Sunday, 8 September 2013
Any purists out there in blog land had best look away now!! I am quite sure that what I am about to show you today will upset you, and perhaps even send you off the deep end. Some of you might even consider these to be blasphemous . . . as far as Scones go!
I will agree that peanut butter and chocolate together is quite, quite a North American thing, somewhat along the similar lines of peanut butter and jam . . . but very delicious nonetheless!!
Think Reeses Pieces and Peanut Butter Cups. Altogether a scrummy idea indeed!
The Toddster is still not quite convinced that Peanut Butter and Jam belong together, but he quite happily scarfs down these tasty scones when I bake them. I think I can quite safely consider him to be a peanut butter and chocolate convert. ☺
Imagine short peanut buttery scones . . . oh so scrummily flakey and peanutty . . . warm from the oven . . . a tall glass of milk . . . You break one in half to eat and what a delightful surprise!!! A molten river of dark chocolate oozes out onto your plate and fingers . . .
You lick your fingers off . . . off one by one, and then you smile . . .
This is very, very . . . very good! Traditonal . . . almost certainly not. Different . . . absolutely. Delicious . . . most definitely YES!
*Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Scones*
Makes 12 (2 1/2 inch) scones
A quintessentially delicious duo that are somewhat surprising in a scone, but very scrummy indeed!
280g of plain flour (2 cups)
85g of soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup firmly packed)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine seasalt
2 ounces of unsalted butter, chilled (1/4 cup)
3 heaped dessert spoons of creamy peanutbutter (about 3/4 cup)
2 ounces whole milk (1/4 cup)
2 large free range eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
60g chopped unsalted peanuts
2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, broken into 12 equal squares
Optional - a few whole peanuts to garnish the tops of the scones
Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5. Take out a large baking sheet and set aside.
Whisk the flour, brown sugar, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl. Cut the chilled butter into bits and drop them into the bowl with the flour. Rub them into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, milk, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Pour over the crumbed mixture and knead in until well combined. Knead in in the chopped peanuts. Pat half of the mixture out about 1/2 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 12 (2 1/2) inch rounds, gathering scraps and repeating until you have all 12. Place about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Place a square of chocolate on top of each in the middle, pressing it down lightly. Pat out the remaining half of the scone mixture, again about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out 12 (2 1/2 inch) rounds. Place each on top of each of the chocolate topped bottom rounds. Press lightly around the edges to seal.
Bake in the heated ovem for about 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through the cooking time. Remove from the oven and let cool for five minutes, before scooping the scones off with a spatula to finish cooling on a wire rack. Serve warm or cool. Store in a tightly covered container.