Cranberry-Orange Scones {gluten free, soy free, and vegan}

I've never really considered myself much of a "scone person," but lately, they have been on my mind. So have two distinct flavors: cranberry and orange. So why not combine the three things to come up with some cranberry-orange scones?!

The texture of these scones is perfect. Slightly flaky and crumbly, but still moist and soft on the inside. Top them off with a bit of orange glaze, and you're set. I have a feeling these will make their way onto our weekend breakfast table very soon.

Scone Ingredients:
2 C. Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour
1/3 C. Coconut Palm Sugar*
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Orange Zest {or more, if you'd like}
1 tsp. Xanthan Gum
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 C. Earth Balance Spread {keep cold}**
1/2 C. Almond Milk
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1 tsp. Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

*use regular granulated sugar in this recipe if you'd like, but consider reducing the amount to 1/4 cup so your scones aren't overly sweet.
**shortening, margarine, etc. would work in place of Earth Balance

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, orange zest, xanthan gum, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
Measure Earth Balance, then scoop bit by bit into the flour mixture. Spread the chunks around to make the next step a bit easier.
Using a pastry cutter, potato masher, or even your hands, incorporate the Earth Balance into the flour mixture.
Stir in almond milk, cranberries, and orange juice.
At this point, the mixture may seem a bit dry and flaky. Feel free to dig in with your hands to knead the mixture a bit, forming a single ball of dough.
Place the ball of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and then spread the ball into a flat disc, an inch or so thick.
Using a sharp knife, cut the disc into eight wedges, and then separate the pieces a bit so that they don't stick together as they bake.
Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 15 minutes, until the scones appear dry and begin to brown.
Allow the scones to cool on a wire rack, and then glaze, if you'd like:

Glaze Ingredients:
1 C. Powdered Sugar {perhaps a bit more}
2 Tbsp. Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
1 Tbsp. Melted Earth Balance Spread

Measure powdered sugar into a small mixing bowl.
Add orange juice and melted Earth Balance, then whisk thoroughly to combine.
If you'd like a thicker glaze, add a bit more powdered sugar. To thin your glaze, add more orange juice.

I transferred my glaze to a zip-top sandwich bag, clipped the bottom corner of the bag, and then "piped" the glaze over the top of the scones.

1 comment:

  1. I made them with Pamela's flour mix, unsalted butter (we don't have dairy issues), and no glaze (which was omitted only because I forgot)... HUGE hit with the family!!! Can't wait to try other recipes of yours!


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