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Almond Fig Scones – Gluten & Dairy Free

This month’s Gluten-Free Ratio Rally – Scones – is being hosted by Lauren over at Celiac Teen, go there to see all the other great recipes created for this rally!

I had so much fun playing with scone ratios!  After I had a ‘plain classic “cream” style’ scone I started thinking of a myriad of ways to flavor them. There were so many choices floating in my head that I was starting to have trouble sorting them all out!  My very first thought was a Matcha Green Tea & Apricot Scone.  But after the Japan nuclear disaster I didn’t think a ‘green’ scone was going to be wildly popular.  The green color just might make one think of radioactive nuclear waste… which seemed off-putting to me.  So off to the drawing board I went.  I do think my original flavor combination will be quite good, but maybe at another time.  :-/  Say next March perhaps??

In looking around in my cupboards I saw a bag of dried figs and thought I would use them.  So I started by chopping them into small bits, a medium to small dice in chef speak!  OK, major flavor chosen, what would go well with figs?  Ah yes, almonds!  So I chopped a few of them with my handy dandy chopper.  Oooo, and maybe some lemon zest too!  There seems to be a lemon zest thing going on here at this blog…

Note to self:  use a new cutting board for photos.   Sorry y’all!

Almond Fig Scones – Gluten & Dairy Free

scone ratio 3 flour: 1 liquid: 1 fat: 2 egg

2 oz each potato starch and quinoa flour

3 oz sourghum flour

2 & 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 TBSP evaporated cane juice

1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt

2 oz Earth Balance (soy free) buttery spread

2 oz cashew cream

2 large, pastured organic eggs

zest of 1 lemon

1/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds

1/4 cup small – medium diced dried figs

2 tsp coarse raw sugar and lemon zest, set aside

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Measure all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Whisk them together.  Measure the fats into the same bowl.  With a pastry blender, 2 knives or a kitchen aid mixer, cut the fats into the dry ingredients until they resemble coarse crumbs.

Measure the liquid into another bowl or measuring cup.  Add eggs and mix together.  Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.  Beat on medium high for 5 minutes.

Add in lemon zest, chopped almonds and figs.  Stir to incorporate in the batter.

Scrape into a greased pie plate.  For some reason this scone “dough” was very wet and loose.  To to make them not flat as pancakes I baked them in a pie plate.  Worked out GREAT!  Sprinkle coarse raw sugar and lemon zest on top.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Do not ever bake.

These scones were so good.  They were reminiscent of a fig newton.  It has been so long since I have had one of those… I used to love those little cookies.  Eating them as a scone was a real treat!!

I did try one other ratio for scones.  But I didn’t like the texture of those.  They were more like a piece of cake than what I have some to think of as a scone.  There was no way to hold one of those in your hand to eat it.  The taste was good, but when you have come to expect a certain texture in a particular baked good, it is disconcerting to have it seem like something else altogether!  So… when you are looking for a gluten free scone recipe you first need to determine what kind of scone texture you want the end result to come out like.  Then, knowing ratios, you will have to examine the recipe to see if it is more cake-like or biscuit like.  All the scones on this blog will be a rich biscuit like texture.  Just so you know!  :-)

And to think I was afraid of scones… go figure!

Here are links to all the other Ratio Rally Scones!
Amie of The Healthy Apple – http://thehealthyapple.com/2011/05/04/gluten-free-rice-crispy-scones/

Britt of GF in the City – http://www.gfinthecity.com/2011/05/gluten-free-ratio-rally-scones.html

Brooke of B & the Boy – http://bellwookie.blogspot.com/2011/05/coconut-scones.html

Caleigh of Gluten-Free[k] – http://gluten-freek.blogspot.com/2011/05/jam-on-top-or-cream-on-top.html

Caneel of Mama Me Gluten-Free – http://mamameglutenfree.blogspot.com/2011/05/savory-jalapeno-cheese-scones.html

Caroline of The G-Spot – http://thegspotrevolution.com/?p=3228

Charissa of Zest Bakery – http://www.zestbakery.com/ingredient/almond/amaretto-soaked-cherry-and-almond-scones/

Claire of Gluten Freedom – http://www.thisglutenfreelife.org/2011/05/ratio-rally-strawberry-banana-scones.html

Erin of the Sensitive Epicure – http://thesensitiveepicure.blogspot.com/2011/05/millet-scones-gfree-rally.html

Gretchen of Kumquat – http://kumquat-blog.blogspot.com/2011/05/gluten-free-ratio-rally-maple-oat-nut.html

Irvin of Eat the Love – http://www.eatthelove.com/2011/05/spotlight-on-savory-green-garlic-bacon-thyme-scones-with-white-pepper-maple-glaze-gluten-free-ratio-rally

Jeanette of Jeanette’s Healthy Living – http://www.jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2011/05/glutendairyegg-free-coconut-pineapple.html

Jenn of Jenn Cuisine – http://jenncuisine.com/2011/05/banana-apple-and-currant-scones-gluten-free

Karen of Cooking Gluten-Free – http://cookingglutenfree.com/2011/05/gluten-free-ratio-rally-oat-scones-with-currants/

Kate of Katealice Cookbook – http://katealicecookbook.com/2011/05/01/cinnamon-fruit-scones/

Lauren of Celiac Teen – http://www.celiacteen.com/2011/scones-ratio-rally/

Lisa of Gluten-Free Canteen – http://glutenfreecanteen.com/2011/05/01/gf-ratio-rally-bisconies-actually/

Lisa of With Style and Grace – http://withstyle.me/2011/05/04/gf-lavender-earl-grey-lemon-scones

Marla of Family Fresh Cooking – http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/05/02/avocado-scones-vegan-and-gluten-free-recipe/

Meaghan of Wicked Good Vegan – http://www.thewickedgoodvegan.com/2011/05/04/gf-scones/

Melanie of Mindful Food – http://mindfulfood.blogspot.com/2011/05/hazelnut-cream-scones-with-blackberry.html

Meredith of Gluten Free Betty – http://glutenfreebetty.blogspot.com/2011/05/cinnamon-raisin-scones-for-gluten-free.html

Mrs. R of Honey from Flinty Rocks – http://honeyfromflintyrocks.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/classic-cream-scones-gluten-amp-dairy-free/

Mrs. R of Honey from Flinty Rocks – http://honeyfromflintyrocks.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/almond-fig-scones-gluten-amp-dairy-free/

Peter and Kelli of No Gluten No Problem – http://noglutennoproblem.blogspot.com/2011/05/gluten-free-ratio-rally-mesquite-scones.html

Sea of Book of Yum – http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/may-ratio-rally-gluten-free-classic-dairy-free-scone-recipe-6823.html

Shauna of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef – http://glutenfreegirl.com/gluten-free-scones/

Silvana of Silvana’s Kitchen – http://silvanaskitchen.com/2011/05/gluten-free-pecan-streusel-scones-with-cinnamon-drizzle

Tara of A Baking Life – http://abakinglife.blogspot.com/2011/05/gluten-free-ratio-rally-ginger-scones.html

TR of No One Likes Crumbley Cookies – http://tcrumbley.blogspot.com/2011/05/gluten-free-cinnamon-pecan-scones.html

Wendy of La Phemme Phoodie – http://laphemmephoodie.com/2011/05/red-velvet-scones-for-the-gluten-free-ratio-rally.html

Winnie of Healthy Green Kitchen – http://www.healthygreenkitchen.com/coconut-raisin-scones-gluten-free-and-vegan.html

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

Classic “Cream” Scones – Gluten & Dairy Free

In working with the Ratio Rally, our baking ratio project for this month is scones.  But Rhulman does not have a ratio for scones.  I tried emailing and facebook messaging him but he directed me back to The Gluten Free Girl.  No one else seemed to know what ratio to use and an internet search turned up… nothing…  so…

I took the standard recipe for biscuits and scones from my trusty 1962 copy of Joy of Cooking and worked out a ratio mathematically!  My engineer father would be so proud.  :-)

An English scone is different than an American scone.  The American version is less tender and more dry.  The “Joy of Cooking” says that scones are a richer biscuit with the addition of cream and eggs.  Mrs. Rombauer is definitely talking about American scones!  This is the kind of scone I have always made.  I have to tell you that scones are the one gluten free baking item I have been the most afraid of making.  In my gluten baking days I was locally famous for my scones.  Would I even be able to duplicate those?

1962 Hardback Copy

Biscuits

2 cups flour, ¼ cup lard, 2/3 – ¾ cup buttermilk, NO egg, salt, baking powder, sugar, soda.

Rhulman’s ratio for biscuits is: 3 flour: 2 liquid: 1 fat: 0 egg

Scones

2 cups flour, ¼ cup butter, 1/3 cup cream, 2 eggs, salt, baking powder, sugar

Ratio I came up with: 3 flour: 1 liquid: 1 fat: 2 egg

This month’s Gluten-Free Ratio Rally – Scones – is being hosted by Lauren over at Celiac Teen, go there to see all the other great recipes created for this rally!

My Basic Scone Ratio Recipe – Gluten Free & Dairy Free

2 oz each brown rice flour, sweet rice flour, sorghum flour

2 ½ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, 2 TB sugar

I added 1 TB ground flax seed (my own addition)

1 oz palm shortening, 1 oz earth balance buttery spread, I would have used all earth balance, but in my excitement I forgot…

2 oz cashew cream

2 eggs

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Weigh out the flours into your mixing bowl, then add all the other dry ingredients and whisk them together.  Then weigh the fats into the same bowl.  Cut in the fats with a pastry blender, 2 knives or a kitchen aid mixer until it looks like course crumbs.  I used my kitchen aid mixer.

Weigh the cashew cream into another bowl or measuring cup & add eggs, mix them together.  Add them to the dry mix.  After completely mixing the wet & dry ingredients together, beat it on medium/high for an additional 3 – 5 minutes.

Spread the dough on a baking sheet or stone into a ¾ inch high circle.

Basic Scone Dough - Side

You can skip the divot I made in my “circle”.  :-)  Bake for 15 minutes.

Basic Scones

  Cut and eat!

Arrow ate one then came and asked for seconds saying “these are so good!”.

These scones are good.  They are rich and dry like my gluten scones.  Slathered   with Earth Balance (soy free) buttery spread and strawberry jam… what’s not to love!  I look forward to playing with other flours and even trying to use ghee for that rich buttery flavor.  But that is for another day…

Here are all the links for the Ratio Rally Scones!
Amie of The Healthy Apple – http://thehealthyapple.com/2011/05/04/gluten-free-rice-crispy-scones/

Britt of GF in the City – http://www.gfinthecity.com/2011/05/gluten-free-ratio-rally-scones.html

Brooke of B & the Boy – http://bellwookie.blogspot.com/2011/05/coconut-scones.html

Caleigh of Gluten-Free[k] – http://gluten-freek.blogspot.com/2011/05/jam-on-top-or-cream-on-top.html

Caneel of Mama Me Gluten-Free – http://mamameglutenfree.blogspot.com/2011/05/savory-jalapeno-cheese-scones.html

Caroline of The G-Spot – http://thegspotrevolution.com/?p=3228

Charissa of Zest Bakery – http://www.zestbakery.com/ingredient/almond/amaretto-soaked-cherry-and-almond-scones/

Claire of Gluten Freedom – http://www.thisglutenfreelife.org/2011/05/ratio-rally-strawberry-banana-scones.html

Erin of the Sensitive Epicure – http://thesensitiveepicure.blogspot.com/2011/05/millet-scones-gfree-rally.html

Gretchen of Kumquat – http://kumquat-blog.blogspot.com/2011/05/gluten-free-ratio-rally-maple-oat-nut.html

Irvin of Eat the Love – http://www.eatthelove.com/2011/05/spotlight-on-savory-green-garlic-bacon-thyme-scones-with-white-pepper-maple-glaze-gluten-free-ratio-rally

Jeanette of Jeanette’s Healthy Living – http://www.jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2011/05/glutendairyegg-free-coconut-pineapple.html

Jenn of Jenn Cuisine – http://jenncuisine.com/2011/05/banana-apple-and-currant-scones-gluten-free

Karen of Cooking Gluten-Free – http://cookingglutenfree.com/2011/05/gluten-free-ratio-rally-oat-scones-with-currants/

Kate of Katealice Cookbook – http://katealicecookbook.com/2011/05/01/cinnamon-fruit-scones/

Lauren of Celiac Teen – http://www.celiacteen.com/2011/scones-ratio-rally/

Lisa of Gluten-Free Canteen -http://glutenfreecanteen.com/2011/05/01/gf-ratio-rally-bisconies-actually

Lisa of With Style and Grace – http://withstyle.me/2011/05/04/gf-lavender-earl-grey-lemon-scones

Marla of Family Fresh Cooking – http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/05/02/avocado-scones-vegan-and-gluten-free-recipe/

Meaghan of Wicked Good Vegan – http://www.thewickedgoodvegan.com/2011/05/04/gf-scones/

Melanie of Mindful Food – http://mindfulfood.blogspot.com/2011/05/hazelnut-cream-scones-with-blackberry.html

Meredith of Gluten Free Betty – http://glutenfreebetty.blogspot.com/2011/05/cinnamon-raisin-scones-for-gluten-free.html

Mrs. R of Honey from Flinty Rocks – http://honeyfromflintyrocks.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/classic-cream-scones-gluten-amp-dairy-free/

Mrs. R of Honey from Flinty Rocks – http://honeyfromflintyrocks.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/almond-fig-scones-gluten-amp-dairy-free/

Peter and Kelli of No Gluten No Problem – http://noglutennoproblem.blogspot.com/2011/05/gluten-free-ratio-rally-mesquite-scones.html

Sea of Book of Yum – http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/may-ratio-rally-gluten-free-classic-dairy-free-scone-recipe-6823.html

Shauna of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef – http://glutenfreegirl.com/gluten-free-scones/

Silvana of Silvana’s Kitchen – http://silvanaskitchen.com/2011/05/gluten-free-pecan-streusel-scones-with-cinnamon-drizzle

Tara of A Baking Life – http://abakinglife.blogspot.com/2011/05/gluten-free-ratio-rally-ginger-scones.html

TR of No One Likes Crumbley Cookies – http://tcrumbley.blogspot.com/2011/05/gluten-free-cinnamon-pecan-scones.html

Wendy of La Phemme Phoodie – http://laphemmephoodie.com/2011/05/red-velvet-scones-for-the-gluten-free-ratio-rally.html

Winnie of Healthy Green Kitchen – http://www.healthygreenkitchen.com/coconut-raisin-scones-gluten-free-and-vegan.html

Blessings,

~Mrs. R