Friday, November 13, 2015

Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Scones


 Today I did a pantry clean-up (which is very therapeutic for me) and I found an abundance of nuts, flours and cocoa powder - I'm sure many of you can relate to this. So I decided to whip up a breakfast treat to take to tailgate this weekend that will satisfy all taste buds (I mean, who doesn't love chocolate?). 
Add these to your Thanksgiving or Christmas brunch menu and they are sure to be a favorite - especially paired with some hot cocoa!

1. Preheat oven to 375. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray (or line with parchment paper). 
2. In a food processor, combine the flours, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cold cubed butter until mixture is crumbly. Transfer to a bowl. 


3. Stir in the chocolate chips, cranberries and pistachios. 

4. In a small bowl, whisk the vanilla, applesauce and milk together. Add to the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough. 


5. Divide the dough in half and place the two pieces on the prepared baking sheet. Pat them into two 6" circles, about 1" thick, then cut each circle into 6 wedges. 


6. Bake the scones for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the scones comes out clean. Transfer each scone to a rack to cool. 


  Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Scones
Makes 12 scones

All you need:
2 cups all-purpose flour 
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt 
1 stick cold butter, cubed 
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup shelled pistachios 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1 cup milk 

All you do:
1. Preheat oven to 375. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray (or line with parchment paper). 
2. In a food processor, combine the flours, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cold cubed butter until mixture is crumbly. Transfer to a bowl. 
3. Stir in the chocolate chips, cranberries and pistachios. 
4. In a small bowl, whisk the vanilla, applesauce and milk together. Add to the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough. 
5. Divide the dough in half and place the two pieces on the prepared baking sheet. Pat them into two 6" circles, about 1" thick, then cut each circle into 6 wedges. 
6. Bake the scones for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the scones comes out clean. Transfer each scone to a rack to cool. 
 

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