I admit, I find gluten-free/egg-free baking a bit challenging. Sometimes I give in—as I did last weekend—and make a baked good with eggs in it. We just have to scarf it down out of view of our 2-year old who has the egg intolerance. Well, today I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of a batch of scones. I wanted to make my kids a little something special for breakfast to go along with the gobs of organic berries I'd bought. They enjoyed the scones, but I'm afraid they enjoyed the berries more (that's not to say that the scones weren't yummy!). You can read the funny story at the end of this post.
In a small bowl, add in this order and set aside:
3/4 cup UNSWEETENED VANILLA HEMP MILK (or other non-dairy milk)
1 tablespoon LEMON JUICE
1/4 cup extra light OLIVE OIL
1 teaspoon gluten-free VANILLA EXTRACT
8 drops SweetLeaf® Vanilla Creme liquid STEVIA drops
In a large bowl, combine:
1 cup ALMOND FLOUR (I use Honeyville® or make your own)
2 cups BOB’S RED MILL® ALL-PURPOSE GF BAKING FLOUR (or make your own)
2 tablespoons FLAX MEAL (I use Stober’s® from Costco or grind flax seeds in a coffee grinder or blender)
1/2 teaspoon XANTHAN GUM (found at natural food stores)
1/3 cup COCONUT SUGAR (sifted if lumpy) or EVAPORATED CANE SUGAR (if you use cane sugar)
2 tablespoons BAKING POWDER (how to make your own)
1/4 teaspoon SEA SALT
1/2 cup mini CHOCOLATE CHIPS (I use Enjoy Life®). See Notes.
Add and stir until just combined:
Mix-in of your choice (I used Enjoy Life® mini-chocolate chips)
Divide dough in half. With moistened hands, gently form a ball with one half of the dough and practice your softball pitch straight onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Throw dough down onto cookie sheet with a thwack! These should make a 1-2 inch thick disk. Gently flatten a bit more to create a 1-inch thick disk. Repeat with second half of dough. With a sharp, wet knife, cut each disk into six pie-shaped wedges. Gently nudge apart to create a 1/4 inch gap between each slice. Gently brush tops with non-dairy milk. Bake at 400˚F for 15 minutes. Cool slightly on a cooling rack before serving.
Now for the funny: If something I make looks good AND tastes good, I get out the camera and snap a few pictures. Today's scones were worthy of a picture and I had some extra time to fancy the shot up with berries and my grandmother's silver. As usually happens, my attention was diverted to a load of laundry. Ten minutes later I came back downstairs to find my 4-year old bellied up to the sink washing something red off his hands. Hmmmm, I thought. What had he gotten into? It turned out THEY had gotten into my PHOTO SHOOT, agghhhh! So the first picture is the BEFORE—what I left before attending to the laundry. The second is the AFTER—what I found when I came back. We all had a good laugh!