Saturday, January 21, 2012

Skinny Mini Buttermilk Scones with Dark Chocolate Chips

My second attempt at making scones was another success! My first time baking scones I made pumpkin chocolate chip scones and they were delicious. I wanted to make scones again but I wanted a healthier version, as it is a new year and who doesn't have some type of healthy-eating resolution?
Although, these scones are still a baked good and will never be as good as eating, say, fruit or yogurt for breakfast, they are made with whole wheat and less sugar than normal scones. Also, I made them mini so the portion size feels a little more guilt-free. With one mini scone, you get a sweet but small snack that can satisfy your craving without feeling like you have to jump back on the treadmill.

I have to say, I was a little nervous to make these scones. After all, people say scones are pretty hard to make. Plus, this was the first time I used whole wheat in a recipe. I was afraid they would not bake the same way or taste good, but I was wrong about both! It was still easy and they taste great! 

Skinny Buttermilk Scones
adapted from skinnytaste

3/4 c. cold buttermilk
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 c. all purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. frozen butter
3/4 c. dark chocolate chips*
1 large egg white
decorating sugar
*dark chocolate chips could be replaced with blueberries, cinnamon chips, etc.  

1. Combine first four ingredients in medium bowl and stir with a whisk
2. Combine flours, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Stir with whisk or fork
3. Add small pieces of frozen butter by cutting with a knife or (my favorite) by grating with a cheese grater. Gently toss
4. Add chocolate chips and gently mix
5. Add milk mixture and stir only until all is moist
6. Place dough on floured cookie sheet. Knead lightly four times with floured hands
7. Form dough into three circles, each 3/4 inch thick
8. Place in freezer for approximately 30 minutes
9. Remove from freezer. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a knife, cut the circles like you would a pizza or pie to create 6 to 8 pieces
10. Place egg white (discarding yolk) in a small container. Brush egg white onto scones. Sprinkle on decorating sugar
11. Bake at 375 degrees for about 18-20 minutes or until tops are golden
12. Once cooled for about 10 to 15 minutes, they should pull apart easily
13. Enjoy!

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