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Sweetheart Scones

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  30 Minutes
  Makes 10 scones
A basket of warm and fragrant heart-shaped scones will make sleepy heads rise and shine on February 14. These buttery biscuits, studded with currants and scented with orange zest, are delicious on their own or served with marmalade or jam. If you're an early bird, you can marinate the currants in orange juice for 30 minutes, then strain before adding to the dry ingredients.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, frozen
1 teaspoon grated or finely minced orange zest
3/4 cup currants
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup half-and-half
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DIRECTIONS
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Set aside a nonstick or parchment-lined baking sheet.


In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until well blended. Using the large holes of a grater, grate the frozen butter into the flour mixture. With a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingertips, work the pieces into the flour for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. The bits of butter should still be cool to the touch. Toss in the zest and the currants. Combine the egg and half-and-half, and stir into the flour mixture until the dough holds together. Do not overmix.


Dust your hands with flour and loosely gather the dough into a ball. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently two or three times. Lightly pat or roll the dough 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Dip a 2 1/2-inch heart or muffin cutter into flour, and cut out the scones. Place on the baking sheet and bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.


VARIATION:
  • Chocolate-Filled Scones

Follow the Sweetheart Scones Recipe, omitting the currants and zest and continuing as directed, rolling the dough 1 inch thick. Cut out six scones with a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Immediately make a horizontal slit into each scone, leaving a hinge of crust to hold the two halves together. Insert a portion of bittersweet chocolate bar (I like Perugina, Scharffen Berger, or Lindt) that is slightly larger than the opening, allowing a slip of chocolate to show. Wait 1 minute for the chocolate to slightly warm before serving with a napkin. (The chocolate will retain its shape, until the first bite.)


Serving size = 1 scone


Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 10 scones
Calories: 208
Fat. Total: 10g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 26g
Sodium: 99mg
% Cal. from Fat: 43%
Cholesterol: 47mg
Protein: 4g
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