I’ve been making scones for years now, but forgot about one combination of flavors that was always a favorite in my Blue Heron Coffeehouse days — crystallized ginger and chocolate. The two ingredients pair beautifully together: the ginger comes in with a little heat, and the chocolate follows with just enough sweetness.
I chopped the ginger very small and used mini chocolate chips so there are tiny bursts of flavor. The scone itself is tasty enough, but you can use bigger pieces of chocolate and ginger if desired.
Ginger Chocolate Chip Scones
Servings: 18 small scones
These tender scones perfectly balance the slight spice of ginger with the sweetness of chocolate chips.
- 2 ¼ cups (320g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar plus more for sprinkling
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup (50g) crystallized ginger, chopped into small pieces
- 1/3 cup (60g) mini chocolate chips (or chocolate chopped very small)
- 1/2 cup crème fraîche (or you can substitute sour cream)
- 1-3 tablespoons heavy cream plus more for brushing
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks; 170 g unsalted butter) cold and cut into ½ -inch pieces
- Adjust an oven rack to the lower middle position. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Stack two baking sheets on top of each other and line the top sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt. In a medium bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk the crème fraîche, vanilla, and egg.
- Add the butter to the dry ingredients and use a pastry cutter to cut it into the mixture until the flour-coated pieces are the size of peas. Stir in the crystallized ginger and the chocolate. Add the wet ingredients and fold with a spatula until just combined. (If your dough is on the dry side, you can add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream at a time until it comes together.)
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until it comes together, 4 to 6 times, adding flour as necessary, as the dough will be sticky. Pat the dough gently into a square and roll it into a 12-inch square (again, using flour as necessary). Fold the dough in thirds, similar to a business letter. Fold the dough into thirds again, making a square. Transfer it to a floured sheet pan or plate and put it in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Return the dough to the floured surface, roll it into an 8-inch square, about 1-inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter (I used a 2-inch cutter here to make smaller scones, but you can use a larger one) to cut out circles. Gently re-roll scraps as necessary. Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet.
- Brush the tops with a little heavy cream, making sure it doesn’t drip down the sides and sprinkle the tops generously with sugar. Bake 15 to 25 minutes (smaller scones will bake faster), rotating the pan halfway through, until the tops and bottoms are light golden brown. Transfer the sheet pan to a wire rack and let the scones cool 10 minutes before serving.
TerryMonday, February 21, 2022 at 4:21 pm
The directions were straight forward. Results delicious! Thank you!
AprilSunday, May 3, 2020 at 5:21 pm
I love the Blue Heron! Made these scones last week as is and they were absolutely delicious. Trying them today with toasted almonds and almond extract instead of the ginger. Can’t wait to see how they turn out.
ShelleySaturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:49 am
These scones are perfection. The ingredients and method make the most delicate, flakey, soft, crunchy scone imaginable. The best I’ve ever had. I made them last summer and have been thinking of them ever since – so I just made them again. I always look forward to your posts. Thank you!
DeepaMonday, June 11, 2018 at 3:44 am
What a great idea! I can imagine the bite of the ginger works with the chocolate and a good dollop of cream.
MargotThursday, June 7, 2018 at 5:40 pm
You know how some recipes you print and don’t make for years and others you make immediately? I made these this week. My husband brings his breakfast to work with him and I know I have a winner when I receive a text from him. This one said “these scones are awesome!”
[email protected]'s BookbagMonday, June 4, 2018 at 12:47 pm
You made my day with this recipe Sarah!!!!
NatalieSunday, June 3, 2018 at 11:14 pm
YUM! These scones look and sounds so delicious! Perfect for weekend brunch!