Scones, tender, flakey, full of yumminess… something I used to make years ago. Kinda gave up on them, had made some but sort of heavy. So, I assumed all scones were generally pretty sad when made gluten free. Well, last summer I attempted them and made a batch with leftover sourdough starter which is generally called discard. I had created the starter last week using brown rice flour and had made a tasty loaf of seeded white sourdough bread in my 8.5 x 4.5 tall, sided loaf pan. So, I was looking for a way to use up the excess sourdough starter. I couldn’t find a recipe for blueberry sourdough gf scones, so I took a gluten-based recipe and reconfigured it to make with a one for one blend: specifically, Bob’s Redmill 1-1 Blend. I used a half cup of thick starter. I left out the recipe’s lemon ingredients as I just wanted blueberry and scone as the flavors. I also returned the dairy back to real dairy like actual butter and milk.
I ate the first one when it was just to room temperature. It was like heaven in a scone shape. Crisp outside, tender inside. Bursts of blueberries rendered me speechless. It was somewhat of a religious experience for a baker like me. I have never eaten such a tender delicate gluten free baked item. The crumb was moist and as perfect as I could ask for. You have to try this! I don’t know what you can sub for the sourdough starter. Maybe Greek yogurt? Maybe you should just make starter so you can bake these scones.
I used a gram scale to measure the dry ingredients and it gives very exacting measurements, so I highly recommend using one.
Frozen blueberries work so well; because they keep the dough chilly as you mix it with a wooden spoon and then kneading it with (clean) bare hands. Trust me, it is easy to make and utterly decadent despite no icing or chocolate or nuts. I made it with some nuts and chocolate the next weekend. Fabulous! The recipe is somewhere on this site… You could try some other types of frozen berries. Let me know how it turns out!
Since then, I have made them a few times and I kind of like making a big square of the dough and cutting it into 12 small squares; smaller is more what I like in a serving. I do freeze them; generally best eaten in less than a month. Just bake them a couple of minutes less.
Angie’s Blueberry Sourdough Scones (GF of course)
200 grams 1-1 Gluten free flour blend; I used Bob’s Redmill
50 grams almond flour
100 grams granulated sugar
2 ½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
7.5 Tbsp of cold butter
1 heaping cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup sourdough starter (Use the discard if you are creating discard)
1 large egg
1/3 c cold whole milk
Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cut in cold butter with a butter cutter or 2 knives. Until it is tiny pebbles of dough and butter.
Add the egg, starter and ¼ c of the milk. Mix to break up egg and start the blending process. Add in the frozen berries (or fresh) and continue stirring. As it gets to be a thick dough dump it out on your breadboard with all the dry bits and hand knead it to coalesce it into a thick dough. Form it into a large disc; about 8-9 inches across. Cut into 8 wedges; cut in half, then quarters then again into eighths. Spread them out on a cookie sheet that you have sprayed with cooking spray. Put the sheet in a cold place to chill while you heat the oven. Heat to 355 degrees.
Put the sheet in to bake. If you have a convection cycle they will be done in about 25 minutes; the outside needs to be light brown, bottom browned and they look done. I tried 18-20 min but that wasn’t enough. I think my total was 26 minutes. If you don’t have convection they will likely take a few more minutes. Let cool on pan for 5 minutes and move to a rack. I got distracted and just left the pan of scones on the rack! They cooled rapidly and I couldn’t resist eating one. Plain. Now I am not hungry for lunch. I just want more scones.
Enjoy! I think they will freeze nicely; vacuum sealing would be a good way to go about it.