Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones

Due to the fact that I’m heading into the home stretch of two grueling weeks of finals (not to mention entering the home stretch of my last year of law school), the fatigue has set in in multiple ways. Namely, I’m feeling like I want to make this post short and sweet, since my poor hands are beginning to bear the brunt of ruthless race-against-the-clock exams. That said, the fact that I was able to make these scones after a craving for something sweet to go with my second pot of coffee of the day (o.k., I’m exaggerating…but only a little bit) is a testament to how simple these scones are to whip up. Because believe me, I would not be baking anything at this point that wasn’t easy. Plus, their sweet aroma is quite comforting as they bake in the oven, which I very much appreciated.

With the impending holidays, stress is understandably abundant for many this season — and not just those studying for exams! With another year of economic woes behind us, and a degree of uncertainty still ahead, it’s easy to become annoyed with having to deal with the everyday stresses that remain a constant in our lives. Sometimes the little things — a meal with family, a homemade gift from a friend — will remind us what’s really important this season, and always.

I hope you bake these scones and share them with someone you love. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did (but I know you will).

Yield: 8-10 scones

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones:

1 2/3 cup sorghum flour

1/3 cup potato starch

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup Spectrum organic shortening

1/2 cup light coconut milk (shaken), plus more for brushing

1/2 cup agave nectar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup fruit sweetened dried cranberries (if you can’t find them, you can substitute raisins)

1/2 cup fresh cranberries, halved

zest of one orange

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add shortening and crumble into dry mixture with hands until small clumps form. Add coconut milk, agave and vanilla extract and stir until everything is incorporated. Add fresh and dried cranberries and orange zest and fold until evenly distributed.

3. Drop heaping 1/4 cup-sized drops onto a greased baking sheet. Brush tops with coconut milk. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

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