Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Recipe for chocolate-chip orange scones (using einkorn)

This recipe is a sweet adaptation of my biscuit recipe. It is for chocolate-chip orange scones, but you can change your mix-ins for different flavors.

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones

yields: 8 large scones
prep time: 10 mins
bake time: 12-15 mins


for the scones:
3 cups all-purpose einkorn flour (works with regular flour, too)
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp salt
4 1/2 tbsp (58 g) palm shortening, or cold butter cut into small pieces
3 tbsp (45 g) sour cream
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/8 tsp orange extract - optional
approx. 1 1/4 cup whole milk

for the glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a large baking sheet.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, orange zest, salt, shortening/butter, and sour cream until the mixture looks crumbly. Add the chocolate chips and orange extract and stir briefly to incorporate evenly.

3. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly start pouring milk into the mixing bowl until the dough comes together and sticks to the paddle in a large clump. The dough should be damp and tacky to the touch, but not runny. Tip: Allow the dough to rest in the bowl for a minute, then check again to make sure it's not too dry. Einkorn is slow to absorb liquids and fats, and you may find that you need to add more milk to get the right consistency after the dough has had a chance to 'rest.' It is impossible to give an exact amount of milk as that will depend on several factors, such as how tightly you packed the flour, how soft your butter/shortening is, the humidity, etc.

4. Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a large surface generously covered in flour. Gently roll or pat the dough into a large circle of about 1" thickness. The top of the dough should be sprinkled with enough flour to no longer be tacky when worked with.

5. At this point, to get fluffy, moist scones, it is critical to layer the dough by 'folding and turning.' Simply fold the circle of dough in half, and pat into a circle of 1" thickness a second time. You may need to add more flour under and on top of the dough to keep it from sticking, but be careful not to add more flour than necessary or the scones will become too dry.

6. Repeat the fold and turn, then pat the dough into a circle of 1" thickness a third time. With a large knife, cut the circle into 8 equal size wedges. Place wedges on the baking sheet, being careful not to overcrowd them.

7. Bake about 12-15 mins, until the scones are just starting to turn golden. Move to a cooling rack.

8. While the scones are baking, make the glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar and orange juice concentrate. Drizzle the scones with the orange glaze. Enjoy!

Other flavor options: The possibilities are endless. Here are some suggestions:

Lemon Blueberry: Use 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries in place of the chocolate chips. Replace orange zest with lemon zest. Make glaze from powdered sugar plus lemon juice or lemon extract.

Strawberry: Use 1 cup fresh strawberries, diced, in place of the chocolate chips. Add 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract. Replace orange zest with lemon zest. No glaze necessary.

Maple Pecan: Use 1/2 cup chopped pecans in place of the chocolate chips. Omit orange zest. Add 1/2 tbsp maple or vanilla extract. Make glaze from powdered sugar and maple syrup.

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 Here is a video of me making these scones:

If you are new to baking with einkorn, or thinking of making the switch, I highly recommend the Jovial Foods Einkorn cookbook.

 available on Amazon


  1. What are your thoughts are commercially available flour, like sprouted spelt, sprouted einkorn?

  2. We had these for breakfast this morning, they were so light and delicious. They were so easy to make the night before. Thank you for the recipe.

  3. Making these today. I'm going to make chocolate chip and lemon blueberry because I simply cannot decide which ones to have!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. These look so delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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