This post was sponsored by American Heritage Chocolate as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary product to facilitate my review.
Chocolate and Orange Scones: Buttery, tender scones are speckled with bright citrus notes and rich dark chocolate for a delicate treat perfect for afternoon tea. #chocolatehistory #crackerbarrel
One of my most vivid memories of a family vacation as a child was to Colonial Williamsburg. I can probably tell you more about colonial days than any period of history. The reason, was that Williamsburg brought colonial days to life for me and made learning fun. I still remember eating dinner out an authentic colonial restaurant and discovering recipes from that period of time.
One thing that stuck out from those recipes were their simplicity. It may have taken hours to make a dish, but it was made with simple ingredients and highlighted the things that grew locally or that were imported from trades. I remember learning that spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla were valued and chocolate was a thing of luxury.
But simple is often times best. Take American Heritage Historic Chocolate for example. Heritage Chocolate is made from a recipe dating back to the 18th century. It is made with 63% cacao and has notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, orange, and vanilla–those spices that were so highly valued. It is rich and decadent and available at historic gift shops across the United States (Colonial Williamsburg is one of them!) But for a limited time, this chocolate is available at Cracker Barrel!! Don’t you just love the treasures you can find at a Cracker Barrel Country Store? I could spend hours looking around at all the fun things they have there!
Well being the lucky girl I am, I was able to sample the American Heritage Chocolate Sticks. Upon first bite, I could taste a rich deep flavor with nuances of orange and cinnamon. I knew EXACTLY what to use this chocolate for–scones. Orange Scones to be exact. Chocolate and orange pair together beautifully and with the chocolate already having notes of orange, I knew it would be a great match to a buttery, flaky scone that had been speckled with orange zest.
The rich chocolate added hints of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of anise–and just a rich luxiousness. A perfect combination for a treat perfect for tea time!
If you like buttery scones (who doesn’t?!) and the combination of orange and chocolate, then these scones are for you!
Chocolate and Orange Scones
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached whole white wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup butter cubed and chilled
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg whisked
- 1.5 ounces American Heritage Chocolate sticks chopped
- For the Glaze:
- juice of 1 orange
- 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a slicone baking mat.
In food porcessor fitted with dough hook (or with pastry mixer or 2 forks) combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. Add the butter and process until butter is dispersed throughout dough and is the size of peas. Add in egg and buttermilk and combine, but do not overmix. Add in chocolate and turn onto floured surface and knead until dough just comes together. Pat down to 1/2 inch thickness and cut into 18 small triangles.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and puffed up.
For the glaze: Combine the powdered sugar and juice of an orange, adding more water if needed. Drizzle over warm scones and serve.