Scones are some of the most delicious foods a person can have. I personally love the scones that look like biscuits but have the sweetness and color of fruit preserves or jam inside them.
Scones are a wonderful treat to have, especially when they are homemade!
Of course, if you are adopting the gluten-free lifestyle, you will probably automatically believe that you will never taste a scone again. After all, they are not only full of sugar and sometimes nuts but, scones are also known for always having gluten.
Maybe you have already assumed that a sweet, scrumptious scone is just one of the foods that you will have to avoid eating, in order not to suffering an allergic reaction.
But, fortunately, there is a way for you to enjoy the great taste of scones without having any physical side effects! There are some gluten-free mixes available with which you can make your own scones. I have recipe ideas as well.
One of the best multi-purpose supplies for gluten-free eaters is a gluten-free flour mix. King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour is a good choice. It’s great for baking just about anything in a delicious and wholly gluten-free way. Here’s a great recipe I found for gluten-free scones that uses the King Arthur mix.
Prep Time: 17-23 minutes
Cooking Time: 18-22 minutes
Yields: 8 scones
- 1 ¾ cups of King Arthur Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg, optional
- ½ cup (1 stick) of cold butter
- ¾ cup of dried apricots, raisins or cherries
- 2 large eggs
- ? cup of cold non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon of gluten-free vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a divided scone pan or grease (or line with parchment paper) a baking sheet.
- Whisk together the flour blend, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt and nutmeg.
- Work in the cold butter until the mixture is crumbly.
- Stir in the dried fruit.
- Whisk together the eggs, fruit, milk and vanilla until frothy.
- Add to the dry ingredients, stirring until well blended. The dough should be cohesive and very sticky.
- Drop the dough by the ? cupful into the scone pan or baking sheet; if you haven’t added the dried fruit, use a slightly smaller amount of dough, about ¼ cup. Let the scones rest for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle the scones with baking sugar or cinnamon sugar, if desired. Bake for 15 or 20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let the scones rest for 5 minutes or so before serving. Best enjoyed warm, with butter and jam.
Recipe Courtesy King Arthur Flour
If you prefer using a different kind of gluten-free flour, there are many more recipes out there for baking scones with different gluten-free flours. I’ve included a recipe for making gluten-free lemon scones. Any dessert pastry or scone made with lemon will never fail to be great crowd-pleaser!
Gluten-Free Lemon Scones
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Baking Time: 15-20 minutes
Yields: 6-8 scones
- 1 ¼ cup of sweet white sorghum flour
- ½ cup of tapioca flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons of cream of tartar
- 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons of xanthan gum
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 egg
- ? cup of plain yogurt
- ¼ cup of lemon juice
- Milk or melted butter for glazing
- Sugar or ground cinnamon for glazing, optional
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the flours, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, lemon zest and sugar.
- Beat the egg well with the yogurt, then stir in the lemon juice. Pour over the flour mixture and mix well until moistened.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 5 or 6 times. Pat the dough into a ½ inch thick round, brush with milk or melted butter, and cut into 6 or 8 wedges. Sprinkle each scone with cinnamon and sugar.
- Place the scones on the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes or so until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before serving.
Recipe courtesy The Daily Green
There are other recipes on the internet for many different kinds gluten-free scones, such as chocolate and cranberry. All you have to do is explore (and experiment)! Maybe you will come up with your own unique recipe for gluten-free scones. Either way, the gluten-free diet is no longer a deprivation of sweet, delicious baked goods!
Image courtesy Vegan Feast Catering