My mom came over this week for a belated Mother’s Day lunch and as I always do when anyone comes over, I wondered (worried about) what I should make. When planning a meal, I almost always think of dessert first because that’s the fun part. I hadn’t baked scones since last summer, and I had a few cups of organic strawberries in the fridge I needed to use up, so the scones definitely had to be strawberry. This is a recipe I’ve baked many times and it’s adapted from this recipe on the blog Sarah Bakes Gluten Free.
1 3/4 cups gluten free flour blend, plus more for dusting the counter
1/2 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top of scones
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
scant 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
5 Tablespoons of chilled Earth Balance soy free vegan butter, or another dairy free alternative such as palm shortening
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plus more for tops of scones
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sliced strawberries
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking pan with a Silpat or parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the vegan butter with a pastry cutter until butter is pea-sized. Pour in the almond milk and vanilla extract and knead with hands until combined. Fold in the strawberries.
Turn out the dough onto a floured countertop. With floured hands, shape and flatten the dough into a 12 inch diameter circle. With a floured knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 8 wedges and place onto lined baking sheet. With fingertips or pastry brush, moisten the top of each scone with almond milk and then sprinkle sugar over the moistened tops.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy.
Note: To warm up a day old scone, place in a toaster oven for a few minutes. These freeze well.
Oh, and if you want to know what else I made for lunch when my mom came over: Shallot, Portobello, and Spinach Crustless Quiche (dairy-free) and a tossed salad with homemade vinaigrette. (Plus watermelon and cherries.)