Y’all! Life has been… well life.
Anyone that knows me, knows I love to bake, and that is something I do often. It is part of me and I love being able to share my baking with others.
My husband was trimming the trees in the back yard and really giving it a nice makeover for some future ideas we have, when he got to talking with a neighbor back there. And y’all, we have a concrete wall in our backyard that separates us from a subdivision, so this is interesting. Nevertheless, they had a friendly conversation about trees, which led to our neighbor offering us one of his banana trees- that he would dig up specifically for us. Like how nice, right?! My husband would never ask him to do this, but also this is a very nice gesture and heck yes a banana tree is awesome.
So our kind neighbor, stops by a few monrings later with a light knock on the door. The dogs are barking, our spunky toddler jumps on the couch and is peeking out of the blinds all excited, meanwhile I’m in the bathroom and still in pajamas. Yes. It was before 9 a.m though okay! Well by the time I get to the front door, I see the tree in a bucket right outside and a car pulling out of our driveway and leaving the neighborhood. Oh gosh, I missed him. Steven is out of town for work. I am thinking all day, I should go say thank you and not wait for Steven to get back cause waiting too long seemed rude. Then I immediately thought- well I need to bake something for them and I can deliver it. Scones. Chocolate chip scones to be exact. Ever since having them at a tea room locally they have been on my list to bake, plus an awesome friend gave me a special baking dish. The next morning I bake up these delicious scones, even with a little help and cooperation from my mini. I package them so nicely, tie a bow and write out a simple thank you note. I pop the kid in the strolled for a quick walk around the block to find no answer at the door. Ok. A few hours later, just after dinner we give it another try. No answer! Maybe they went out of town for the weekend, or have many errands… Fortunately, I run into the neighbor right next to them, and come to find out we just missed these guys on their way back up north for the summer! Ahhhh. I thought they were snow birds, but wasn’t sure. You bet I am sure now, and now my scones… Have no mouths of purpose to enter. Of course, I ate two. I gave some to our fabulous neighbors across the way, but even then I had no dates with friends for now so into the freezer the rest went. I will report on how they hold up.
But as for FRESH- they rock. I added a splash of almond extract which really stands out nicely. And as for my gifted scone dish- it’s nothing short of amazing. Now, let me be clear, I have baked scones at least a handful of times before this dish was in my possession and had success at doing so BUT I lalalalove the scone dish- I do. See below for the full recipe and directions if you’d like to give it a go at home, please let me know how it goes!
Chocolate Chip Scones
- 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tbsp butter room temperature
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Or spray your scone dish- if you have one.
In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, butter, baking powder and salt. With a fork, blend together while mashing the butter until you achieve a coarse-crumb consistency. Then add in the chocolate chips.
In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk and both the extracts. Then add to crumbly mixture while trying not too over mix.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle flour on top and gently work the dough together into a large round disc 1 inch thick.
Cut into 8 wedges and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving an inch of space between. Or just scoop into the scone pan.
Bake for 10 minutes (possibly a couple minutes longer depending on your oven). Watch for the scones to brown just slightly. Transfer to cooling wrack.