-inch thick.
Using a biscuit cutter, cut out circles.
Using a spatula, transfer to an ungreased sheet pan.
Knead the scraps together just until combined, then roll out again and continue cutting out circles until all the dough is used.
I brushed the tops of the scones with some heavy cream and a few extra sprinkles of raw/course sugar
Bake until light golden brown, about 15 minutes +/- depending on your oven.

Cook notes: I cut my scones into rectangles and made them thicker by forming them to be thicker before baking; I like thick scones, so do what you want. I also brushed the tops with heavy cream before baking and sprinkled them with coarse sugar before baking as well.
I drizzled melted caramel on the scones once they were cooled. You could try doing this with melted chocolate too.

39 comments:

  1. I used to watch "Sweet Dreams" all the time!! I think it's still on Food Network at 3:00am or something now, haha :-)

    SCONES!!!!!!! Yes, please.

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  2. Yes I do remember her show! I loved watching it back in the days... I allways love the cinnamon anc chocolate combo and of couse I love scones as well (oh surprise!), so what can I say? I'll bring the tea!

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  3. Cinnamon and chocolate, that has to be one of the tastiest flavor combos. Scones and tea? Another great couple :).

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  4. Those scones sound delicious. Cinnamon & chocolate together...mmmmmm! Yes, my Mom had a bell jar for butter...wonder what happened to it?

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  5. WOw, I just had dinner, but I want to eat some of these NOW!!! ;)

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  6. Ah, I used to love watching that show too, along with Jacques Torres. She pretty much moved through the entire spectrum of desserts. You can still get the recipes at the FN website, right?
    Anyway, the scones look delicious. Delicious enough so my appetite isn't dashed by Fat Bastard, lol. It's so weird seeing Rob Lowe in that role, after watching Brothers & Sisters!

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  7. Why can't you have both?

    You could read the cookbook while laying in your new bed :-)

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  8. With the butter...OMG looks delicious...and the choc-cinna combo is to die for.

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  9. Crap. It's 6:30 and I am FAMISHED with nothing to eat in the house. Why, oh why did I have to see these?!!!

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  10. I love this combination in the scones--they look fantastic! And yes, I loved Gale's show, too. I have her Butter, Sugar, Flour, Eggs book on my cookbook shelf (more like shelves, hehe). I just have to get around to finally making something from it! There's a cake in there that she makes with candied pink grapefruit peels that I've always wanted to try.

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  11. And I thought what we had for breakfast was good! These look completely decadent :) Love the caramel addition!

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  12. Ah that looks so good!!!

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  13. I adore scones and those look fabulous! If you live in the neighborhood of the Dan'l Webster Inn, you must be close to Dunbar's Tea Shop. Lucky you! I love that place. Their tea and scones with clotted cream is total YUM.

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  14. I totally remember that show!!! I love love love chocolate and cinnamon together!

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  15. The first cookie that I made of Gale Gand's was her thumbprint cookie and I scored big!!!!LOL!
    I definitely was in her corner when she was on Iron Chef, but alas she lost! Did you see that episode?
    Anyway, these scones look so decadently good and would go nicely with with my chai.
    Dawn thank you for that nice pep talk about my cat . I am now volunteering at the Dumb Friend's league once a week. I do have three other cats at home to keep me busy, they are indoor cats.

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  16. mmmmmmmmmmm that looks so good :) i love the sauce. and the combination of chocolate and cinnamon sounds heavenly!

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  17. You know there were fights to win licking the bowl of caramel sauce, right?

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  18. I got all the stuff to make the corn dogs ! And now you give us another "TO DIE FOR RECIPE"!! I love you Dawn!!

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  19. I love cinnamon anything - espcially scones. This recipe looks amazing.

    I never saw Sweet Dreams but I'll check out some of her cookbooks from the library.

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  20. I totally watched sweet dreams too! That was back in the day when I watched FN all the time. I loved it. Your scones look gorgeous, as usual!

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  21. i remember gale gand. good eats. i'm not usually a fan of scones, but i certainly can't resist the combo of chocolate and cinnamon, especially with that glorious drizzle... :)

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  22. WOW these look amazing. I love the combination of flavours.

    zesty

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  23. I love scones! Can't wait to try these. And Gale is a genius! Love her!

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  24. These look remarkable. I love the chocolate cinnamon combo! (and the butter... well, that just takes these over the top). Yum.

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  25. Hahha I don't know what I laughed at more... your scone excitement or the Austin Powers clip. Both were great :)

    I always love hearing about grandma stories. Every time they revolve around food and just hanging out. It's like the best job ever.

    Oh, and um that sauce on the scones is a killer. Yup, show that pic around so I can invest in caramel stock and be a billionaire.

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  26. I just love cinnamon scones & can only imagine they'd be made better with the addition of chocolate

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  27. Oh I always loved Sweet Dreams too! I remember being home sick from school one week with a terrible flu and watching her every day at 3pm. I learned how to make tootsie rolls from her!! These look incredible!

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  28. Hey Dawn! Love your other husband! haha

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  29. I like Gale too. Used to watch her at Food Network. I love scones and I love the combinations for Chocolate and Cinnamom..yum!!

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  30. those scones look amazing! anyway that i can incorporate chocolate into my breakfast or brunch menu is a definite plus!

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  31. Hi again, Dawn!

    Just wanted to let you know I left a little award for you at my blog. Thank you for all your inspiraton...Happy cooking!

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  32. Oh my! I love scones but the sweet freak in me sometimes wants something a little sweeter than a normal scone. The caramel sauce is the perfect solution!

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  33. Chocolate and cinnamon...wow - I bet this was great!
    -DTW
    [www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com]

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  34. Oh gosh Dawn! I already have so many things to bake this week and stuff I baked last week too and now you have gone and post about scones. I do love scones. I have bookmarked this and will resist the tempatation to make this before the end of the week.

    The thing about all is this baking is that all I want is a little taste and I am good to go. Have to find people to pass off all these goodies to. :)

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  35. Oh, quick question on the recipe, you wrote 3 tb baking powder. Was that 3 table spoons? or 3 teaspoons?

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  36. Oh man I love scones! Aren't they truly addictive? Add in some chocolate and you have a little piece of heaven.

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  37. Dawn I had to let you know that I made the corn dogs lastnight and they were a huge hit with everybody!! I even made the baked beans with it!! Thanks!

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  38. Scones with chocolate, cinnamon and caramel...mm...

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