Spring Break + Chocolate Scones!

March 14th – March 18th — Spring Break 2011. This may conjure up images of drunken beach parties, beach volleyball, uncommitted spring-flings, and overall tom-foolery. Now, picture it my way: best friends, Franzia, books upon books, no grading, no lesson planning, and lots of sleeping. Oh yeah, and a beach 🙂

Spring Break 2011 marks another new and fantastic part of adulthood: Vacation with friends! T-, S- (the BFF), and I rented out a beach house in TX and spent the week there. The beach house was fantastic! It had a kitchen, living room, bathroom, two bedrooms, and an AMAZING view of the ocean. For the most part we just chilled — either in the house, or on the beach with T- fully covered hoping desperately to not expose his unpigmented skin to the sun, S- doing the opposite hoping to get tanned, and me well, getting my butt sunburned. Literally, my tush-tush, and it hurts to burn your butt. I finished reading the Lisabeth Salander book series (the girl with the dragon tattoo, etc) which is FANTASTIC. If you haven’t gotten it, GET IT. You will not be able to put it down. Seriously, it’s a mystery/thriller page turner. They better making a kick-ass movie out of it. Anyways, the vacation was much needed and nice: we played, laid on the beach, read books, baked, and met someone named Ned. Overall: successful vacation. I’m sad to see it end.

Looks like I’m lesson planning? Nope. http://www.freetetris.org

 

Besties on the beach 🙂

 

Jacques!

 

First night! After a 12 hour drive for S-…

 

Magnificent dinner of homemade pizza, garlic bread, and salad!

But! We did make chocolate scones (modified from joyofbaking.com). These scones turned out amazingly…and are excellent to-go snacks or quick morning breakfasts as you’re running out the door. They’re not super sweet, and the powdered sugar on top makes them prettier and adds a little extra sugary-ness. Excellent with coffee/tea 🙂

Chocolate Scones

Ingredients

0.67 cup heavy whipping cream
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1.75 cup all purpose flour
0.25 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2.5 baking powder
0.25 tsp salt
0.33 cup unsalted butter (cubed)
Scone Glaze
1 egg beaten
1 tbsp heavy whipping cream

More chocolate scones!

Preheat oven to 375.

Whisk together heavy whipping cream, egg, and vanilla extract. Then set aside

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the unsalted butter. Honestly — it works best if it you use your hands to cut in the butter.

Then slowly mix in all the wet stuff and mix dough into a ball. Then knead dough gently a few times to glutenize the flour.

After that, flatten the dough into a flat, thick (2-3”) disc. Cut it into triangles (6-8 depending on how big you want your scones, I do 8).

Then beat together the scone glazing and brush it on top of the unbaked scones, and pop them in the oven for 15 min.

After they come out, wait till they cool and then dust them with powdered sugar!

Tasty goodness 🙂


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