Friday 8 February 2013

Abigails Gluten Free Cheese Scones

We came up with this recipe just a few months ago when Abigail needed an alternative recipe for her cooking class at school, we were amazed at just how well they came out and only had to make a couple of minor tweaks to the recipe!

Preparation time -  5 minutes
Cooking time - ~15 minutes (less for a fan assisted oven)
Makes / Serves - 6 average sized scones
Child friendly - 3/5
Difficulty rating - 1/5


200 g gluten-free plain flour alternative
40 g butter (or good quality spreadable)
100 g natural yoghurt
40 g mature cheddar cheese
50 ml milk (plus extra for brushing)
1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 230 C / 450 F / Gas Mark 8 and prepare a baking tray by lightly greasing or lining with baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt, mix well.
  3. Add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients with your fingers until it has a consistency similar to breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the cheese, milk and yoghurt, then use a spoon to blend everything together into a dough.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and kneed gently until it reaches a consistency that can easily be rolled out.
  6. Roll out the dough to a thickness of around 2-3cm and cut out the scones with a 5 cm round cutter (or similar), re-rolling the left over dough and cutting out more until you run out of dough.
  7. Arrange the scones on your baking tray, leaving as much space between them as possible, and brush them with a little milk.
  8. Put the baking tray near the top of the oven and bake for around 15 minutes or until risen evenly browned.
  9. Leave on the tray to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
  1. If you do not have a suitable cutter just improvise, for the scones pictured Abigail actually used a small glass ramekin!
  2. You could easily adjust this recipe to your taste, for example you could use a different cheese, add 3 teaspoons of dried onion, 1 teaspoon of dried herbs, a combination of these or something completely different, be creative!

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