Monday, August 22, 2011

Vegan Orange Berry Scones

I love the flaky, moist texture of scones. However, it is hard to justify the amount of butter that goes into traditional scones and to eat them on an even semi-consistent basis. So, I wishfully thought perhaps vegan scones could be "healthier." I found this recipe last week and decided to try them this past weekend. 

2 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
6 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup orange juice
zest from 2 oranges

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, wheat flour, baking powder and salt. Add the cranberries and walnuts and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, maple syrup, orange juice and orange zest. Combine with the dry ingredients to form a thick dough.

4. Spoon by large tablespoons or shape into triangles. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. For us, it took closer to 15 minutes of bake time for complete doneness. 

Finished product.

Full disclosure: The Sister admitted that she might have under measured the maple syrup resulting in a drier dough, but we liked it anyway. Next time, we'll actually measure out the correct amount. ;) 

With no butter or sugar, they came out with a crisp outer layer and a soft, moist center. I'm a realist. And while I ultimately believe that scones with butter are pretty darn good, this was a healthy alternative that I would still be interested in eating after all the unhealthy ingredients have been cut.

I also made some fresh, hand-squeeze (literally since I don't own a citrus press) orange juice with all of the leftover oranges to accompany the scones. It was so good.

Have a great start to the week! 

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