Cream Scones, Gluten-Free

by Jeanne on October 10, 2009

Hey folks! Girlfriend did not have school today, so that means no Coffee Cake Friday. Instead, I thought I’d share a fabulous recipe I have for cream scones.

These scones come with a story about community and Twitter. If you don’t already know about Twitter, it is an online social networking tool. But, really, it’s so much more than that. If you don’t know about Twitter, check out Michael Hyatt’s description of it. I think his is a great introduction to the fun and value of Twitter.

One day this summer, I, as @fourchickens (my Twitter name), was hanging out and chatting on Twitter. My friend Alice, who is @savorysweetlife, mentioned that she had posted a new cream scone recipe on her blog, Savory Sweet Life. Now, Alice is not only a wonderful person, she is a fabulous baker. I immediately checked out her recipe and thought it looked great–and came back to Twitter and told her that I was adapting it to be gluten-free as we spoke. She was enthusiastic. Then another friend, Nancy, who is @sensitivepantry, chimed in to say that she was working on a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free version for her blog, The Sensitive Pantry. Nancy is also a terrific baker and shares my desire to bring good food to our lives, regardless of the fact that we are dealing with food allergies and intolerances.

It was very fun, because we all could bake and chat with friends and other like-minded folks regarding something about which we care deeply–food. It was a wonderful and convivial day–at the end of which we each had a scone recipe that we loved and that worked for our needs. Perfect!

This recipe has become my new go-to scone recipe. The scones are different from those in my other recipe–because these have cream and eggs instead of buttermilk. They are delicious and incredibly easy to make. I love them because they always come out wonderfully light and fluffy. I’ve taken to adding lime zest to them–which adds a nice little kick. Play with flavorings, if you’d like, to come up with variations.

Cream Scones, Gluten-Free
-adapted from Savory Sweet Life, who adapted it from Cook’s Illustrated

Ingredients

2 cups (280 g) Jeanne’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
2 tablespoons aluminum-free, double acting baking powder
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
2 tsp finely grated lime zest (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup (55 g; 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream (if you use an alternative milk, the dough will be more batter-like.  If this is the case, do these as drop scones by dropping 1/4 cup amounts onto a lined baking sheet)
1 extra-large egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
additional tapioca flour for shaping the scones (if you don’t use a Silpat mat)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F/205 degrees C/Gas Mark 6.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

If you’re using lime zest, place sugar and lime zest in food processor and pulse several times to mix, then follow next step (skip this step if you don’t have a food processor–add the lime zest in following step).

Place flour, baking powder, salt, butter (and sugar if not using lime zest) in the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times until mixture resembles coarse meal.
If not using a food processor, cut all of these ingredients together in a bowl with a pastry cutter (or two knives).

Transfer mix to a large bowl. With a spoon, stir in heavy cream, egg, and vanilla until dough comes together.  Dough should be very stiff.  Finalize mixing dough with hands.

Divide dough into four softball-sized lumps

Shape first lump into a ball

And then shape the ball into a rounded disk that is approximately 3/4″-1″ in height

With a sharp knife, cut each disk into four triangles
Place each triangle on prepared baking sheet

Repeat process with each lump of dough. You should have enough for 4 disks, 16 scones.
Sprinkle each scone with a bit of of remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar.

Bake for about 15 minutes–until bottoms of scones are golden brown.

Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.

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Ellen McIntosh June 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I used this recipe as the starting point to attempt Apricot Almond Scones. I added 1/4 cup of each along with cinnamon and ginger. They were delicious! I ate three of them fresh from the oven. I really appreciate your recipes and use your gluten free flour mix frequently. Thanks Jeanne!!

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Jeanne June 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

Ellen: Wow, those scones sounds delish! I’m so happy to help out!

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Anna August 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

This has long been my favorite GF scone recipe, but I’ve got relatives I’d like to bake them for that also have problems with dairy. Could almond or soy milk work instead of the cream or would that be too watery? Maybe a different sub?

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Jeanne August 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Anna: Yes, I think those would be fine!

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Beverly January 24, 2013 at 6:59 am

I have spent much time looking for a GF biscuit that is light and fluffy. Your Cream Scone will be my next attempt. However, your blend uses TAPIOCA to which I am allergic. Can I use arrowroot or coconut and almond flour or a mix of all 3? I don’t want to compromise the light fluffy texture. Thank you for your help.

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Jeanne January 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Beverly: Yes, you can use arrowroot starch or potato starch in the place of the tapioca. Happy baking!

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Tera September 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Thank you for this recipe!

It´s so fluffy and delicious :D

This looked like a sweet version of a savory biscuit recipe I used often before I went GF (just two weeks ago) and I was craving something sweet. This was perfect. :) I´m amazed how good the texture is, it´s actually lighter and fluffier than the all purpose wheat biscuits were.

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admin October 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

Tera: Yay! I’m so glad you like them!

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Kristyn March 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Excellent recipe!!! These are so delicious. I really couldn’t tell the difference from a non-GF recipe. Thanks!

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admin March 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Kristyn: Yay! I’m so glad–thanks for letting me know!

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Sherry January 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

I don’t have a food processor, so I used low speed on my stand mixer to cut in the cold butter. I know that’s not quite right, but it worked well enough and made the recipe easy for me.

To make ginger scones I added two cubes of Dorot frozen crushed ginger and used butter extract instead of vanilla extract. They were delicious!

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admin January 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Sherry: I think if that method works well for you, then that’s the way to do it!! Also, your flavoring ideas sound delicious–yay!

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Lindsey March January 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I live in New Zealand. They don’t seem to have heavy cream here. That’s what I would have called Double Cream when I lived in the UK. In NZ, they just seem to have “cream” and that’s it. Anyway, could I use sour cream or something like that instead. I am thinking that single cream will make the mixture too sloppy???

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admin January 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Lindsey: I think cream is just fine. :) Happy baking!

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Brittany January 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I was in dire need of a gluten-free scone recipe since my Mom’s friend gave me some homemade lemon curd. I made these today and they were easy, the house smelled great while they were baking, and they are the perfect cushion for some homemade lemon curd. I had some hazelnuts floating around the pantry so I food processed them first and then threw them in the batter when the egg and cream were added. They’re fabulous! Thank you so much!

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admin January 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Brittany: Yay! I’m so glad!

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Brooke November 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I just found your site and I think I’ve fallen in love! Your recipe for the all purpose mix alone is fabulous!

I was wondering if you’ve done any variations with this scone recipe… added any items to it, nuts, chocolate chips… maybe pumpkin? I’ve only been gluten free (and soy free) for a few months now and I’m pining away for a Starbucks pumpkin scone :)

Thanks!

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admin November 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Brooke: I am so glad you are finding my site helpful–yay! I have added nuts and chocolate chips (about 1/2 cup) and they are awesome additions. I haven’t tried pumpkin–but that sounds terrific. I have had requests for a pumpking scone and I really need to work on that. In the meantime–I would experiement with adding pumpkin and see what happens. You will probably want to reduce the other liquid–the cream–a bito accommodate the addition of the wet pumpkin. If you do it, let me know how it goes! Happy baking!

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