Prepare your ingredients.
Chill all the ingredients well in the fridge except for the ☆ ingredients.
Cut the butter into 1 cm cubes.
Mix the coffee powder with boiling water well and add milk. Cool this in the fridge.
Meanwhile, combine the flour and sugar in a bowl and mix well with a whisk or chopsticks.
Add the butter at this point and press the butter into the flour using a dough cutter or fork.
Once mixed, use your fingertips (thumb and index finger) to rub more butter into the flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbles like in this picture.
Make a well in the centre and add the egg and the milk coffee. Mix together using a cutting motion with rubber spatula.
Add the chocolate chips before the mixture forms a soft dough. If it's too hard, add more milk. On the other hand, if it's too soft, add a small amount of cake flour.
When the powder disappears, transfer onto a bench dusted with cake flour. Roll it out to 1.5 cm thick and 18 cm diameter with a rolling pin.
Cut into 8 shapes like in this picture.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the scones on the paper, allowing space to expand between each. Bake in an oven preheated to 200°C for 10-15 minutes.
Bake until the scones puff and turn slightly golden brown! Cool them down on a wire rack.
Tip: They're still nice when cool, but I recommend putting them in a toaster oven to warm them up. You can store them in the freezer.
Story Behind this Recipe
I love coffee and scones, so I created coffee flavoured scones. It's a great match with the bitterness of coffee and sweet chocolate chips. I like the volume and texture of the scones from Starbucks, so I tried to recreate it in my recipe.
The most important point is mixing it all quickly while everything is still cold. I have confidence that my scones can compete with those from coffee shops. Please enjoy while having hot coffee at your home café. If you make these with a heart shape, it would be a great gift for Valentine’s Day!