Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Cranberry Scones

Christmas morning. A fire in the wood stove, lights sparkling on the tree, gift wrap scattered from one end of the house to the other.....and everyone is hungry.

Cereal just doesn't seem very 'Christmasy', but who wants to slave over a hot stove cooking a huge breakfast that morning? Certainly not me!

My solution is something quick and easy to prepare, but still tastes like I spent hours preparing it. I want Christmas morning memories to be special. And Cranberry Christmas Scones are just the perfect addition to the morning's festivities!

This recipe can be converted to use regular wheat flour, dairy butter or milk. It makes a great gift idea as well. Simply put all of the dry ingredients together in a gift container and affix a recipe card stating the wet ingredients for the recipient to add.

So let's get started:

Cranberry Christmas Scones

2 C Gluten Free all purpose flour (see recipe below)

1 T baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 T sugar

1/2 C Earth Balance spread or shortening (or butter)

1/2 C your choice milk (almond, rice, soy, etc.)

1/2 C (or more!) dried cranberries

Pre-heat oven to 425. Blend together all dry ingredients, except for cranberries. With an electric mixer, blend in spread until mix resembles tiny crumbs. Add milk and blend (more may be needed if dough is still dry and crumbly). Stir in cranberries. On a stone or baking sheet, form two domes out of the dough. Cut each dome into four triangles and arrange on stone or sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with your choice of butter subtitute and/or jam.

All Purpose Flour Mix - Gluten Free

2 1/4 C brown rice flour

1/4 C potato starch

2/3 C tapioca starch flour

3/4 C sweet white rice flour

1/3 C cornstarch

2 tsp. xanthan gum

When doubling this recipe, do not double the xanthan. For example, if I quadrupled this recipe, I would only add 5-6 tsp of xanthan. Otherwise, your recipes will become 'gummy'. Store this mix in a cool, dry place, such as a fridge or freezer.

Happy Christmas Baking!

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