Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gluten Free Sour Cherry & Ginger Scones

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The one problem with going on "vacation" to your mom's house? Being wrangled into picking the year's crop of sour cherries at 7am on a Sunday while still in your pajamas. The reward, you know, besides spending quality time with your mom, being the return home with a pound of perfectly red cherries. Tiny, tart, and bright red, sour cherries have a short season at the end of June through beginning of July depending on where you are in the country. They're not as sour as you'd think and lend themselves well to just about everything - sauces, pies, jams, baked goods - but especially sweet things where their tartness has something to play against. The crop this year was impressive and a few days later I made my way home with pot full of them sitting in my passenger's seat and no ideas in my head on how to use them other than straight up eating them, which, you know, I did happily. After some deliberating I landed on scones because I was craving something cake-like but not too sweet... and hence, these gluten-free oat scones were born. Like their brethren the zucchini bread, I recommend eating these warm with plenty of grassfed butter (I like Kerrygold) and an inappropriately large mug of coffee. Because why not.
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Gluten Free Sour Cherry & Ginger Scones

1 cup oat flour (use a coffee grinder to make your own from rolled oats)

1 cup oats

1/3 cup coconut sugar

2 + 1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground ginger

Generous pinch of sea salt

1/3 cup solid coconut oil or chilled grassfed butter

1 egg

2 tbsp almond milk

1 cup pitted sour cherries (read tips below)

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1/4 cup almond flour or extra oat flour, for dusting

Tools: Baking sheet, parchment paper, large bowl, small bowl, pastry cutter or fork

Before you do anything, pit the cherries. You can use a cherry pitter, but I've found the fastest, least wasteful, and easiest way is to just squeeze out the pits over a bowl. Place the cherries in the bowl with any juice that may squeeze out and toss the pits in a cup before discarding.

Preheat your oven to 400 F and line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together the oat flour, oats, coconut sugar, baking powder, ginger, and salt in a large bowl until well combined. Use a fork to cut in the solid oil or cold butter until the mixture resembles cornmeal.

Whisk the egg and almond milk together in a small bowl. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in the cherries and the grated ginger.

Dust a cutting board with some almond flour or extra oat flour and turn out the dough. Pat the dough into two large hockey pucks and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.

Remove from the oven and, while still warm, carefully cut into sections with a sharp knife. Cool on a wire rack (or eat immediately, I won't blame you if you do). Enjoy!

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Rhiannon Lorenzo said...

those sound and look so amazing!!

Kitsune-kun said...

mmmm. and cute kitty!<3

Liz Lauren said...

looks delicious

Gwen said...

I'm so gonna try this recipe!! Love how you're including all these dairy free alternatives, some of which I already have in my cupboards.The biggest challenge will be finding the sour cherries.

Side note: It's great to see Zeb on the blog again! He seems so happy in the countryside, so splitting up the cats was probably the best thing for both of them...

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