Orange and Chocolate Scones + “Cook Without A Book” Giveaway

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Winner Update! The random calculator chose number 47, which was Misie! Her suggestion for a cozy meal:

Thanks everyone for playing!

I. Can’t. Get. Warm.

Yesterday I spent most of the day on the couch–under a pile of blankets–contemplating if I should turn on the heat or not. I didn’t.

Saturday night I spent 2 hours watching Hugo (so beautiful–especially in 3D!) just straight freezing.

Friday was the last day I was warm. I was in sweats and colorful socks, baking up these scones (and various other treats!); which lead me to the realization: If it’s cold out, head to the kitchen. Grab your baking sheets, pre-heat your oven. You’ll be warm in no time. Guaranteed.

Now, let’s talk scones!! And this giveaway!!

This scone recipe comes from Pam Anderson’s new book, Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians.

Phew! What a title.

This book will do just as promised–teach you to cook without a book.

The entire book provides you with basic recipes for everything from breakfast foods (see: scones!) to soups and salads, along with ideas to change the recipes depending on your taste or what is available to you.

After you master each recipe or technique, you’ll be able to put the book away (or reach for it only for reference) and cook…without a book! Genius!


Leave a comment below answering the question:

“What do you eat when you’re cold?” Let’s talk cozy food!

Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, December 7th at noon.

Thanks to Pam and Maggy for this awesome giveaway! YAY!

Orange and Chocolate Scones

Print this recipe!

2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon orange zest (from 1 orange)
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, frozen solid
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg
2 teaspoons turminado sugar

Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle positition and preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or nonstick liner.

Mix the flour, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, the baking powder, salt, baking soda, and orange zest in a medium bowl. Grate one-third of the butter into the flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; toss to coat with the flour. Repeat grating and tossing twice more. Using your fingertips, work the butter and flour together a bit more. Mix in the chocolate chips.

Mix the sour cream and egg with a fork until smooth. Stir the sour cream mixture into the dry ingredients with the fork until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the side of the bowl to form a ball. (There may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together. If necessary, flick a little water into the bottom of the bowl to get the last bits to adhere.) Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat into a 7 1/2-inch round about 3/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with the turminado sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 wedges. Place the wedges about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake until golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Recipe by Pam Anderson from Cook Without A Book: Meatless Meals

{ 387 comments… read them below or add one }

Jocelyn Shaw December 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Cookies! Any kind but straight out of the oven!


erin December 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

soup! or tea. yummy. and warm :)


Maggie December 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm

my favorite is homemade soup – something that fills the kitchen with wonderful smells!


Katy December 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Definitely hot chocolate–usually with a candy cane in the winter (or peppermint schnapps!), or cookies, mac and cheese, or the stand by of soup! I’m not a huge soup lover but I adore Chicken Tortilla Soup; it’s perfect for chilly days because it’s spicy and hot–double warm! Hope you warm up soon!


Laura December 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm

When I am cold, I love to eat tortilla soup. Oh yes please. Makes me go yum all the way to my toes.


Genevieve December 7, 2011 at 12:08 am

I’d have to go with the popular choices of oatmeal for breakfast and soup for dinner on a cold day! And if I have to go out in the cold weather, I’ll stop at a coffee shop for a steaming chai latte…mmm!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 7, 2011 at 12:31 am

My great grandmother’s French vegetable soup is what gets me through the coldest days of winter.


Nicole PM December 7, 2011 at 12:40 am

A recent favorite meal for warming up me and the kitchen-end of the house is a big batch of spicy, sweet, vinegary baked beans with your jalapeno cheddar biscuits.


laura @ glutton for nourishment December 7, 2011 at 1:07 am

soup and crusty bread!


Rebecca December 7, 2011 at 1:57 am

A big bowl of hot pasta!


Jennifer Bender December 7, 2011 at 2:05 am

I make tomato soup from home canned tomatoes and grilled cheese with aged cheddar.


erin December 7, 2011 at 2:09 am

Tomato soup!


Claire December 7, 2011 at 2:55 am

Hot toddy! Peeled and cut up orange in a mug + 1 shot rum + 1 shot maple syrup + cloves + cinnamon stick, filled to the top with hot water.


Christina December 7, 2011 at 3:20 am

Red wine never fails me! I also love a big bowl of butterbeans with cornbread.


Becky December 7, 2011 at 3:24 am

Soups, stews, and chili are my go-to foods when it gets cold – needless to say, I’ve been having lots of those lately!


Ruby December 7, 2011 at 5:02 am

Hot cocoa!


Dana December 7, 2011 at 5:10 am

When I am cold, I want heavy, braised, slow cooked things. We’re talking stews, short rib ragu…

But my current favorite is such an ultimate comfort food it might dethrone grilled cheese and tomato soup. My new husband and I (four months as of yesterday!) just discovered a fantastic and simple Hungarian cabbage and noodle recipe that only takes a few ingredients: cabbage slowly caramelized in a spoonful of rendered bacon fat, seasoned with salt and pepper, and tossed with buttered egg noodles.

Not exactly health-tacular, but winter comfort foods are all about developing that blubber layer so you can go into hibernation, right? ;D


Ruby Alexandra December 7, 2011 at 6:10 am

I like to put on cozy clothes, snuggle up in bed, watch TV, and eat hot vegetarian minestrone and some crusty bread! Yum!!


Dawn December 7, 2011 at 7:51 am

Soup, soup, and more soup! Tomato-based ones are my favorites. :)


Jennifer December 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

Warm chocolate chip cookies & milk with Christmas music plating in the background while decorating our tree!


Alicia @ Treble Tart December 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I love to eat chili or pasta when I’m cold, with a big fat hunk of bread. :)


Erin S. December 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Hot chocolate. Soup. And tea. In that order :)


Sarah L December 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I love to eat chili with cornbread on the couch watching football with a fire on :D


Lindsey Johnson December 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Broccoli and Cheese Soup with a baguette! YUM!


Claire December 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Nothing is better than Chili or Ramen when it’s cold out. And warm french bread… Yummm.


AC December 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Carnitas. Think I need to buy some pork shoulder tonight in case it snows!


ikkinlala December 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

When I’m cold I like soup, especially chowder.


Gail December 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for the giveaway


Katrina December 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Chicken and Dumplings. Boom. Especially if they are from Mother’s Bistro in Portland!


Emily C December 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I love a good tomato bisque!


Elise December 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Here’s a little story of how I entered this giveaway:

1. Read the original post. Opened the link in Amazon. Thought, “Wow, what a great book, I should ask for it for Christmas!”. Closed post.
2. 2 days later, came back to read the cinnamon sugar crackers post. Loved it. Saw in Google Reader that the original post was a giveaway. Loved it!
3. Opened original post to comment. Saw “Winner will be selected Wednesday at noon”. Looked at clock. Clock read 12:38 pm. Closed post.
4. Immediately realized that noon meant Pacific time. Re-opened post. Commented.


PS I love to eat baked pasta and chili in the cold weather – anything tomato-y and warm.


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Cathy December 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Soup, hot and hearty!


Denise B December 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm

chicken and dumplings


heather December 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

A big bowl of chilli sounds good!


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