Dark Chocolate Peppermint Scones

When my book club met to discuss The Secret, Book, & Scone Society, we also had to have snacks and not just any snacks we needed to have scones! Why scones? Because in the novel one of the characters, Hester, is a baker and makes comfort scones. These scones are based on what she thinks her patrons will be comforted by.

“I just ate the most amazing scone at the Gingerbread House, but the baker said the recipe couldn’t be duplicated because her scones are based on people’s fondest memories. She told me that she uses a basic recipe and adds certain ingredients after talking to each customer.” “That’s what I’ve heard as well,” Nora said.”

The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams

Hester makes quite a few scones in this mystery but I decided to go with a peppermint chocolate one as she makes that for the character who gets murdered, as his death is the catalyst that brings our ladies together and what forms the The Secret, Book, and Scone Society

“Even though he ordered a comfort scone, I sensed that he didn’t think he was worthy of comfort. He seemed weighed down by guilt. When people with an untroubled conscience enter my bakery, their faces light up like a Christmas-tree star. If they’ve come to Miracle Springs to seek relief from cancer or arthritis pain or what-have-you, they still glow with that firefly light when the aroma of fresh-baked bread envelops them. That scent speaks of coming home…but this guy’s lips were practically zippered closed. I decided it would take a powerful flavor combination to coax a good memory to the surface, so I went out on a limb and chose a wintery recipe: Peppermint mocha.”

The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams

As Hester doesn’t give an exact recipe, I went looking online and found this Peppermint Scone recipe from Domestically Blissful. In The Secret, Book, and Scone Society Hester mentions putting mocha in her scones, I don’t like mocha so I chose a recipe without it.

Ingredients for Scones:

  • 2 & 3/4 Cups Flour + Extra for Stickiness
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Cold Butter
  • ½ Cup Half & Half
  • ½ Cup + 3 Tablespoons French Vanilla Creamer
  • 1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons French Vanilla Creamer, optional

Ingredients for Icing

  • 2–3 Tablespoons French Vanilla Creamer
  • 1 Dash Peppermint Extract
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1–2 Candy Canes, crushed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. First, preheat your oven to 400° degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl sift together 2 & 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 pinch of salt.
  3. Use a cheese grater to crumble 1/2 cup of butter into the dry ingredients.
  4. Then stir the butter crumbles into the dry ingredients.
  5. Next, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the 1/2 cup of half & half, ½ cup + 3 tablespoons French vanilla creamer, and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract.
  6. Stir until combined and then form the dough into a ball.
  7. Flatten with your hands and fold the dough in half. Repeat this process 3-4 more times to create layers.
  8. Roll the dough out so that it is 2-3 inches tall then use a biscuit cutter to cut the dough into scones.
  9. Place the scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush the top of each scone with French vanilla creamer.
  10. Place the scones in your preheated oven and bake your scones for 12-17 minutes.
  11. Let cool slightly and then top them with peppermint icing created by mixing 2-3 tablespoons of French vanilla creamer, 1 dash peppermint extract, and 1 cup powdered sugar to your desired thickness.
  12. Before the icing hardens, sprinkle crushed candy cane on top of each scone.

These were absolutely delicious! We all loved them and were very comforted as we discussed our book. As we met in February or discuss this book, I had plenty of candy canes left to go on top.

For more scones, go to Sweet Cream Scones

For more recipes, go to Brown Butter Matcha Brownies

Books, Tea, and the Trinity: Healthy Waldorf Salad

Back in 2020, some friends and I started a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club, now named Books, Tea, and the Trinity. We have met every Wednesday and worked our way through the Chronicles of Narnia, currently reading through the Lorien Legacies. When we started I resolved to share all the recipes we made for tea, something I am desperately trying to catch up on.

When we worked through A Horse and His Boy, this book didn’t have as many “food moments” as it’s predecessor The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; so we just made whatever we wanted to eat.

Emma (1996)

As I wasn’t in charge of this book, there will be no discussion questions, just recipes. 

The first week we had Cederberg Tea Co. Classic Red and Red Chai Tea. We also had Apple Cinnamon Scones, Heirloom Tomato Tarts with Basil, and a Waldorf Salad.

Years before, a friend of mine made Waldorf Salad and I liked it but not the mayonnaise or the other extra sweets. I decided to make my own, healthier version.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Gala or Pink Lady Apple (they don’t brown as easily), chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Your choice of dressing

Instructions

  1. Chop the lettuce, celery, walnuts, and apples.
  2. Toss the ingredients.
  3. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Top with your choice of dressing (I prefer a vinaigrette.)

I and everyone else thought it was delicious. And I enjoyed it way more than the Mayo-marshmallow version.

For more from our Books, Tea, and the Trinity tea times, go to Apple Cinnamon Scones

For more salad recipes, go to Tomato Hummus Salad

For more recipes, go to How to Make Royal Milk Tea

For more tea posts, go to Spill the Tea: Caroline’s Coffee Roaster

Books, Tea, and the Trinity: Apple Cinnamon Scones

Back in 2020, some friends and I started a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club. We met every Wednesday and worked our way through the Chronicles of Narnia and are currently working through the Lorien Legacies. When we started I resolved to share all the recipes, but since then have decided to rework these posts. Instead of having the book we are reading through at the front of the recipe, I’m changing it to be our tea group’s name: Books, Tea, and the Trinity.

After we finished The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; the next book in the series was A Horse and His Boy. This book was a bit harder to plan recipes as it didn’t have as many starting off points as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but that also meant we could plan whatever we wanted to.

As I wasn’t in charge of this book, there will be no discussion questions, just recipes.

The first week we had Cederberg Tea Co. Classic Red and Red Chai Tea. We also had Apple Cinnamon Scones, Heirloom Tomato Tarts with Basil, and a Waldorf Salad.

This scone recipe comes from the King Arthur Baking Company.

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup fresh apple, in 1/2″ pieces (about half a medium apple)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Topping

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • milk, for brushing

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the butter to the mixture in the bowl, until the mixture is unevenly crumbly.
  3. Stir in the chopped apple.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and applesauce.
  5. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until all is moistened and holds together.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment; if you don’t have parchment, just use a baking without greasing it. Sprinkle a bit of flour atop the parchment or pan. Or use your scone pan.
  7. Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment or pan, and divide it in half. Gently pat and round each half into a 5″ to 5 1/2″ circle about 3/4″ thick.
  8. To make the topping, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Brush each circle with a bit of water or milk, and sprinkle with the topping.
  9. Using a knife, slice each circle into 6 wedges.
  10. Place the pan of scones in the freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  11. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  12. Bake the scones for 18 to 22 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
  13. Remove the scones from the oven, and cool briefly on the pan.
  14. Enjoy!

These scones were delicious! We instantly devoured them! We had a hard time trying to stop eating.

I also just made them the other day and turned out to be missing some ingredients, having to substitute with more applesauce. The scones were just as good, which is a great marker of the recipe, as the base was strong enough to withstand changes. I highly recommend these scones.

For more from our Books, Tea, and the Trinity tea times, go to Spinach Puffs

For more scone recipes, go to Blueberry Yogurt Oat Scones

For more from the King Arthur Baking Company, go to Snickerdoodles

For more recipes, go to How to Make Royal Milk Tea

For more tea posts, go to Spill the Tea: Caroline’s Coffee Roaster

Tea Party Tea Terms Word Scramble

Party time!

Are you ready for another Tea Party game?

So for my 29th Birthday Jane Austen Tea Party, I shared a few tea themed games we played. Yesterday we had our tea advent swap with friends and had to come up with a game. I was trying to decide between the Tea Tray Memory Game and a Tea Trivia game, when I decided to do a Tea Terms Word Scramble.

I love doing word scrambles, and thought this would be so much easier as I wouldn’t have to bring any items or worry about it being too hard for anyone (I struggle with making my trivia too hard or too easy).

I also thought this would be a lot of fun, and it did turn out to be. I have the game below if you would like to use it and I have included the answers after the image. Enjoy!

Clotted Cream, kettle, cloth napkins, tea pot, scones, sugar cubes, tea tray, cream pitcher, earl grey, tea infuser, sandwiches, honey dipper, sugar tongs, teapot cozy, and sugar bowl.

For more tea party themed games, go to Jane Austen Birthday Party: Guess How Many Sugar Cubes

For more game ideas, go to Jane Austen Birthday Party: What’s in Your Purse Game

Blueberry Yogurt Oat Scones

So my sister and I started Period Drama Saturdays last year during the stay at home orders.

At first we would just have tea but then that grew to adding snacks to our teatime.

One Saturday we were planning on watching Outlander and I had really been wanting to try out some oat scones from Plum Deluxe, and I felt like what better time than the present? After all oats and Scotland seemed to go well together.

But then I started baking and after I had already started mixing my ingredients, I realized my Sour Cream had expired, so instead I had to use a substitute.

From Clueless

I searched the internet and my fridge and ended up substituting with blueberry Greek yogurt. And because I was no longer following the recipe and had some frozen blueberries I decided to throw them in too. That’s also why these scones came out an interesting color.

YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, grated and frozen
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour of choice
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup of Blueberry Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 to 4 tablespoons milk, if necessary
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 Cup of Frozen or Fresh Blueberries
  • Sugar for topping

Directions:

  1. Grate and freeze butter, storing in freezer until just before ready to use.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in large bowl.
  4. Add butter and toss with a fork until mixture is crumbly.
  5. Add yogurt, baking soda, and blueberries; mixing until just combined, being careful not to overwork the dough.
  6. If the dough is too crumbly and the flour does not incorporate, add a splash of milk to help bring it all together.
  7. Turn dough onto a greased baking sheet, and form into a one-inch thick disk. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Cut into 8 wedges, placed slightly apart on baking sheet.
  9. Refrigerate 15 to 30 minutes before baking (to re-chill the butter).
  10. Bake 18 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and set.

These were good, but not that sweet. Would I make them again? I’m not sure. They weren’t bad, but they were also not fantastic or memorable. I plan to retry this recipe in the future again, but this time I will make sure I have all the ingredients.

In other news, I made this recipe at the beginning of the month, when I had Flat Jane, so that means I’m a step closer to finishing. If only I could catch up on all my other lists. But as for now:

For more recipes, go to Turkish Delight

For more scones, go to Blueberry Rose Scones

For more blueberry scones, go to Irish Blueberry Scones

For more tea posts, go to Jane Austen Birthday Party Music & Party Review