27 August 2012

chocolate malt cream scones



So I make scones at work. Everyday. Always baking them off to that golden edged perfection. Their is a sweet and a more savory one. The scent of the butter and sugar with the unique ingredients like orange blossom and herbs takes over the whole kitchen. I love the smell of them. So even after making them everyday, I come home and still want to make more, but these for me. I wanted some kind of a classic scones with just a bit of a kick. So after searching through my cupboards, I found a bottle of malted milk powder that I had completely forgotten about. I know their were bars of chocolate somewhere. So it was decided, Chocolate Malt Cream Scones.

After waiting the exceeding long 15 minutes for then to bake in the oven and the barely 5 minutes I allowed them to cool, it was time to break one open. Of course the chocolate was still piping hot, the whole scone was still very hot. But I didn't care. I wanted a taste. And they were great, the malt is subtle, the chocolate not overwhelming, the perfect crunchiness the outside of a scone has that make it nothing like a muffin or biscuit. So a simple but successful recipe in my eyes.



My new apartment is finally becoming more like my new home. My mattress is no longer just pushed to the corner on the floor. I actually have a bed frame. My photo props are not just props anymore, they are my kitchen  things, which I love. One lone armchair that was my great great grandparents, an old drafting table turned into my kitchen table and a little coffee table from my mom rounds out the minimal amount of furniture I have. 

And I had my first house guest that wasn't my parents coming to drop off things! My friend I had met when I was at Sac State, Raoul, a fellow photographer and a graphic designer. It had been nearly a year since we last saw each other. He made the nearly 1 1/2 hour drive down from Sac. I got to show him around my new town, we took photos, he interviewed me for a feature in the online magazine he works for Vhcle. My dad put him to work when they brought up the frame, then we were off to Gotts, just a few blocks away for burgers and shakes. Then finishing off the night with drinks at Goose and Gander. A bar that is popular among hipsters my co-worker told me, so I knew it would be the perfect place to take Raoul. 


Chocolate Malt Cream Scones
(An adaptation of a Williams-Sonoma Recipe)

315g         AP flour
60g          granulated sugar
1 tbsp       baking powder
½ tsp        salt
2 tbsp       malted milk powder
90g          butter, cold & cubed
100g         chopped dark, good quality, chocolate
180ml        heavy cream

2 tbsp       heavy cream
1 tbsp       coarse sugar

Oven 425 F

Best done in a food processor. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & malted milk powder. Pulse just to combine. Scatter in butter & pulse a few times until coarse crumbs.
Add in the chocolate & cream, pulse until just moistened.

On a lightly floured surface, pat down dough into a ½ inch round. Divide into 6 wedges, using a sharp knife.

Transfer scones to a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with cream, then sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 13-17 minutes, until golden brown tops. Best to rotate the tray around 8 minutes in, to ensure even baking.  At their peak when warm.




the vanilla bean blog said...

Beautiful photos! I especially love the last one.

Margherita said...

Chocolate + scones = total winner for me. I normally make regular scones and then cut them in half and slather Nutella on them. But your recipe solves the problem...can't wait to try them!

Dee Paulino said...


m_b said...

the sweet little cow creamer is too adorable for words! i feel like i can taste these scones just looking at the photos! :)

Diana said...

the little cow for creamer is precious! i need.


Julie, que fotos y que buen pastel de chocolate!!.


lucy said...

bellsssime foto e mi piace da morire la mucca.sono contenta che senti sempre di piu'casa tua!

jacquelyn | lark & linen said...

This sounds absurdly delicious. A must try!

Joy said...

these are so perfect!

thecitygourmand said...

Poof! And the scone is gone. This seems like an intriguing twist on the traditional scone. I love your cow shaped creamer as well - it's hilarious!

Anonymous said...

I love this post. I also love discovering things in the back of my pantry to use as inspiration. Wonderful!

Rhubarbarians said...

Woah. These look so good. Like, seriously fantastic good.


DORRA said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Thank you so much!

Beth Kirby | {local milk} said...

The cow. I can't get over the cow. And something about the focus & light in these photos seems unattainably perfect. Your work is always some of my favorite out there. Oh. And yeah. Scones are the best. I'm a biscuit fiend, but scones are something special. Especially with unexpected ingredients.

marla said...

Beautiful scones, I could live on these.

Mollie@Kitchen Organizers said...

Your cow creamer is sooo cute! I can't get over on it wish I can find like this in supermarket.
It looks deli, i'm craving.

Carol | a cup of mascarpone said...

Beautiful everything!

Denise @ TLT said...

Love that little cow and those cute plates! Good to hear you're settled into your new home, always take a little while, right?!
I'm a big scone-lover, but somehow never made a chocolate chip version myself. That needs to change soon, because these look just delicious!

Anonymous said...

The scone look so yummie and the styling is so cute! And pleeease share some pics of your new home one day! ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey there! I LOVE your blog. I was wondering where you got that white wooden table or background you're using in these shots. I've been looking everywhere for one but can't seem to find one I like anywhere. If you could email me at j.meilach@hotmail.ca I would really appreciate it!!

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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking said...

I make scones every Saturday morning. They are a family tradition I plan on carrying for years. I have made chocolate chip scones but they were no where as beautiful as yours.
Enjoy your new home!

The Lat Long said...

Hello! New friend here, just had to tell you that your styling is gorgeous, and you are so talented! Thanks for the pretties, from Jess at Vintage Pie :)

Cuppers said...

Seriously this very stunning.