Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Cheese Scones - Gluten Free!


Yes...... It's another scone post. I make no apology......... I am on a roll! Following my success with the sweet version (and knowing how tricky getting a decent scone texture can be for us gluten free folk), I decided to put all I had learnt from last week's efforts to good use and attempt a savoury version. I think these are even better!


I loved cheese scones when I could eat gluten and would often have them for lunch filled with all sorts of goodies - ham, salami, salad, more cheese, tuna.............. they were a great base for all sorts of savoury fillings. I have tried making a few gluten free versions, with little success, mostly because they turned out like small bricks.

 
But these............. well................. I can honestly say that when I took my first bite (fresh, still warm from the oven and dripping with melting butter) I was totally gobsmacked! I don't like to blow my own trumpet, but they are truly delicious and were certainly as good as (and possibly better than) the best gluten-based versions that I have had in the past. I don't think my memory is playing tricks. These were perfectly scone-like - soft and fluffy on the inside, yet slightly dense with a crisp, cheesy exterior. They rose beautifully, turned golden, held their shape and even when cut and filled, did not crumble. If you are gluten free and have missed or wanted to eat a cheese scone, please please try these. They are the real deal!


I have made them 3 times just to be sure it wasn't beginners luck and I did add a little extra cheese after my first batch (because I love cheese), but they have not failed me yet. Eat them fresh on the day you make them (or freeze them to preserve their freshness if you are saving them). Serve them warm if you prefer (I love the taste of melting butter against the comforting warm sconey softness). Cut and fill them to make into lunch or serve them with salad or soup. But however you eat them, close your eyes and savour................ Remind yourself that yes, they are really gluten free and yes you can eat them..........


Cheese Scones - Gluten Free

Ingredients                                     


120g potato flour                                                       
110g tapioca flour
30g buckwheat flour
50g GF oat flour (easy to make as in this post)
85g brown rice flour
3½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1½ teaspoons xanthan gum
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
50g unsalted butter - cut into cubes
100g mature cheddar cheese - grated
120 ml milk
80 ml soured cream
2 large eggs - beaten
A little extra grated cheese to sprinkle on top of the scones


Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180⁰ C / 350⁰ F / Gas 4.
  2. Line a couple of baking sheets with baking paper.
  3. Weigh and mix together in a large bowl the flours, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, xanthan gum and salt, ensuring any lumps are broken down.
  4. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until you have the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  5. Add the cheese and mix well.
  6. Beat together the milk, cream and eggs in a measuring jug or bowl.
  7. Gradually add the liquid to the dry mix, stirring until you have a smooth sticky dough. Do not over-mix. This dough will be too sticky to knead, but should be thick enough to hold its shape when it is rolled out.
  8. Sprinkle a fine layer of rice flour onto the work surface and put the dough in a heap on top. Sprinkle a little flour on the top of the dough and then roll the dough out to approximately 1 inch / 2½ cm even thickness.
  9. Using a medium sized cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds and place them on the prepared baking sheets a few centimetres apart.
  10. Bring any off-cuts of dough together and gently work to combine any 'joins', then re-roll and cut into rounds. Repeat until your dough is used.
  11. Remove any excess flour from the uncooked scones with a dry pastry brush, then gently brush a little cold milk on top to glaze.
  12. Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top of each scone and place in the oven.
  13. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until firm and golden. Then remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  14. Serve with butter, spread, as an accompaniment to soup or fill to make a scone 'sandwich'.
Gluten Free Alchemist © 2013 unless otherwise indicated

2 comments:

  1. They look fab, warm straight from the oven is the way to go. I have yet to make a GF scone I have happy with, as you say most turn out like thin house bricks. These look lovely and fluffy, will have to try

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  2. Thanks Katie. I was really shocked that they turned out so 'scone-like'. I froze a load (because I made so many to check it wasn't a fluke) and have been warming them in the microwave straight from the freezer too. They taste just as good!

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