16 Aug 2014

Classic Scones | Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free

It is National Afternoon Tea Week and I have such a soft spot for a good old fashioned cream tea.  I have many fond memories of going to this gorgeous little tea room every summer in Dorset with my family. Although I probably spent most of the time climbing the beautiful willow tree there rather than eating, but fond memories nonetheless!

I am never one to turn down a challenge, so I set myself the task of creating scones that were both gluten and sugar-free.  Quite the ask I tell you!  If you read my last post, you will be aware that I had quite a tough time with baking this past week, however I endeavoured to get these scones tasting good (and without a brick-like exterior and a mushy interior).  After blood, sweat and tears, I have finally cracked it! 

What you will need:

225g gluten-free plain flour
4½ tsp baking powder (make sure brand is gluten-free)
1½ tsp xanthan gum
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp granulated stevia
55g butter, cold and diced
125ml buttermilk (or whole milk and 1 tsp lemon juice)
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 tbsp milk
1 small free-range egg, beaten

1.  Preheat oven to 220˚C.

2.  Combine the flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt in a mixing bowl.

3.  Rub the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles fine crumbs and then stir in the stevia.

4.  Mix together the buttermilk, vanilla and milk in a separate bowl.

5.  Pour the buttermilk mixture into the other ingredients and then stir until it forms a soft dough.

6.  Dust a clean surface with flour and roll out the dough until about 2cm thick.  Using a 5cm cutter dusted with flour, cut out rounds and place on a flour dusted, non-stick baking sheet (or a baking sheet lined with baking paper).

7.  This is optional, but I tend to 'plump' up scones by turning them with the palms of my hands in a sort of lifting motion.

8.  Brush the tops of the rounds with a little bit of the beaten egg and then place in the oven for about 15 minutes.

9.  Remove from the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool.  Once cool, serve with clotted cream and sugar-free strawberry jam.

This recipe has me yearning to be by the beautiful south coast and to leave chilly Yorkshire behind for a while, which is fortunate as I will be visiting in a couple of weeks!  Now the question remains, are you cream or jam first?  It's got to be cream first for me.



  1. These look amazing! I've been looking for some 'healthier' scones for a while. Just discovered your blog and it's lovely, your photos are great xo

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

    1. Thank you so much, I'd love to see if you give them a go! I'm really pleased you like my blog x

  2. Those look gorgeous! I haven't eaten nearly enough scones this summer! It might be time to sort that out, don't you think!?

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

    1. Oh I think it would be rude not to ;) and thank you! x

  3. I love a nice cream tea! I actually want to make my own clotted cream, I have cream in the fridge that I want to try it with. Yummy!

    1. Ooh I've never tried making clotted cream, would love to know if you try it. x

  4. These look absolutely amazing! This post really has really made me crave scones. I might try your recipe out, if I find xantham gum!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

    1. Oh thank you so much :) You can get xanthan gum in Waitrose and I think Sainsbury's and you'll find it either with the baking stuff or with Free From. x

  5. I have been absolutely craving a scone for weeks now, and these look so scrumptious! Piled high with cream and jam, just how I like them!

    1. Thanks so much. Oh yes, always got to have lots of cream! x

  6. Those look so delicious!!

    ~ Mikéla Davelyn ~


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