Black Forest Scones

Yield: 18-24 Scones

1 Stick Unsalted Butter

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 1/2 Teaspoon Espresso Sea Salt

1 Tablespoon Espresso Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Tellicherry Peppercorns

2 Tablespoons Sweet Shoppe Seasoning

6 Oz. Dark Chocolate Chips or Melting Wafers

1 Egg Yoke

1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream

1 Cup Dried Cranberries

2-3 Tablespoons Dark Cocoa Sugar or Powdered Sugar

When it comes to scones, this is the ultimate! Seasoned beautifully with Espresso Sea Salt, Pink Peppercorns, and our own Sweet Shoppe Seasoning, your guests will surely ask for these over and over again. While the smaller version makes a great 'little bite' with coffee or at the end of a meal, we like to serve the larger version over the holidays with a dollop French Vanilla ice cream and a little fresh cranberry sauce on the side. We also make these all year round with fresh raspberries or dried cherries. One important note: Don't be tempted to skimp on the seasonings here. They are what make these scones "sing." They make them memorable. As far as we're concerned, making these scones without the seasonings just isn't worth the trip, no matter how easy they are!

 

Melt chocolate and set aside to cool completely. Once cool, blend with 1 cup cream, mix well, and refrigerate until ready to use. (It's important that the chocolate mixture is cooled completely, or else the butter will melt when the mixture is blended into the dough). Cut butter into small cubes and place in refrigerator to keep chilled before using.

 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

 

Place the flour, baking powder, Espresso Sea Salt, pepper, and Sweet Shoppe seasoning in bowl of food processor. Pulse 3-4 times to blend completely. Add chilled butter to the bowl and pulse mixture until butter takes on the consistency of gravel or peas. Transfer mixture to a medium mixing bowl.

 

Make a well in the middle and add the egg yolk and chilled chocolate/cream mixture.  Use a wooden spoon to stir mixture until well combined.

 

Move dough to a lightly floured surface and knead gently 6-8 times, folding in half each time. Pat dough into 9" rectangle, wrap in plastic, and place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator and cut into 9-12 squares. Cut each square diagonally to create 18-24 wedges. Place wedges ½ apart on baking sheet. Brush 2 tablespoons cream and sprinkle with Dark Cocoa Sugar. If you're using confectioner's sugar, wait to sprinkle that on top until the scones are done baking and have cooled slightly.

 

Place on center rack in oven and bake for 18-20 minutes for large scones; 13-15 minutes for small. Remove from oven, place  on a baking rack and cool. 

 

Note: this dough for scones freezes well. Complete recipe to the point of baking; wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze. When ready to use, take scones from freezer and allow to defrost for 5-10 minutes. Place on baking sheet and bake for 20-23 minutes for the larger ones, or 16-18 minutes for the smaller. 

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
Click on images below to learn more about seasonings in this recipe
Espresso Sea Salt
Our Espresso Sea Salt is the
perfect seasoning for steaks,
chops, ribs, burgers, meat loaf, and more. But don't stop there. It also gives an intriguing boost to desserts and cocktails. Just let your adventurous culinary spirit be your guide. 
Espresso Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
Dark Cocoa Sugar
For any chocolate lover, this blend
of dark cocoa and sugar is sweet,
sultry, and indulgent. Use as a finishing sugar to top fruits and pastries, pancakes and waffles. Or add a decadent touch to your coffee, ice cream, and other indulgences. 
Dark Cocoa Sugar from MorningStar Kitchen
At MorningStar Kitchen we love scones for their versatility. They're great as part of a main course, or as dessert. And we love to make savory versions to serve with cocktails.
If  you like to look and sound of these scones, try some other of our savory versions, like
Napa Style
Olive Scones
Tellicherry
Peppercorns
No Home Chef's kitchen is
complete without Tellicherry peppercorns, which are considered the finest pepper in the world. Left on the vine longer than other black peppercorns, these berries are given time to develop their complex, robust flavor to develop more fully.
Tellicherry Peppercorn from MorningStar Kitchen
Sweet Shoppe 
Seasoning
For many chefs, desserts are
little more than an afterthought.
But with a spoonful of our Sweet Shoppe blend, Home Chefs can easily add an elegant ending to their meals. Just sprinkle some on ice cream, cookies, cake, brownies, cupcakes or add to coffee, or liqueur for the perfect finish.
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