a recipe post: chocolate strawberry scones

the snow has been hitting boston hard, and with all this time off i've been back in the kitchen baking! i kicked it off with these chocolate strawberry scones (just in time for valentine's day!).
Strawberry Chocolate Scone
i had been nervous to try making scones for some unknown reason. i just assumed they were difficult, but they were actually easy (though my kitchen was a mess afterward). so here we go!

chocolate strawberry scones (makes about 16)
4 cups plus 1 T all purpose flour
2 T sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
2 T baking powder
2 t salt
3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
4 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cold heavy cream
3/4 cup small diced fresh strawberries
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 egg beaten with 2 T water for egg wash

preheat your oven to 400 degrees. in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, combine 4 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, your baking powder and salt. blend in your cold butter (and i'm not kidding about it being cold. make sure it's cold) on the lowest speed until you have pea-sized pieces of butter. mix your eggs and heavy cream in a separate bowl and then quickly add it to your flour mixture and combine until just blended. coat your strawberries and chocolate chips in your remaining 1 tablespoon of flour in another bowl. carefully mix them into your dough. it'll be sticky. don't worry about it.

very liberally flour your counter and roll out your dough onto it. cover it all in flour. make a big ball. flour your hands and a rolling pin, and then roll out your dough, adding more flour as needed, until it's about 3/4 inch thick. cut the dough into squares and then diagonally cut your squares. place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. brush the tops with your egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. bake for about 20 to 25 minutes. the outside should be crisp and the inside should be cooked through.
Chocolate and Strawberry Scone

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