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Tandem bakery's Briana Holt blends sweet and savory to build a better scone
Milk Street Bowtie Triple Ginger Scones with Chocolate Chunks

Triple Ginger Scones with Chocolate Chunks

Appears in May-June 2019

1 hour 15 minutes 40 minutes active

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Triple Ginger Scones with Chocolate Chunks

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These rich, flavor-packed oversized scones are the creation of Briana Holt of Tandem Coffee + Bakery in Portland, Maine. Ginger in three different forms—ground, fresh and crystallized—give these breakfast pastries plenty of kick, as does ground black pepper. Keep both the butter and buttermilk in the refrigerator until you're ready to use them so they stay as cold as possible, which makes the dough easier to handle. Holt recommends serving the scones after they've cooled to room temperature, but we also loved them warm, while the chocolate is soft and melty.

12

Scones

Tip

Don't worry if the flour-butter mixture doesn't form a cohesive dough immediately after all the buttermilk has been added. In fact, it will be very crumbly, but a brief kneading and the act of shaping and pressing the mixture into disks will bring it together. When kneading, though, take care not to overwork the dough, which will result in tough, not tender, scones.

1 hour 15 minutes

40 minutes active

455 grams (3½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
67 grams (5 tablespoons) white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons grated nutmeg
1 ¼ teaspoons table salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 1/4 cups cold buttermilk
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
18 tablespoons (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled
150 grams (1 cup) roughly chopped bittersweet chocolate
154 grams (1 cup) finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 large egg, beaten
Ingredients
  • 455

    grams (3½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 67

    grams (5 tablespoons) white sugar

  • 4

    teaspoons baking powder

  • ½

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 2

    tablespoons ground ginger

  • teaspoons grated nutmeg

  • 1 ¼

    teaspoons table salt

  • teaspoons ground black pepper

  • cups cold buttermilk

  • 2

    tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger

  • 1

    tablespoon grated orange zest

  • 18

    tablespoons (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled

  • 150

    grams (1 cup) roughly chopped bittersweet chocolate

  • 154

    grams (1 cup) finely chopped crystallized ginger

  • 1

    large egg, beaten

Directions
  1. 01
    Heat the oven to 375°F with racks in the upper- and lower-middle positions. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with kitchen parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, nutmeg, salt and pepper. In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup or a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk, grated ginger and orange zest.
    See Demo
    Triple Ginger Scones with Chocolate Chunks Step 1
  2. 02
    To a food processor, add about ½ of the flour mixture and scatter the butter over the top. Pulse until the butter is in large pea-sized pieces, 10 to 12 pulses. Transfer to the bowl with the remaining flour mixture. Add the chocolate and crystallized ginger, then toss with your hands until evenly combined. Pour in about ⅓ of the buttermilk and toss just a few times with your hands, making sure to scrape along the bottom of the bowl, until the liquid is absorbed. Add the remaining buttermilk in 2 more additions, tossing after each. After the final addition of buttermilk, toss until no dry, floury bits remain. The mixture will be quite crumbly and will not form a cohesive dough.
    See Demo
    Triple Ginger Scones with Chocolate Chunks Step 2
  3. 03
    Lightly dust the counter with flour, turn the mixture out onto it, then give it a final toss. Divide it into 2 even piles, gathering each into a mound, then very briefly knead each mound; it's fine if the mixture is still somewhat crumbly. Gather each mound into a ball, then press firmly into a cohesive 5-inch disk about 1½ inches thick. Brush the tops of each disk lightly with beaten egg. Using a chef's knife, cut each disk in half, then cut each half into 3 wedges. Place 6 wedges on each prepared baking sheet, spaced evenly apart.
    See Demo
    Triple Ginger Scones with Chocolate Chunks Step 3
  4. 04
    Bake until the scones are deep golden brown, 27 to 30 minutes, switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through. Cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes, then transfer directly to a rack and cool for at least another 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
    See Demo
    Triple Ginger Scones with Chocolate Chunks Step 4
Tip: Don't worry if the flour-butter mixture doesn't form a cohesive dough immediately after all the buttermilk has been added. In fact, it will be very crumbly, but a brief kneading and the act of shaping and pressing the mixture into disks will bring it together. When kneading, though, take care not to overwork the dough, which will result in tough, not tender, scones.
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Anthony M.
July 23, 2022
Go-To Scones
I love these scones and make them about once a month (they freeze well!). Buttery, gingery, chocolate-y. What's not to like?
Shannon P.
June 13, 2022
Too Salty?
Did anyone else find these overly salty? I leave open the possibility that I mismeasured; but 1.25 teaspoons seems like a lot for 3.25 c of flour.
Laurie C.

2.5 tsp. of salt is way too much for this recipe. Is this a typo?

Janelle C.

Hi Laurie,

2.5 teaspoons is the correct amount of salt. Just make sure you're using kosher salt as the larger grain size of sea salt, flakey salt and etc. will produce a saltier pastry.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Susan S.

I’ve made these 3 times and love the way they taste, but every time they ooze butter while they bake. I follow the recipe carefully down to keeping the butter and buttermilk cold. Any ideas?

Amy J.

Unbelievably delicious. I had to decrease the ginger somewhat but I love to makes these to give to friends and everyone loves them.

Lara B.

I love these scones and have made them multiple times with various add ins other than the ginger. I personally think that 2.5 tsp kosher salt is way too much salt. I make these with 1 tsp kosher salt and would not want more. Great scone recipe otherwise!

Mary Jane B.

Made them this morning, a lot of steps, agree with others that they were maybe a bit salty, didn't have kosher so used sea salt that I ground. I too had butter ooze out while they were baking but didn't affect anything. Think they were too big and would make maybe 16 instead of 12 out of the dough. In order to decrease the labor, I believe I'll skip the grated fresh ginger or reduce the amount just to save on labor and 2 out of 3 ginger additions should be enough.

Kelsey C.

Yum! These are so good, but a lot of work. Thankfully, they freeze great - I freeze them individually and bake them from frozen at the same oven temp for the same amount of time and they turn out amazing! So nice to have a warm scone out of the oven and have already done all the work!

Diana L.

They taste good. I could not put so much nutmeg and ginger (I put 1 tsp of nutmeg and 1/2 of ginger) as a family member does not like it. Because they taste good, I can probably go without these spices. I only put 12 tablespoons of butter and nothing ooze after it was baked and 1 tsp of table salt (I think a little more is needed... probably as written above 1 and 1/4 tsp). My kid liked it.


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Triple Ginger Scones with Chocolate Chunks

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12

Scones

1 hour 15 minutes

40 minutes active

Tip

Don't worry if the flour-butter mixture doesn't form a cohesive dough immediately after all the buttermilk has been added. In fact, it will be very crumbly, but a brief kneading and the act of shaping and pressing the mixture into disks will bring it together. When kneading, though, take care not to overwork the dough, which will result in tough, not tender, scones.

Ingredients
  • 455

    grams (3½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 67

    grams (5 tablespoons) white sugar

  • 4

    teaspoons baking powder

  • ½

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 2

    tablespoons ground ginger

  • teaspoons grated nutmeg

  • 1 ¼

    teaspoons table salt

  • teaspoons ground black pepper

  • cups cold buttermilk

  • 2

    tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger

  • 1

    tablespoon grated orange zest

  • 18

    tablespoons (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled

  • 150

    grams (1 cup) roughly chopped bittersweet chocolate

  • 154

    grams (1 cup) finely chopped crystallized ginger

  • 1

    large egg, beaten

Step 1 of 4

Combine ingredients

455
grams (3½ cups) all-purpose flour
67
grams (5 tablespoons) white sugar
4
teaspoons baking powder
½
teaspoon baking soda
2
tablespoons ground ginger
teaspoons grated nutmeg
1 ¼
teaspoons table salt
teaspoons ground black pepper
cold buttermilk
2
tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
1
tablespoon grated orange zest

Heat the oven to 375°F with racks in the upper- and lower-middle positions. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with kitchen parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, nutmeg, salt and pepper.


In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup or a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk, grated ginger and orange zest.

Step 2 of 4

Create dough mixture

18
tablespoons (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled
150
grams (1 cup) roughly chopped bittersweet chocolate
154
grams (1 cup) finely chopped crystallized ginger

To a food processor, add about ½ of the flour mixture and scatter the butter over the top. Pulse until the butter is in large pea-sized pieces, 10 to 12 pulses. Transfer to the bowl with the remaining flour mixture.


Add the chocolate and crystallized ginger, then toss with your hands until evenly combined. Pour in about ⅓ of the buttermilk and toss just a few times with your hands, making sure to scrape along the bottom of the bowl, until the liquid is absorbed.


Add the remaining buttermilk in 2 more additions, tossing after each. After the final addition of buttermilk, toss until no dry, floury bits remain. The mixture will be quite crumbly and will not form a cohesive dough.

Step 3 of 4

Assemble scones

1
large egg, beaten

Lightly dust the counter with flour, turn the mixture out onto it, then give it a final toss. Divide it into 2 even piles, gathering each into a mound, then very briefly knead each mound; it's fine if the mixture is still somewhat crumbly.


Gather each mound into a ball, then press firmly into a cohesive 5-inch disk about 1½ inches thick. Brush the tops of each disk lightly with beaten egg. Using a chef's knife, cut each disk in half, then cut each half into 3 wedges. Place 6 wedges on each prepared baking sheet, spaced evenly apart.

Step 4 of 4

Bake scones

Bake until the scones are deep golden brown, 27 to 30 minutes, switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through. Cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes, then transfer directly to a rack and cool for at least another 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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