Chocolate Scones

500g flour
190ml brown sugar
62ml cocoa powder
10ml baking powder
2,5ml salt
120g butter, cubed
220g dark chocolate, chopped
250ml cream
5ml vanilla
125ml pecan nuts, chopped
15ml cream
brown sugar for sprinkling

Preheat your oven to 220℃ and line a large baking sheet with baking paper.
Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add the butter and rub it into the dry ingredients with your fingers.
Add the chocolate to a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan with simmering water and stir it every now and then until completely melted.
Add the melted chocolate, cream and vanilla and lightly mix through, making sure that all dry ingredients are moistened.
Add the chopped pecan nuts.
Knead the dough 3 or 4 times by hand to bring everything together in a ball. Do not overwork the dough – scones are soft and crumbly when the dough is handled less.
Place the dough ball on the prepared baking sheet and pat it down into a 20cm diameter circle.
Cut the dough circle into 8 wedges and slightly separate them with the. blade of the knife.
Brush the top of the scones with the 15ml cream and sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.
Serve the scones with a dollop of whipped cream.

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