A long, long time ago, I was a child. And as a child I wanted to get my parents something really special for Valentine’s Day. Of course this would be the late 80’s so the “allowance” had not yet been invented and I was therefore forced to make something for my parents as a gift. This particular year I made a coupon book. It was full of things like “Free Hug!” and “Help cook dinner” and the like. I remember being careful not to put anything too awful in there such as “Clean the House” or “Be nice to my brother”. I didn’t want to be saddled with that kind of obligation. Overall, the coupon book was well received and I basked in the glory of a job well done.
These days, I am on the receiving end of the Valentine’s Coupon Book, or I could be anyway. So with that 1980-something construction paper and glitter booklet in mind, I have been thinking about what I would want my coupon book to hold. Free hugs are always nice, and a helping hand with dinner isn’t a bad start, but I can think of a couple things that my kiddos could volunteer that would make my day.
Bathe the Dog. I’m telling you right now, our dog stinks. She is constantly finding something half-rotten to wallow in and if I can forego washing that mutt just one time I would be grateful.
Make the Coffee. I have long since forgotten how to program our over-complicated coffee pot. Therefore, I stumble bleary-eyed to the coffee pot every morning and start the pot for the morning. Grind the beans, struggle with the filter, fill with water and wait. If I could just wake up to a pot already waiting on me, that would be glorious.
Breakfast in Bed. The ultimate gift that says “I love you enough to get up before you and make breakfast”. And in my house, the givers of the gift would have to get up pretty early to get up before me, but I could be easily persuaded to stay under the covers until breakfast was ready.
These berry scones would be an ideal breakfast in bed treat. Fresh berries and sweet chocolate drizzle go perfectly with coffee, a couple loving kiddos, and a sweet-smelling dog all piled into bed on Valentine’s Day.
Berry Scones with Dark Chocolate Drizzle
These berry scones are a delectable breakfast treat or sweet nibble with tea or coffee.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
- 1 cup mixed berries, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup whole buttermilk
Dark Chocolate Drizzle:
- 2 ounces 72% dark chocolate
- 1 Tbsp butter
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Stir in the fruit.
Beat the buttermilk and egg together in a small bowl and then add to the dry mixture. Mix until everything just comes together and then turn out the dough onto a lightly floured board. Knead briefly, 5-6 times, then place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Form the dough into an 8-inch disc. With a board knife or other large knife, cut the dough into 8 pieces, but do not separate the pieces.
Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the dough is cooked through.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan over very low heat, melt the butter and chocolate together until smooth. Remove from heat. Drizzle the chocolate over the scones. Serve warm or store, covered at room temperature for up to 2 days.