Here is a drool-worthy recipe that Joel makes, inspired by the 1997 edition of The Joy of Cooking with just a very few personal touches (to up the flavors). It’s perfect for tea time, breakfast, or . . .really anytime you want a scrumptious dessert!
Orange-glazed, Chocolate Chip Scones
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Stir together thoroughly (by hand) in a mixing bowl:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar (or just 1/3 cup if you plan to eat it with jam or don’t want it very sweet)
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons of cold butter, cut into chunks
Blend with a pastry blender (or a big fork) until the chunks are no more than pea-sized, but take care not to let the butter melt. It needs to be a little chunky still.
Finally, add 1 cup chocolate chips and stir until evenly mixed throughout
In a separate bowl, stir together:
1 large egg
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon grated zest from an orange
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and stir just enough to moisten.
Gather into a bowl and knead gently against the sides of the bowl until most all of the flour has been incorporated into the ball and the bowl is fairly clean. (This shouldn’t take more than 5-6 times; don’t overwork!) Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat into an 8” round (which should be about ¾ inches thick).
Cut into 8 wedges (or up to 12 small ones, depending on how many people you want to serve). Bigger ones are moister, and they’re so good even children can usually happily eat a large one. Place at least a half an inch apart on a cookie sheet.
Brush the tops with cream (or milk).
Bake in the preheated over for 12-15 minutes, until starting to turn a golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool down to warm.
While still warm, frost with a glaze made from:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon softened butter
2 tablespoons orange zest plus enough juice to make a thick frosting. (If you make it too thin, it will all drip off. The cooler the scones, the thinner you can make the frosting.)
Serve warm. They really don’t need butter, clotted cream (whipped cream), or jam, but suit yourself!
“Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart:
so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel” (Proverbs 27:9).