You know that panicked feeling you get when a special person is coming over to your house and you look around and realize that dust has settled over every flat surface, there’s a pile of clean laundry waiting to be folded and put away (in fact, it’s been waiting for about a week), the kitchen floor looks like the aftermath of a paintball battle (in which your team lost) and then… And then your panic really ratchets up when realize that you haven’t baked a single cupcake, cookie, or brownie; you’ve checked the cupboards (cobwebs and sound of crickets) and there’s nothing decent in there – you don’t even have one measly cracker to share with your guest!
Thankfully, though my floor needs mopping and there are no goodies cooling on my counter, there is not even a whiff of panic here because this is a virtual visit. No tidying required and no baking! In fact, my guest is so cool, she’s bringing something delicious with her! That, my friends, is my kind of visitor. Thank you, Cara, for the beautiful photographs, the scone recipe, and for sharing a post here today.
Please welcome, Cara (and her recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones)!
What an honor to be on Annie of An Unrefined Vegan’s side of the world: Hello friends! I hope to acquaint myself with all of you if we don’t already know each other. So who the heck am I? My name is Cara and I have a site called Fork and Beans where I create recipes that are creatively gluten, egg, and dairy-free. I truly love cooking plant-based and ever since I was diagnosed with several food allergies a few years back, I have found so much creativity in the kitchen trying to recreate any and every food I ever loved and can no longer eat.
Check out my homemade gluten-free vegan candy/candy car recipesas proof. I have made it my mission to truly understand not only how to bake gluten-free and vegan that I wrote a cookbook called Decadent Gluten-free Vegan Baking: Delicious Gluten-, Egg- and Dairy-free Treats and Sweets.
Because let’s face it, if it’s dessert, it’s gotta be decadent. But don’t take my word for it, how about an entire chapter dedicated to Childhood Favorite recipes like Oreos, Girl Scout Cookies galore, and even Pop Tarts. Or even chapters filled with Key Lime “Cheesecake” Bars, Hot Cocoa Snickerdoodle Cookies, Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins, and even Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. All without gluten, eggs, and dairy…yet you would never know it.
Take these scones. They are light and buttery, with a perfect mix of citrus and sweet. I’m telling you, your loved ones will gives these treats the seal of approval.
CRANBERRY ORANGE SCONES
Reprinted with permission from Page Street Publishing by Cara Reed
Makes 6-8 Scones
- 2 c/330 g. Cara’s All-Purpose Flour Blend*
- 1/4 c/50 g granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp/16 g baking powder
- 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 5 Tbsp g vegan butter, cold
- 1 c/240 ml light coconut milk, canned
- 2 tsp/4 g orange zest
- 1 c/120 g dried cranberries
For “egg” wash
- 1 Tbsp/15 ml water
- 2 tsp/6.5 g cornstarch
For Sugar Glaze
- 1 c/120 g powdered sugar
- 1-2 tsp/5-10 ml orange juice
- 1 tsp orange zest
- Preheat your oven to 425*F/220*C.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. With a fork or pastry blender, cut the cold vegan butter into the flour mix until crumbly. Stir in milk. Before you completely combine the dough together, add the zest and cranberries. Mix until flour is completely combined.
- Gently pat dough into an oval-shape on a piece of parchment paper. It should not be sticky at this point. If so, lightly sprinkle gluten-free flour mix on top until no longer sticky to the touch. Either slice the scones into 6 large pieces or place the oval-shaped scone batter onto a baking sheet with the parchment paper and cut once they are cooled down (this will get you8 pieces). Coat a thin later of the “egg” wash by whisking the water and cornstarch together, and then gliding onto the dough with a brush. Bake 15-20 minutes or until light browned. Allow to cool on a baking rack for 10 minutes. Coat the tops of the scones with the sugar glaze.
To Make the Glaze: Combine all ingredients to make a paste thick enough to stir but not too runny.
*For Cara’s flour blend use:
- 2/3 c. superfine brown rice flour
- 2/3 c. sorghum flour
- 1/3 c. arrowroot powder
- 1/3 c. potato starch
Maybe you are dabbling in the world of gluten-free or maybe you know someone who needs this book. Regardless, it’s guaranteed to educate you on how to bake without gluten, eggs, and dairy. Check out the back of the book for some super-helpful information on substitutions. You can purchase Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking here or anywhere that books are sold, hooray!
Happy baking friends!
Thank you, Cara and Page Street Publishing, for giving me the opportunity to share Decadent Gluten-free Vegan Baking with my readers!
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