Pinterest. It’s amazing how one word can evoke such strong opinions in people. If you haven’t heard of it, Pinterest is essentially a virtual bulletin board. When you see something you like online, you “pin” its photo to one of your boards for easy reference.

When I first heard people buzzing about it online, it sounded like the most useless thing in the world. A few months later, when I was trying to find a recipe in my multitude of bookmarks, I started to think a photo pin-board might have some merit after all. I purposed to be very intentional about how I would organize my Pinterest boards, and determined my board topics before I even had an account. I try to not deviate from those topics, and only pin things I might actually do. This means I do not have a category for my dream 5000 square foot house with an ocean view. There is too much potential for this site to breed discontentment in my heart, and I am doing my best to use this site as a tool to help me, rather than allow it to make me unhappy with my reality. I have much to be thankful for and I won’t let all the pins of perfect homes, gourmet food, and toned rear-ends tell me that I am less-than.

With all that said, it’s a useless waste of time if all I do is browse Pinterest and pat myself on the back for feeling creative. So as a bit of an accountability thing, I’m going to occasionally post here with my take on a Pinterest project: aptly titled Pinterested. I know, I am so clever. Hopefully I’ll take on a few crafty projects in the future, but for today it’s all about food.

I love scones. I love dark chocolate. How can you go wrong with a Dark Chocolate Chunk Scone? These are so delicious! Use a good dark chocolate. That should go without saying, but I’m saying it. I used Camino 71% Bittersweet. Alright, enough preamble. Here’s the recipe. The original had a glaze, but I skipped that step. I was in no mood to wait around for them to cool so I could drizzle a glaze on. Just gimme the chocolate already!

Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones
Makes 16 small scones
(Adapted from Savory Sweet Life)

9 ounces (or approximately 2 cups) all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small chunks
4 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add the cold butter, and quickly rub the butter into the flour mixture with your fingers until the mixture resembles wet sand with a few small lumps of butter remaining. Add the chopped chocolate and toss to combine.

Meanwhile, whisk together the heavy cream, egg, and vanilla extract. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the mixing bowl, gently tossing with the flour and butter mixture. Add just enough of the wet ingredients to bring the dough together as you stir gently. You don’t want the dough to be too sticky.

Once the dough comes together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape the dough into a large disc, and cut the disc into four equal parts. Then, shape each quarter of the dough into a disc and cut it into four wedges. Place the wedges on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until the tops of the scones are slightly golden. Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool.

4 Responses to “Pinterested: Take 1”

  1. Jean:

    I keep having to invite myself over for all these wonderful foods (and drinks)… is this getting annoying? : ) ‘cuz I can stop if you want me to. Otherwise – can you save some for me for when I come back from BC? Better yet, make me a fresh batch and invite me over on Tuesday, May 8th… I’ll act surprised.

  2. kim:

    I am eating the last one at this moment. May 8th…prepare to be surprised.

  3. Jayna:

    Ha ha – yes, I am tired of seeing the toned butts too! 🙂 The scones look great!

  4. Angie:

    I am on the same page with Pinterest! I LOVE it!!! I’ve done dozens of things in the past few months thanks to ideas from the site… basically with the kids or in the kitchen. So many fantastic ideas that make me a better wife and mom!!!

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