Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Nutella Stracciatella Scones

Celebrating World Nutella Day
Nutella Stracciatella Scones
I thought I didn't like scones.  I thought they were dry hockey pucks that required a lot of tea or coffee to get down without coughing. 

As it turns out, there are just a lot of bad scones out there. It doesn't have to be that way.  They can be flaky without being dry.  Tender without falling apart. It just takes the right ratio of dry and wet ingredients with a balance of butter or oil and some care to not over work the dough.
Now, I love scones.  I'm kinda obsessed with them.  I probably make various kinds of scones a couple times a week, just to experiment with the flavors and add-ins.

You may be wondering what I do with all those scones every week?  Well, first - I created a recipe that makes a reasonable amount.  I cut them into small scones that make perfect little breakfast, tea, or snack bites. 
And second, I freeze them, then bag them and cook them as needed.
That part has become a life saver in my family.  I label how to cook them and anyone in the house, even visiting friends, know they can just take one out and pop it into the toaster oven and have a hot, fresh, tasty scone within 12 minutes.
 It has made breakfast time for my teenage son.... well, he eats breakfast now.  That's amazing enough, right?

Now, the Nutella part -  Yes, there are other Nutella scone recipes out there, but it's the technique in this that makes it special and preserves a deep Nutella flavor.  The Nutella is not just mixed in, and soaked up which often leaves the dough heavy.  The Nutella is rubbed into the dry ingredients, like you would do butter. 
This creates little pellets of chocolate hazelnut goodness and gives it stracciatelle (little shreds in Italian) appearance.
This also allows the Nutella to stay moist and hold on to its own flavor.
 There's nothing difficult here, no equipment needed, not even a mixer.  You quickly rub the Nutella in with your finger-tips, right after you rub the butter cubes in with your finger-tips.

These have become a hit at many catered brunches and teas, but nobody loves them more than my husband (who likes to claim he'll  "make the fresh scones for us this morning" as he takes them out of the freezer.) 

RECIPE: Nutella Stracciatella Scones-
2 cups AP Flour
1/2 cup Yellow Corn Meal
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1 Tbls. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
6 ounces Unsalted Butter (cold, cut in small cubes)
1/2 cup Nutella
1 egg
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/3 cup Heavy Cream

1)  In a bowl, whisk dry ingredients (flour through salt) together.
2)  Run butter cubes into the flour mixture with your finger-tips until the butter is generally the size of peas.
3)  Add the Nutella and also rub into the dry ingredients with finger tips, working quickly until fairly evenly distributed.  Do not over-work.
4)  In another bowl, whisk together the egg, ricotta and cream.
5)  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients.  Toss with a fork to combine.
6)  Empty the dough onto a parchment covered work board and gather into a large ball that holds together.
7)  Don't over-work the dough, but knead just a couple times to make sure it's holding evenly.  Divide the dough into 4 even parts (less if you want bigger scones.)
8)  Press each part into a circle that is about 3/4 inch thick.
9)  Cut the circle in half across, then cut each half into 3 even triangles.
10)  Place the mini-scones on a lined baking sheet about an inch apart.  These can be frozen for later and bagged, or baked now.  Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 10-15 minutes depending on size of number of scones.
**optional - before baking, sprinkle with seasoned sugar and/or milk glaze.

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1 comment:

Allison Day said...

These sound amazing! I love the technique, looks gorgeous and sounds really tasty. ^_^