Sour Cream Chocolate Chips Scones


I love eating scones, especially when made with sour cream or yoghurt and studded with goodies like chocolate chips. The sour cream gives a very nice softness to the scones and compliments the chocolate. You can use this as a basic recipe and play around with other ingredients like cranberries, currants, raisins, chopped walnuts or even M & Ms. The oven must be hot to get good results.

 Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Makes:   6

300 g plain flour

½ teaspoon salt

30 g caster sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

70 g Thirumala Ghee, chilled and then cut into small pieces

100 g semi-sweet chocolate chips

80 g sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2-3 tablespoons cold full cream milk

Flour for dusting

2 tablespoons marmalade or apricot jam for glazing

2 tablespoons hot water


  1. Heat oven to 220°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.
  3. Add the Thirumala Ghee. Using a pastry blender or your hands, rub the ghee in until the mixture forms small crumbs.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and toss to combine. Make a well in the centre of the mixture.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the sour cream, vanilla essence and milk.
  6. Add to the flour mixture. Using a fork, gently stir until incorporated; do not overly mix. Bring the dough together to form a ball.
  7. Dust the table top with flour. Flatten the dough lightly to form a 2 cm thick pastry.
  8. Using a scone cutter, cut into rounds or just use a knife to cut into 6 pieces.
  9. Arrange on prepared baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Combine the jam and hot water together and stir it so that it is not lumpy.
  11. Brush the jam on the scones while still hot. This helps to give a nice shine and glaze to the scones.
  12. Preferably serve the scones warm.

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