7.22.2014

Chocolate Chunk & Pecan Scones

 
We had a friend stay over the other night but nothing for breakfast in the morning. So I pulled together these scones with what we had and they turned out to be quite simple and perfectly delicious! Even better when eating them with a hot cup of dark coffee.


Chocolate Chunk & Pecan Scones

2 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup/1 stick butter; cold!
1/2 cup buttermilk (I used almond milk and 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar to make mine)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg; cold
3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks (or chips)
1/2 cup pecans
1 egg yolk
2 tbs milk
cocoa nibs and chocolate chunks for sprinkling on top

1    preheat oven 350 degrees F
2    mix flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and sugar together in a medium bowl
3    pour  mixture into food processor and add butter in pieces (or use a pastry cutter or 2 knives to cut in the butter) pulse a few time to chop butter into mixture
4    pour mixture back into bowl
5    in another small bowl whisk together buttermilk, cream, and vanilla
6    slowly pour into flour mixture and stir them together
7    stir in chocolate chips and pecans, don't overmix
8    flour a piece of parchment paper on table, gather dough and place on floured paper
9    knead the dough 2-3 times and then pat into a circle about 1 inch thick
10  put a few chocolate chunks and cocoa nibs on top and push them into the dough
11  cut circle into 8 wedges and pull them apart about 1 inch from each other
12  place parchment with scones on baking sheet
13  whisk together egg yolk and milk, using pastry brush, brush the tops of each scone
14  bake for 35-40 minutes, or until tops are golden brown
15  top them with a little bit of butter and dig in

Outdoor movies & Brewery Patios

 
This past week we finally made it to an outdoor movie! We grabbed a blanket bought some kettle corn and pizza and spread out on the grass to finally watch the Lego Movie. It was hilarious and I highly recommend it! Better yet though our friends ended up being only a blanket away from us by coincidence, a lovely coincidence. And lucky they were there to help us tackle the kettle corn. There's something awesome about watching a movie after a pink sunset spread out on the grass and laughing with a bunch of people you don't know and then leaving when it's totally dark and finding your way out of the mass.




A group of our friends had a spontaneous cookout and supplied all the food, it was magic. And we played a great game of fishbowl- which includes pictionarying, charading, and one word clue rounds.

 
And very very sadly one of our friends is headed out on an epic adventure so we spend Saturday hitting up brewery patios on bikes and eating late night hot dogs that are fried or covered in mac and cheese. Also eating people we don't know's fries because I accidentally threw a menu at one of them and they joined our table, so we ate their fries :) And ending the night playing guitars and pretending like we know how a harmonica works and singing folk and bluegrass songs way to loud with our door open.


Side note: I love living in a busy place and leaving our door open, people sometimes get daring and peep their heads in or fishbowl us at our windows.
Side story: the other night a guy was primping himself and I guess didn't realize we could see him, so we waved at him, he made a very embarrassed face and waved back- we loved it!