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This easy gluten free scones recipe has a special place in my heart. It was the first recipe I created after my Celiac diagnosis that was both gluten free and mouth-wateringly awesome. It was my first gluten free success, I guess you could say!
I have made these gluten free scones hundreds of times now, some with berries, others with chocolate chips, others with a cinnamon-raisin swirl; it’s a gluten free recipe that is perfectly suited to any of these twists, and its light, moist, semi-sweet crumb makes it the ideal recipe for breakfast, tea or dessert.
What you add to this delicious scone recipe is up to you (or what you have on hand).
As with many of my baking recipes, yogurt is a key ingredient for sustainable moisture, but it shouldn’t be overlooked for flavor as well. There is just no reason to use plain yogurt in a baking recipe! Take advantage of the opportunity to liven up your creations by experimenting with yogurt flavors (piña colada yogurt anyone?!), and try some of the great new coconut, almond or soy yogurts out there if you are avoiding dairy.
Whatever your twist, be sure to try this amazing recipe – you’ll wish you’d discovered it years ago! It has become my go-to breakfast-in-a-hurry recipe, as it takes only 5 minutes to whip it up and 10 minutes to bake. It almost takes all the fun out of our crazed morning routine of scrambling to get the kids to the bus stop on time! (Ok, even though breakfast is ready, my kids still somehow wind up racing to the corner with untied shoes and unzipped bookbags!).
This week scones made it into our routine with the addition of succulent fresh-picked white peaches. What will yours look like?
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Whisk together all dry ingredients in a large bottom bowl. Cut butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or two knives. Stir in the eggs (or vegan substitute) and yogurt. Gently fold in fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc., if using.
Turn dough out onto a clean counter or pastry mat dusted with gfJules Flour so that the dough isn’t so sticky. Pat into a rectangle to a thickness of about ¾ – 1 inch. The diameter of the dough should be approximately 7 inches across.
If making Cinnamon Swirl Scones, melt butter in a small bowl and stir in cinnamon and brown sugar. Spread on top of the rectangle of dough, then gently fold the rectangle over itself, so that the butter-cinnamon-sugar mixture is in the middle of the dough. Gently pat the rectangle out again so that it is 1 inch thick.
Cut into triangles with a bench scraper or butter knife. Place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush the tops with butter or non-dairy substitute or milk of choice and sprinkle with a pre-made cinnamon and sugar mixture, if you like.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, just until the tops are lightly browned and it resists a gentle finger pressing down on top of a scone. There shouldn’t be any uncooked parts of the dough peeking through, but be careful not to overcook!
(*Note: if using fresh cut fruit like peaches, the dough will be much wetter and more difficult to pat out and cut – if the dough is very wet, simply dollop large spoonfuls of dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet for “drop biscuit” scones. Bake as directed above.)
Makes approximately 8 scones.