Righto, so here we go with what it quite possible the yummiest scone recipe you'll ever whip up. Big call, I know. But it's really delicious and despite the fact that a) it's not a scone in the traditional sense and b)there being far too many steps in making it for my liking, it's totally worth it. Promise.
Here's what you'll need to make yours at home....
(please excuse the crappy photo quality. I used my iPhone because I couldn't be bothered going upstairs to get my fancy pants proper camera. Totes regretting that laziness now.)
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups self raising flour
3 tbsp chilled and chopped butter
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 egg white
1 tblsp sugar
whack the buttermilk, sugar, vanilla and egg into a bowl.
Whisk it up.
In another bowl, throw together your flour and butter...
blend it together using either a couple of knives (totes old school)
or use your kitchenaid (totes snobby new school) or other mixing appliance....
Once the mixture looks like coarse breadcrumbs,
throw in your chocolate chips
(Don't forget to taste test them first. You know. To make sure they're not off)
Pour in your egg and sugar mixture...
and blend until it looks like a bit of a dough...
Sprinkle flour onto a clean surface....
and tip the dough mixture onto it....
Flour your chubby little sausage fingers as well.
This will stop the dough from sticking to said fingers.
and knead until it looks like this....
Place the ball of dough onto a baking tray that you've lined with baking paper
and press into a flat-ish circle...
Cut the dough into 8 pieces.
Or 12, if you're sensible and prefer smaller portion sizes.
Clearly I don't adhere to that ridiculous policy.
Whisk your egg white...
and spread it over the scone....
Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over the top...
and whack it on the oven for about 20 minutes at 200 degrees C.
30 minutes if you have the world's slowest oven,
which is in desperate need of replacement.
And that's it!
Serve piping hot with lashings of thick whipped cream and a scoop of ice-cream,
before passing out on the couch in a sugar coma.