Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

photos courtesy of The Single Housewife
We love the concept of Jolie O'Dell's blog, The Single Housewife. With so many blogs written by and for housewives and busy families (including our own), Jolie declares, "Why wait to be a homemaker for someone else? I might as well enjoy the fruit of my own labors." We're grateful she's sharing those fruits with us as well, such as this fantastic recipe for chocolate buttermilk scones.

1/2 cup flour
2 Tablespoons cocoa
2 Tablespoons white sugar
1 Tablespoon powdered milk
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 scant teaspoon baking soda
1/4 scant teaspoon salt
2 1/2 Tablespoon chilled butter
1/3 cup cold buttermilk

How to Make It:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together all but the last two ingredients until they’re well blended without too many lumps.

2. With scissors or a small knife, snip the butter into little lumps and toss it into the dry ingredients. With a pastry cutter (or, if you don’t have one, a potato masher or two knives working in a criss-crossing motion), cut the butter into the dry ingredients.

3. Gently stir in the buttermilk until everything’s just moistened — don’t overstir it. What you end up with will be a very moist ball of batter.

4. Scoop the dough out onto a floured cutting board or other work surface. With floured hands, gently pat it into a 3/4-inch-thick circle. Don’t knead it, and don’t roll it out thin.

5. Once you’ve got your circle, cut it like a pizza into six wedges. Arrange those on a baking sheet a couple inches apart. Bake them for 15 minutes and let them cool slightly while still on the baking sheet. Makes six small scones.

To see photos of the entire process, click here!

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