Do you love scones as much as I do — their crumbly exterior, tender middle, and high fat profile?
Traditional scones seem to audaciously flaunt the deliciousness of white flour and lots of fat!
Blueberry scones in particular take me back to my teenage years when I could first drive. I'd meet my girlfriends at a locally-owned coffee shop in San Diego. I always ordered the same thing: a BIG blueberry scone (drizzled with copious amounts of honey) and Mexican hot chocolate. GOOD memories of simple times!
Yet I'm glad I'm all grown up now… and can make these healthier scones for my family! This version is gluten-free, although it's so yummy you may not notice. Just as importantly, this recipe is soaked.
Why Is Soaking Important?
Soaked baked goods “pre-digest” the grains to ease digestion. The nice thing about soaking is that the process is easy — almost no work. Yet you end up with a treat that doesn’t sit heavy in your belly. And any nutrients in the ingredients are awakened — in other words, bioavailable to the body!
I soak scone dough by combining it overnight with an acidic, probiotic medium: either full-fat kefir, full-fat yogurt, or sour cream. See below for a dairy-free option, too!
My Favorite Gluten-Free Flour Blend
I buy Namaste Foods Gluten-Free Flour Blend at Costco, or online in bulk. This flour mix combines rice flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot powder, and a few other ingredients in the right ratios to make gluten-free baking easy.
Feel free to use your favorite gluten-free flour mix instead, and comment below how it worked for you. I think that any premixed GF flour combo will do well here.
My recipe calls for butter and either kefir or yogurt. Yet the last time I made these scones, I used chilled coconut oil in place of butter, and a combination of very high fat coconut milk or canned coconut cream plus raw apple cider vinegar instead of kefir. The ACV lends the acidity otherwise provided by cultured dairy.
This variation worked great! See recipe below for instructions.
A Note On The Use Of Eggs
With farm fresh eggs that have never been refrigerated and can be safely kept at room temperature, I like to leave the dough out on the counter at room temperature to ferment overnight. The warmth of the room helps the grains to “wake up” in the acid medium. And the acid medium holds back the growth of any negative bacteria.
However, I use the same method with store bought eggs, too. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving the dough out overnight, simply leave the finished dough out on the counter at warm room temperature for four hours. Most state health departments consider up to four hours as safe. Then put the covered dough in the refrigerator overnight or for two days, to finish the fermentation more slowly. Do what you feel comfortable doing! 🙂
The Dough Texture
One final recipe note: If you make your scones with high fat cream (sour cream or coconut cream), the dough will be crumbly — very typical of traditional scone dough, actually. Simply press the dough together.
If you make your scones with kefir, yogurt, or coconut milk, your dough will be stickier. Both approaches turn out great scones. I give some directions in the recipe below, accordingly.
Cheers, and I hope you enjoy these lovely scones, that taste like white flour but are healthy and easy to digest!
Overnight Blueberry Scones (gluten-free w/ dairy-free option!)
These are the best soaked overnight blueberry scones you'll ever have (with a dairy-free option)! They're easy, healthy, and moist -- just like your favorite traditional scone. Mix together the gluten-free dough the night before, and in the morning enjoy breakfast or brunch right out of the oven -- glazed with cocoa butter and garnished with lavender flowers for a beautiful, delicious twist!
- 1-3/4 cups Namaste Gluten-Free Perfect Flour Blend or your favorite GF flour blend
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar or maple sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil cold, cut into smallish pieces
- 1/3 cup kefir, yogurt, or sour cream (dairy-free option: 1/4 cup creamy coconut milk or coconut cream + enough raw apple cider vinegar to create 1/3 cup total)
- 2 organic or pastured eggs
- 1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
The night before...
Combine dry ingredients in large metal bowl or food processor: flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, coconut sugar, and sea salt.
Add butter or coconut oil.
Cut fat into flour mixture using pastry blender flour cutter or food processor (pulse several times) until largest butter pieces are just smaller than pea size.
In small bowl, stir together wet ingredients (not including blueberries): kefir (or coconut milk and apple cider vinegar) and eggs.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
Fold together until dry ingredients are almost mixed in -- not quite. This is to protect the delicate scone texture; otherwise they’ll be more muffin-like and a bit tougher in texture. Do not over-mix. (Note: If you use either sour cream or coconut cream, the dough will be less wet, more like a traditional scone dough. This is fine!)
Place dough in a medium size ceramic bowl. Cover and leave out overnight. Or, leave dough at room temperature for 4 hours, then refrigerate overnight.
The morning of...
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Use a spoon to scoop half of the dough into the center of the parchment paper. Shape it into a rough 7 to 8-inch circle, letting it remain a bit messy to start. Remember, we don't want to overwork the dough!
Or, if your dough is made up of moist separate pieces (from the thicker, higher fat sour cream or coconut cream), dump out half of them onto your parchment and press them together lightly into an 8-inch circle.
Top the dough with blueberries.
Add the final half of the dough on top of the blueberries (see photo below).
If dough is sticky, flour hands with gluten-free flour mix.
Shape the dough into a disk, pressing dough down gently and making the sides and edges even and neat.
Using a sharp pastry blade or knife (dusted if necessary), cut straight down, creating 6 pie shaped pieces (see photo below).
Flour a spatula if dough is sticky.
Separate the scones from one another by using the spatula to pull each one back, creating a distance of 1 to 2 inches between each one.
Bake 25 minutes in preheated oven.
If glaze is desired, simply melt 1/4 cup cocoa butter gently in small dry saucepan or skillet.
Add about 4 drops liquid stevia, to taste, to the cocoa butter.
When scones are done baking, allow them to cool completely.
Then place scones in freezer for 10 minutes.
Dip each one in melted cocoa butter or spoon the melted cocoa butter over each one.
Top with sprinkles of dried or fresh lavender, to garnish, if desired.
Allow to come back to room temperature.
Serve, and enjoy!
Do you have a favorite scone memory? Will you try these soaked overnight blueberry scones?
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