Apricot and Cinnamon Scones (Gluten Free)

Apricot and Cinnamon Scones (Gluten Free)

A quick word on blogging so far.  It’s a very enjoyable hobby.  I love sharing recipes and have been inspired by some of the work I see on FoodBuzz.  D and I particularly like faffing on (fannying on/messing on/messing around?), trying to capture the essence of what’s been baked in a photograph and to aid us in this pursuit, we have spent lots of time perusing food photography.  I hope one day I start to enjoy the photography more than the eating of the food, because then I might reach that elusive size 8!  However, I find the blogs I like reading the most are the simple, no-nonsense, food focused ones.  Some blogs are like mini-essays and I wish, I REALLY wish, I had the time to read them fully, but I don’t.  The best blogs have been short, sweet and funny.  Warm, with a great recipe at the end and stunning photographs.  Just so you know – this is what I will aspire to.

So… on to the scones!

Still convinced that many of my stomach problems are related to the gluten in my diet, I am continuing to experiment with the gluten free options and as it’s easy enough to make scones, this was a perfect opportunity to use more of my gluten free flour.  Scones are so versatile, aren’t they?  They’re not delicate or posh-nosh or cheffy, but they are tasty.  I’ve only ever made sultana or plain scones.  Marcia at work makes cheese scones that are apparently a regular request in her house!  So, with this in mind, I decided to experiment.  What did I have in the cupboard?  A packet of dried apricots.  Well, why not?  Hence the following recipe:

Apricot and Cinnamon Scones (Gluten Free)
210 g (1 and 3/4 cups) well sifted self-raising gluten-free flour (US – use all-purpose/gluten free plus raising agent)
10 g (2 tbsp) cinnamon/ground ginger, mixed
1 tsp gluten free baking powder
pinch salt
25 g (2 tbsp)  caster sugar
50 g (just under 1/4 cup) unsalted butter
150 ml (just under 2/3 cup) milk
50 g (1/3 cup) chopped apricots.
EITHER 1 beaten egg (for shine) OR flour, for dusting.  (I think dusted flour gives a more professional, neat finish)
Extra thick whipping cream
Mixed fruit jam (Apricot, peach etc)

*  Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees C / 425 degrees F / Gas 7
*  Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon/ginger and salt.  Stir in the sugar.
*  Add softened butter and rub quickly into a fine breadcrumb texture.
*  Add the milk, a little at a time, creating a smooth dough. (Use your hands, not a spoon)
*  Press in the chopped apricots, using your hands.
*  Leave to rest for 5 – 15 mins.
*  Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 2 cm thick.  Using a 5 cm cutter, cut rounds of dough.  Make the action sharp and decisive, don’t twist the cutter otherwise your scones will rise unevenly.
*  Place scones on a greased baking tray (or use greaseproof paper).  Dust with flour or brush with beaten egg.
*  Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.
* Serve with extra thick whipped cream and jam, or extra apricots.

 

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About Scrap Kittie

A sewing and baking addict, vegetarian animal-lover, teacher. And an avid music fan...all the wrong sorts of music. Hence the blog was nearly called 'Hot Cake' after The Fall's song.
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4 Responses to Apricot and Cinnamon Scones (Gluten Free)

  1. Lisa says:

    OOoh..I pop in and it’s scone-a-licious! I love these apricot and cinnamon scones, as well as the black forest ones below! That said, thank you for checking out my entremet – so much fun to make and so decadent!

  2. bellegroveatportconway says:

    I am getting ready to open a bed and breakfast on a very historic property in Virginia. (it’s where James Madison was born) One of the events we are going to offer is an Afternoon Tea. So I am so glad I came across your blog! Thanks for the great post!

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