August 31, 2010

Ricotta Chocolate Chips Scones: yes, we'll have chocolate again!

I’m writing down this recipe and I’m thinking :“Christiane will complain about the fact that I’m using chocolate again”. Christiane, of The Mom Chef, and I share many things (even though we never met before!). Recently, she reminded that one of these things is that we do not like chocolate, except in very rare occasions.

However, I have a husband that loves chocolate. The other day when I asked him whether he liked the bread pudding he told me “you know, amore, that you just have to put chocolate and I will love everything you make”. Well, not a great incentive for somebody, like me, who wants to try new things every time. But he is my husband and if I want to please him (and if I want my baking products to be eaten) I have to make things with chocolate from time to time. After all, he tries all the recipes I make, even the ones that are not very successful.

Right after I made the Blueberry Ricotta Tartletts, Camala, of CC Recipe, gave me a great suggestion on how to use the leftover ricotta. They made amazingly looking Orange Ricotta Scones. I did not have orange and orange extract at home (and again…I had to please the husband!) so I changed the recipe a little bit and adapted it to Wally’s tastes. Also, I did only half batch because sometimes I don’t want to bake 8 big scones…that means having the same thing for breakfast and snack for two or three days.

Despite my changes, I love the addition of ricotta to the dough. Christiane (and everybody else): you should check out the original recipe!

Ricotta Chocolate Chips Scones

115 gr (4 oz or a bit less than 1 cup) all-purpose flour
25 gr (2 tbsp) sugar
¾ tsp baking powder
one pinch baking soda
one pinch salt
70 gr (3 oz) whole milk ricotta cheese
30 gr (2 tbsp) butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

60 ml (2 fl oz or 1/4 cup) buttermilk
2 ml (1/4) tsp vanilla extract

40 gr (1.3 oz or ¼ cup) chocolate chips
milk to brush and brown sugar to top

Preheat the oven to 400F degress. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl whisk together the flour, the sugar, the baking powder, the baking soda and the salt.

Cut in the ricotta and butter and lightly work with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Gently stir in the buttermilk, the vanilla extract and the chocolate chips.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead gently for 1 – 2 minutes, the dough should hold together but be a bit crumbly.

Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pat the dough into a 3/4-inch-thick circle.

Cut  the dough into 4 wedges without separating them. Use a pastry brush to brush the surface of the dough with milk and then sprinkle with brown sugar.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Let them cool on a cooling  rack.

Have a sweet day!

Adapted from: CC Recipe

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  1. Love this with the buttermilk and ricotta. Must smell wonderful and great texture. Now I'll be thinking about scones all day!

  2. what did the husband think about the ricotta in them?

  3. Thank you ladies. And good question Selina: I didn't tell him there was ricotta in them until he tried them...let me just tell you that I made only 4 so not to have too many leftover the day after and instead I didn't even get to eat them for breakfast! He took them all. The nice thing is that ricotta makes them very soft and give them a light texture but with the choc chip addition you do not taste the ricotta so strongly as in a cream. My way of being sneaky with my husband :)

  4. Thanks for giving them a try Sara, love the adaptions and they sound so fabulous with the chocolate, since I am also a chocoholic! Love that the hubby calls you amore, HOW Sweet!

  5. Chocolate lover. Man after my own heart. They look great! Amanda

  6. @Camala: i still wish I had tried the ricotta-orange combo :(
    And yes we call each other of the few italian words he me it does not come spontaneous to use English pet-name, nicknames, sweet names so we stick to it :) it is sweet indeed
    @Amanda: you should try them! I liked them even not being a chocolate lover!

  7. These scones look really yummy! I love the idea of using ricotta in scones, too! They look so soft and fluffy.

  8. I don't know if we can be blog friends anymore. You don't like chocolate. :O

  9. You are so funny. Kudos for making chocolate chip scones for your hubby (just like I did the chocolate banana bread for my family!). Love is letting the chocolate flow, even if it doesn't pass through us. The scones do look delicious, as all your stuff does!

  10. Very interesting idea using ricotta - must try it sometime!

  11. questi scones senbrano davvero deliziosi,brava.

  12. I would like these scones with the chocolate chips, but I would also love the blueberry or orange scones as well. They sound wonderful with the addition of ricotta!

  13. Hey Sara, i think your husband and my husband are related! Anything with chocolate.... I guess that pretty easy for us to know how to instantly satisfy them! This looks scrumptious! Yumm!

  14. These are so flaky! And one just can't go wrong with chocolate, Sara. :D

  15. Yum!!!!!! They look so good. I love ricotta!

  16. I love the addition of the chocolate, even if it's not your fav. Keeping these on the list too!

  17. Ah questi me li segno! Da provare, provare e riprovare ;)

  18. I usually just eat leftover ricotta with a spoon over the next few days lol! This sounds like a much better idea :)

  19. @Sunflowers8: e puoi davvero fare tutte le combinazioni che vuoi...tanto la ricotta sta bene con quasi tutto...o tutto secondo me!
    @Dana: I usually do that too :) but this time I had a lot of ricotta leftover and a husband that was begging for scones :)

  20. did I miss this post! I love scones and making with ricotta is just amazing!!! throw in chocolate chips and I will follow you anywhere!!! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!


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