Yum Peaceful Cooking: Scones or Clones

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Scones or Clones

Are these real scones? I've seen several recipes out there and they aren't all the same. So, what constitutes a real scone?

Let's hope it's not the thing that I gagged on ate the first time I ever had [what I thought was] a scone. Well....it may have been a real scone recipe and the gal who made them (bless her sweet, cant-make-a-scone-worth-eating heart) just couldn't bake.

So, I looked it up and this is the definition that I found (the quickest)....

Scone: a small biscuit (enriched with cream and eggs) cut into diamond shapes or sticks and baked in an oven or on a skillet.

Well crap. Thats pretty broad. But, looking at the recipe I just used, which doesn't contain eggs (which actually might be a good thing for some people)....could mean that these aren't actually scones. They're clones.

Well....Hershey's is calling them scones (thats where I got the recipe from, although I slightly altered it). I'll just call them:

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Scone Clones
3 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 oz dark chocolate chunks or squares that have been chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whipping cream
2 tablespoons melted butter
additional sugar
powdered sugar

Preheat your oven to 375' F
Lightly grease two baking sheets (or just use parchment paper and forget the grease).

Stir together the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Then add the chocolate chunks.

Stir the vanilla and whipping cream into the flour mixture until just moist.

Turn out onto a floured surface

and gently knead until the dough comes together. Divide into 3 equal balls

Take one ball and flatten it out into a circle....about 7" in diameter. Cut the circle into 8 pie shaped slices

Place the triangles onto your baking sheet and repeat the process with the remaining balls. Brush each triangle with the melted butter and sprinkle some granulated sugar on top.

Bake for 15 - 20 minutes (I believe my scone clones baked closer to the 20 minute mark...maybe even a minute or two longer). You want them to be lightly browned.

Serve warm and garnish with powdered sugar

Well...if all scones taste similar to these....then I guess I do like scones. For years I thought otherwise.

Silly me.

I should've given them a second chance long, long ago. These are wonderful with your morning coffee, or midnight glass of milk....or as a late afternoon snack. They're not too sweet, nor too dry or too moist....they just kinda satisfy something...a need, a desire......for something sweet yet in a more adult form.

Don't you feel like your more grown up when you say you're "eating a scone" (said in some sort of snobby accent)

I can't wait to try more flavors!

Printable Version: Semi Sweet Chocolate Chip Scones


  1. I love a good scone. I find it best not to get bogged down in semantics, if it's good then it's good. ;)

  2. I never consider what a scone was... I guess I just assumed that it was a stand alone muffin, meaning it was not cooked in a mold like a muffin, but was cooked like a bread that does not go in a bread pan.

    and always fruit... like blueberries... great whatever it is recipe

  3. What IS a scone...sounds like a pretty existential question. Right up there with the meaning of life. I feel like a scone can be a lot of different things and so you really need to evaluate it on a case-by-case basis. These babies you have here - definitely scones. Also. Definitely delicious.

  4. These sound a lot like James Beard's Angel biscuits. The ingredients (except for the chocolate chip) are similar. I wish I had one now.

  5. you have no idea how glad I am that you posted about scones. I'll let you know soon why, I have this bug in my head ever since I made my first scones (with fresh blueberries) a couple of weeks ago.

  6. Scones are a favorite around our house...especially during the winter months. They are often the "special" in our Sunday morning "special breakfasts". Starting later this week I will be posting several scone recipes as well.

  7. I used to think scones were low cal...until I began reading the ingredients! These look great. I really like the maple oat nut scones at Starbucks. Anyone have a recipe for that?

  8. Love scones with a cup of coffee *and* your scone clones ;)

  9. I love your scone clones! I never made my own scones - always thought they were a lot of trouble/fussy to make. But you made it look easy. I need to give them a try too.

  10. You are a girl after my own heart...scones with chocolate. I'll take 5 of them right now!

  11. Funny...

    These look really good, never thought of adding chocolate. I will modify my gluten free version, er clone it to add th chocolate

  12. Ya know... I am a self proclaimed expert in the field of Scone-ology... I think you should submit several of those scones to me.... for testing purposes, or course... ;) LOL

    Those look absolutely awesome scones! LOVE IT!

  13. Interesting question....and one that I don't ponder very long when chocolate is involved ;) They look great!

  14. I've always considered scones in the biscuit department. (And I know we've all had some bad ones now and then!)
    Yours look light and luscious!
    Love your post title!

  15. It certainly does sound more grown up! ;-) Delicious.

  16. I wouldn't know a scone if it climbed up my pants leg and bit me on the knee. What ever it is, it sounds good to me!

  17. Danielle
    I think your scones would definitely qualify! Do you know my biggest regret last time I was in London was not to sit at a proper tea and scones place! I will have to go back or else, make them myself, which is not the same~:(

  18. yeah, this gal's not a scone fan. i guess i'll hold off on passing final judgment until i try these. :)

  19. I wondered the same thing about scones. I've use a scone recipe to make danish pastries before and it really did not taste that much different then challah bread.

  20. Amazingly good- I love scones with coffee and this goes perfect especially being a girl that loves chocolate! Thanks for this post!

  21. I think American scones have cream or eggs but English ones have neither and are merely a vehicle for cream and jam ;P


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