It is that time of year again where love is all around. Red hearts decorate shop windows, champagne flows down every aisle of the supermarket, and roses are springing up everywhere. It is the time of year when you show the special ones in your life just how much you love them (even though in my opinion, should you not show them more than once a year?) I am a strong believer of the old saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, however that is also true for me… Therefore to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, I thought what better way than to make something yummy, sweet and personal: Chocolate and Hazelnut Scones.
225g self-raising flour (sieved)
Pinch of salt
55g butter (cold and cubed)
25g hazelnuts (roasted, blanched and roughly chopped)
25g caster sugar
50g milk or dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
Preheat the over to 220C and grease and line a baking tray. Mix the flour and salt together, and then rub in the butter. Mix in the hazelnuts, chocolate and sugar, then stir in the milk to form a soft dough.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface, lightly knead for about 30 seconds, and then pat out into a round circle (just under an inch thick). Using a heart shaped cutter, stamp out some scones and place them on the baking sheet. Lightly knead and bring together the leftover mixture and stamp out more scones. Keep repeating until all the dough is used – it should make around 8 to 12 scones depending on the size of the cutter.
Brush the top of the scones with a little bit of milk or egg, and bake in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes (or until golden and well-risen). Transfer to a wire rack and serve warm or cold. The obvious natural choice of topping is nutella, however a homemade jam would also work well.
A lovely gift to give to loved ones during this romantic period would be a pack of mini heart scones (using a small cutter). They are ideal ‘dippers’ into nutella and can be shared over a cup of tea or a glass of bubbly.
These are also my entry into this month’s Tea Time Treats, a fantastic monthly baking event hosted by Kate from What Kate Baked and Karen from Lavendar and Lovage. Each month has a different theme, and this month’s theme (hosted by Kate) is Romance 🙂