Thursday, January 7, 2016

Cinnamon Chip Scones for a cold January morning

I have come to realize that there will always be people in life that you don't know what you would do without.  Sometimes, a person's role shifts and changes, but there are others that you know deep down you just need.  They are the people whose opinions you care about the most; the people you would do anything for at the drop of hat.  They are the people I want to bake for "just because."  Thalia at Butter and Brioche put it best I think, and I agree with her about the power of baking.  Baking..."It brings delight to taste buds, provides happiness and nourishment to heavy hearts, comforts those hurt and unites loved ones.  It is the language of connection, a labor of love…a small and everyday act that is one of the most powerful ways to show another person that you care for them."  This year I resolve to get back to the love of baking; back to the days and nights and weekends when I looked forward to it.  For it to not feel forced and like something I "have" to do.  

So this year I am starting with something I wanted to make just because I wanted to eat them...cinnamon chip scones that is.  These are light, and moist for being a scone, with great cinnamon flavor and texture.  The cinnamon chips are the perfect little breakfast treat.  Definitely give these a try and Enjoy!

P.S. Now is the time to get cinnamon chips at the store. They are found near the chocolate chips in the grocery store.

Rolled out and cut.

Into the oven they go!

Fresh out of the oven, your kitchen smells is the time to grab that cup of coffee or tea, relax and enjoy! 

Cinnamon Chip Scones:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup granulated sugar (plus more for the tops)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 to 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup cinnamon chips (I used Hershey's)

1.  Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar.  Set aside.

3.  In a liquid measuring cup mix together vanilla extract and 1 1/3 cups cream. Drizzle the cream mixture into the dry ingredients tossing and stirring as you pour in the cream.  Add the cinnamon chips.  Toss together.  Add 2 more tablespoons of cream if necessary to create a moist, cohesive, but not sticky dough.

4.  Dump the dough onto a lightly floured work surface.  Gently gather and knead the dough into a dish and press the disk out into a rectangle about 3/4″-thickness.

5.  Using a knife cut the rectangle into squares and then the squares into triangles.  Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart.

6.   Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.  Remove from the oven and serve warm.  Enjoy!

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