Caramelized White Chocolate Peach Scones

Caramelized White Chocolate Peach Scones from ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

I rarely bake scones, since my son was deemed the scone expert in the family. But, I had a craving and he was busy being a teenager, so I set off to make these caramelized white chocolate and peach scones myself. He came home and told me I did a nice job, so that is really all the endorsement you should require to know these are worthy. 😉 The peaches sitting on my counter were ripe, but not busting open with juice, so they were just right for adding to the scone. You want them to have flavor and be ripe, but still have some body, so they don’t turn to mush when you mix them into the dough. Typically I’m not a huge white chocolate fan, but I’ve been on a white chocolate caramelizing kick and thought it would be a lovely match for the peaches. Caramelizing white chocolate give it a bit of a nutty edge that it otherwise lacks and makes it way more flavorful and interesting. Caramelizing the white chocolate is something that requires a touch of patience, so I recommend doing it with a glass of rose wine (not so much that you forget to stir the chocolate) and settle into the kitchen for a bit.

You can watch me caramelize the chocolate and make the scones in my instagram video

Caramelized White Chocolate Peach Scones from ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Caramelized White Chocolate Peach Scones

1/2 cup Guittard White Chocolate  (It matters what kind of chocolate you use, so DO NOT try this with coating chocolate) – If you don’t want to caramelize the chocolate, just toss the white chocolate chips into the scone dough or leave them out all together.

3/4 cup half and half (half milk and half heavy cream)

2 large eggs

3 cups (385g) all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for the tops

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Zest of one lemon

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

1 medium peach, washed (skins on), pitted and cut into 1/4-inch pieces

2 tablespoons heavy cream for brushing on the tops

Lemon Curd for serving

To caramelize white chocolate:

Preheat oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with a Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat.

Spread white chocolate onto baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until chocolate is shiny and melted. Spread it out with an Offset Spatula. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven, gather up the chocolate and then spread it out with the spatula again, so it is in a thin layer. Repeat this process every ten minutes until it caramelizes. It will go through a very thick stage and then liquify again. If your chocolate seizes up (gets grainy), you can still use it as is in the recipe.

To make the scones you can watch my video on instagram or follow my son’s instructions here.

Caramelized White Chocolate Peach Scones from ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François