The other day I had a few moments to myself, so I made a hot cup of coffee, grabbed a magazine I had been wanting to browse through, and curled up on my couch. It was a rare quiet moment that I was going to cherish, but something was missing. I needed a snack, but couldn’t think of anything that I had on hand that would satisfy my craving. It was at this moment when I came up with the idea to make some gluten free chocolate chip cranberry scones.
Now scones are not something that I snack on on a regular basis, but I had just watched an old movie the night before where people had tea and scones… so I guess that’s why the idea to make some popped in my head. My scones though couldn’t be just any kind of scones though. My scones had to have some chocolate in the recipe and they had to be easy to make.
Not As Difficult As I Thought
When I started researching on how to make scones, I was pleasantly surprised that they really are not that hard to make. For some reason, I had envisioned that they would take a long time to prep and cook.
Yet, with just a few simple gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients, I found that making scones is something pretty darn easy and fun to do.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cranberry Scones
These scones are a perfect snack match for any of your favorite hot mug drinks.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 6 scones 1x
- Category: Snacks
- Cuisine: Gluten-Free
- 2 cups of all purpose gluten-free flour blend (I like this one for store bought)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp guar gum or xanthum gum
- 1/3 cup granulated organic sugar
- 4 Tbsp cold vegan stick butter – cubed
- 3/4 cups coconut cream (cream, not milk – see note below)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 Tbsp almond milk
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 400° F and line large cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Sift flour blend, sugar, baking powder, salt, and guar gum in bowl.
- Cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in coconut cream and milk mix until dough holds together
- Add in walnuts, chocolate chips, and cranberries and stir until well combined.
- Drop dough onto a sheet of wax paper and kneed for a few minutes until smooth.
- Shape into a round circle that is about 3/4 thick. Divide and cut into equal triangle pieces.
- Place triangles on prepared cookie sheet. Giving each one about 1 to 2 inches space between.
- Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until edges become golden brown.
- While scones are baking, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small sauce pan on low heat. Warm till chocolate is completely melted. Allow to cool.
- Remove and allow to cool completely
- Drizzle with chocolate glaze with spoon if desired.
- Keep in air-tight container
This coconut cream takes place of heavy whipping cream.
- Before making the recipe, place a can of unsweetened coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Remove from refrigerator and allow to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Open the can and drain off any liquid.
- Scoop out the coconut cream and use in recipes
Sift It, Sift It Good
Gluten-Free baking for me has been a challenge in the past. Some of my recipes would turn out dense or not cooked all the way through. So, after doing a little research and asking around, I learned a few tricks here and there.
One of those tricks that seems to help is to remember to either sift or whisk my dry ingredients.
I’m not sure exactly what it does to the ingredients beyond making sure they are all distributed evenly, but it really does seem to make a difference.
A Perfect Hostess Gift Idea Too
As I was putting this recipe together, it came to me that these would make a perfect hostess gift. Whether it’s a holiday party or just a general friends get together, these gluten free Chocolate Chip Cranberry Scones would work for any event.
They are just right for a ladies brunch or even a sweet treat after a nice meal.
It’s also a great way to bring along a treat that you can eat in case there are no gluten-free or dairy-free options available.
What Is A Scone?
Having grown up watching a lot of old movies with my mom and grandmother, I only knew that scones were something that looked like biscuits and people with accents usually ate them.
It wasn’t until I recently started watching The Great British Baking Show that I actually learned what scones were really about.
Now, I know that my gluten free chocolate chip cranberry scones wouldn’t pass the ‘Mary’ test, but that’s OK with me. I’ll just call them the ‘American’ version of a scone to get away with it.
A Wee Bit of Scone History
(taken from Food Reference.com)
Scones are biscuit-like pastries or quick breads that are often rolled into round shapes and cut into quarters, then baked, sometimes on a griddle. Scones can be savory or sweet and are usually eaten for breakfast, but are also served with tea and in coffeehouses.
Scones got their start as a Scottish quick bread. Originally made with oats and griddle-baked, today’s version is more often made with flour and baked in the oven. As for the origin of the word “Skone”, some say it comes from the Dutch word ‘schoonbrot’, which means beautiful bread, while others argue it comes from Stone of Destiny, where the Kings of Scotland were crowned. According to Webster’s Dictionary, scones originated in Scotland in the early 1500s.
Scones became popular and an essential part of the fashionable ritual of taking tea in England when Anna, the Duchess of Bedford (1788 – 1861), one late afternoon, ordered the servants to bring tea and some sweet breads, which included scones. She was so delighted by this, that she ordered it every afternoon and what now has become an English tradition is the “Afternoon Tea Time” (precisely at 4:00 p.m.). They are still served daily with the traditional clotted cream topping in Britain.
What About You?
Are you a scone fan? Have you ever even tried one?
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. And if you’ve never tried making them before, then please feel free to try this recipe out. It’s an easy and fun recipe to make for a first time sconer.
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