A card is about the most I normally manage on Valentine’s Day. But as I also love baking, it’s a perfect excuse to create something heart-shaped which contains chocolate. Chocolate is an absolute weakness of mine. Cheap or expensive, there is definitely place for both in my life and Valentine’s Day could gives me a justified reason to eat it for breakfast – in the shape of my Valentine Breakfast Scones.
Another favourite for me at breakfast time is home-made Seville orange marmalade, which I have made in vast quantities over the last two years. I am now trying to use up as much as I can in cakes, ice creams, marinades and of course, on toast. Over the last week, I have been enjoying the marmalade on my latest recipe creation – orange zest and dark chocolate chip Valentine breakfast scones. Chocolate, orange and marmalade are perfect partners, especially when they involve a sweet warm scone, a layer of sea salted French butter and a topping of bittersweet nectar.
I make scones regularly, especially when teaching as they are simple to prepare and take a minimum of equipment to produce – perfect for classrooms that are lacking in suitable kitchen facilities. All I need is a plastic mixing bowl and a spoon. I don’t roll the dough but simply pat it into shape which keeps the scone mixture light and airy. I used my caramelised apple and cinnamon scones recipe for these scones and added in chopped dark chocolate and the zest of two satsumas but any form of orange would do.
I couldn’t think of anything better than waking up to the small of a batch of freshly baked scones on Valentine’s Day. The question is – will I be making them for myself or will someone make them for me…
If you are looking for more Valentine breakfast inspiration then check out some of these ideas:
Coconut Mango Waffles – Recipes from a Pantry
Nutella spelt pancakes – Baking Queen
Italian Eggs Benedict – Fuss Free Flavours
Cinnamon Eggy Crumpets – Celery & Cupcakes
Beetroot, blueberry & buckwheat pancakes – Veggie Desserts