Saturday, April 13, 2013

Food Fun: Chocolate Jammy Bit Scones

Good morning and happy Saturday!

After all of yesterday's wonderful conversation about stopping by for tea, I thought I'd share my recipe for chocolate Jammy Bits scones.  I used a basic scone recipe and jazzed it up with a couple of my favorite flavors: chocolate and raspberry.

Have you ever ogled King Arthur Flour's catalog or website?  Better yet, have you visited their store in Norwich, Vermont?  I've recently done all three!  The trip there was by far the best thing I could do with a bit of time - my plan?  To return with lots MORE time (only had about 15 minutes to scope it out) and do so right around lunch time and eat at the cafe... sound good?

I saw the Jammy Bits on the website while drooling over them doing research and thought they might be perfect for my next culinary adventure: scones.

I was correct!  They are like tiny bits of flavorful raspberry goodness - mix them with chocolate and there you have it: a tasty scone!  I used semi-sweet chocolate but let's just say I picked up a bag of white chocolate this week and ... well... I'll let you know how they taste another day.
Before you start, here are some things to consider:
  • The butter MUST BE CHILLED!  I actually took mine from the freezer and chopped it up.
  • Don't knead the dough too much - just enough to get the shape you want and be sure the ingredients are blended together.
  • When you form a circle with it keep it thick enough - I think mine should have been a bit  smaller in diameter - they came out a bit thin.
  • Don't over cook.
  • Eat the first ones WARM - don't think I need explanation there...
  • Butter is an option - hubby didn't need it... I ... well... needed it!

Chocolate & Jammy Bits Scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for topping
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup (plus 1 tablespoon) half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (white or semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 cup King Arthur Flour Raspberry Jammy Bits
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until they mixture is coarse crumbs. Stir in 2/3 cup half-and-half until just moistened. Gently fold in Jammie Bits and chocolate chips.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough 8 to 10 times. Pat into a 1-inch-thick disk. Cut into 8 wedges and place each on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, 2 inches apart. Brush tops with half-and-half and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 
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They are a bit of work for a small return, but I thought they were worth it.  Another note,you CAN freeze them and eat later.  Just wrap cooled, baked scone in plastic and then a bag or aluminum and at a later day, just thaw, remove from plastic, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds, check and re-do if necessary.  I did mention mine we a bit thin, the benefit: they fit in the toaster!  Yup... good that way, too.
Thanks for stopping by!  Here's a question for you, what tasty little nuggets would you add if you were making these?  Hmmm.... I'd like to know and I'll try it!
Have a wonderful weekend,

PS.  I want to drop the first of a few hints here about some VERY cool things in the works.... If you like the recipe/food ideas you've been seeing here, then you will LOVE what's happening in May... muahaha...


  1. Carrie,
    I like the way you roll--getting at that marvelous place just in time for lunch!? Awesome! Putting jammy bits in your scones? Incredible! Way to go, chickie! I'm definitely going to try this recipe. Yummm..

    1. Why thank you... I thought it was a good idea... :)

  2. Oh, I didn't answer your question. I love to stir in candied ginger and crystallized lemon or orange peel in scones, also, currants and raisins!

    1. Just sayin... King Arthur has lemon bits:


  3. That sounds, and looks, absolutely delicious :)

    1. Thanks, Linda - they are...particularly right out of the oven!

  4. Oh, I've been DYING to try the jammy bits from King Arthur! Love it!

    1. DO IT, Lacy!!! Seriously!! You'll love them!

  5. Wonderful New England treats!
    Stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
    Happy weekend to you!
    Linda Ann

    1. Thanks for stopping by - enjoying the challenge?

  6. Oh yum, these sound and look incredible. Have you ever made them gluten-free? I wonder if I just subbed the gluten-free all purpose flour for the all purpose flour in this recipe, would they come out as yummy? Might have to try this and see if I can find the Jammy Bits here in NJ or order them online. Thanks so much, Carrie!

    1. Maybe! If you do, let me know how they come out - I'd be very interested to hear.
      Thanks for coming by,