These gluten-free scones are sure to be a hit at your next breakfast! Or when you need a yummy snack to go with your morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Cranberry Orange Scones
• 2 ¾ cups gluten free flour (Gold Gluten Free Flour is a great option)
• 1 tbs baking powder
• ½ tsp baking soda
• ¾ tsp salt
• 2 tbs orange zest
• 1/3 c coconut sugar
• ½ c pasture raised butter, cold and cut into cubes
• ½ c fresh orange juice
• ½ c almond milk or coconut milk
• 1 tbs vanilla extract
• 1 c fresh cranberries (or dried, but look for the ones with not too much sugar)
• 2 tbs coconut sugar (for the topping)
In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients until well combined. Next, add in your orange zest and mix well. Place your butter cubes into the flour mixture and begin mashing until the consistency is crumby and the butter is distributed throughout the mixture. It is best to use a fork, pastry cutter or even a potato masher for this step. In a small mixing bowl, combine your milk, vanilla and orange juice and slowly add into your flour mixture as not to make the dough too wet. Fold in your cranberries and be sure to not over-mix or your scones will bake tough.
Generously flour a clean surface and take your dough out of the bowl and form a ball on the floured surface. Gently knead the dough 4-5 times folding if over itself. Form the dough into a large round ball that’s about 7-8 inches wide. Cut the dough evenly in half, then in quarters and then into 8ths (like a pie). Place each triangle onto your cookie sheet about 2 inches apart with parchment paper. Place your scones into the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Make sure you have your oven rack directly in the middle of your oven. Once the dough has set, take the scones out of the freezer and brush the tops with milk. Take your 2 tbs of coconut sugar and lightly sprinkle to tops of the scones to give them a nice crust.
Place your scones in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Place on a cooling rack and let settled for about 5 minutes. Serve them with a cup of coffee in the morning or an afternoon dessert! Enjoy!