You’ll love these Chocolate and Orange Scones as a teatime treat, or as a snack. Studded with chocolate chips throughout, and the added orange juice and zest; these chocolate orange scones will become your new favourite afternoon treat.
Hi friends! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while.
On January 5th, my beautiful Nana passed away at 84 years old.
Despite her having been ill for the past 15 years, and spending yet another Christmas and New Year in hospital, it came as a big shock!
She has been in and out of hospital the past few years, but she was a fighter and always bounced back.
I had been promising to go see her as I hadn’t seen her for a year or two, and with having an auto-immune condition, I couldn’t go to see her when I was ill. I was gearing up to see her before Christmas, but learnt she was in hospital.
When I saw my Granddad at Christmas, I promised to go visit them together as soon as she came home from hospital. If only I’d have known she would never make it home. I’m truly kicking and punishing myself right now with all the ifs and buts. I mean what a sucky granddaughter, right?
But I did get to say my final farewell at her funeral on January 15th. It was a beautiful funeral — my Nana’s wishes for the funeral was no black clothes, and no white lilies; she wanted cheerful flowers. Her coffin was beautiful with pretty colourful flowers adorned on top.
The chaplain told her life story and how she had met my Granddad at age 14 working at the tobacco factory, he immediately told her how he would marry her one day, and how she told him to ‘get lost’ but ended up together anyway! 🙂
And then the song Unforgettable by Nat King Cole was played.
My Nana always used to bake and is my inspiration and the reason why I started baking, and so today I am going to dedicate this post to the memory of my Nana, Dorothy Brown. May you be at peace now and I can’t wait to see you again… some day.
These Chocolate and Orange Scones smell phenomenal when baking, and taste even better. Studded throughout with dark chocolate chips, with orange juice and zest to bring out the delicious chocolate and orange combination.
And what’s best? You can fill these with absolutely anything you like. Traditionally, you fill scones with jam and whipped cream (I like them with just jam and a cup of tea, of course), but imagine spreading them with Nutella or even Biscoff spread? Oh yes!
Leave a comment below telling me what you’d fill in your scones.
Chocolate and Orange Scones
Yield: 14 scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
You'll love these Chocolate and Orange Scones as a teatime treat, or as a snack. Studded with chocolate chips throughout, and the added orange juice and zest; these chocolate orange scones will become your new favourite afternoon treat.
For the Scones
- 700g (1lb 9oz) self-raising flour
- 150g (5½oz) butter
- 150g (5½oz) caster sugar
- 2 large oranges, finely grated zest of both and juice of one orange
- 150g (5½oz) chocolate chips
- 200ml (7fl oz) whole milk, plus extra for brushing
- Whipped or clotted cream, optional
- Jam, optional
- Nutella, optional
- Biscoff, optional
- Preheat the oven to 210°C/400°F/Gas 6, and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- Add the flour and butter into the bowl of the food processor and blitz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Turn out the breadcrumb mixture into a large bowl and stir in the sugar, chocolate chips, and orange zest.
- Mix the milk and orange juice together and add ¾ of the milk/juice mix to the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough, adding more of the milk/orange juice mix as needed. I like to mix using the handle of a wooden spoon to prevent sticky hands. Try not to overwork the dough.
- Roll the dough out to around 1-inch/2cm thickness and cut out scones with a 2-2¼-inch/5-6cm round or scalloped cutter.
- Carefully transfer the scones on to the prepared baking trays, brush the tops with milk and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until risen and golden brown.
- Once baked, allow to cool on a wire rack.
- To serve, cut open and add whipped cream and jam. Or whatever filling takes your fancy.