Having seen a number of recipes including cacao nibs around the interweb, I was naturally curious to try some myself. I had eaten them before in chocolate bars, but never plain. Not that I recommend eating them plain — the flavor itself is rather bitter and slightly on the wooden side. But add them to a baked good, and suddenly you have a lovely, coffee-flavored crunch. I decided to experiment and throw them into some scones, and was pretty pleased with the results. These are great accompanied by a cup of coffee for a leisurely breakfast, accompanied by a few fresh raspberries on the side. I also topped them with raspberry jam, to add a little more sweetness.
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“Scones?” you are probably thinking. “With butterscotch? How can that possibly count as breakfast and not as dessert?” Well, let me assure you that these certainly are breakfast. Or dessert. Or a mid-afternoon snack with your second iced coffee of the day (spring! Or global warming…) My mother has been making these for years and I always request them when I go home, even though I can make them perfectly well myself. But there’s just something about having your mom make breakfast for you, you know? Sigh. Anyways, since I am obsessed with salted caramel and salted chocolate and basically all salty-sweet combinations, I decided to change things up a bit and sprinkle some sea salt on these lovelies. All of the sudden, what was once a sweet breakfast pastry is now a lot more interesting. Or at least I think so. If you aren’t a fan of salted caramel (but then really, who isn’t?) simply leave off the salt. Continue reading