From the Kitchen of The Pearl of Seneca Lake B & B
Dundee, NY

Orange Chip Scones

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Preheat the oven to 350 deg.   Grease a baking sheet or use parchment paper or a Silpat liner.   The secret to scones is to keep the dough cold.   After I have cut the butter into the flour mixture, I often place the bowl in the freezer for a few minutes.   (I have also prepared the dry ingredients and frozen it until I am ready to proceed.)   After the scones are made, I place them on the refrigerator shelf till I am ready to bake them.

In a large bowl, using a pastry cutter or food processor, add:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
8 tbsp butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Cut the butter with a pastry cutter into the flour mixture, or pulse the flour and butter for a few seconds in the food processor, being careful not to overmix and warm the butter (you want chunks of butter that will melt in the oven).

Add to mixture:
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 tbsp grated orange peel

Gently add the following mixture to the dry ingredients:
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp orange extract

Mix till all the ingredients come together.   Form into a round, about 1/2 to 1 inch thick.   Cut into triangles and place on a baking sheet.

Brush the scones with:
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tbsp milk or half & half

Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 350 deg for 18-22 minutes.   Best when eaten warm.