After an intense September filled with…life, I just wanted to share one of my favorite gluten free comfort food recipes with you, even though there is nothing sleuthish about it. After a successful backyard Merlot and Cab grape harvest with the juice happily starting to ferment in the barn, some overnight company, and one family medical crisis, I needed something chewy, a bit sweet, and a teensy sinful to help me slide into the unwinding process. For me, that something is a batch of my GF Rum Scones.
My GF Rum Scones
½ to ¾ package (about ½ cup) of Trader Joe’s dried blueberries (I particularly like these because they are small like currants, although those would work too, and because they are semi soft. I have also used cut up dried cherries, about ½ cup.
1/3 cup dark rum
Put the dried fruit in a small bowl and pour the dark rum over them to let them soak up that rum goodness while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
1 package Gluten Free Pantry’s Scone Mix
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
1 stick of real butter (butter substitute works fine, if dairy intolerant)
Cut the stick of butter into the dry Scone Mix and spice mixture until the bits are a little smaller than baby peas.
1 egg, lightly beaten with a fork
1 tsp sour cream (optional)
1 tsp GF vanilla
Up to 1/3 cup milk (works fine with a milk substitute)
Add all of the above to the dry ingredients, including the rum/fruit mixture, except the milk. Mix together with a wooden spoon. If the mixture is too dry after this to form a ball that sticks together, start adding the milk, a little at a time, until you have the pastry ball.
Don’t over mix. I squish the ball on a parchment-lined cookie sheet until it is about 1 to 1 ¼ inches high. At this point, you can make an egg wash to brush on top, but I am too lazy for that. What sits on the sheet is one large, thick circle of potential scone goodness.
Bake in 400* oven for 15-20 minutes. Cut into pie shaped wedges after cooling for 8-10 minutes (a serrated knife seems the least shape disturbing)
Then, sit back, legs tucked under you with an ultra soft blanket-throw over your lap; put a chunk of savory cheese and this warm wedge of scone on a beautiful breakfast plate; pour a hot cup of tea, mocha coffee, or other delightful beverage, and RELAX!
So yummy – will please both the gluten eaters and gluten free eaters in your household.
Is there gluten in rum?
Hi Heather. Thank goodness there is no gluten in rum or tequila. Some vodkas that are made completely from potatoes are gluten free, too. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is gluten free. I always say, “thank goodness for rum and tequila!” when I want the occasional mixed drink.
That said, be careful of the mixers that go into mixed drinks. I have had some problems with them. The skinny girl type margarita where they do not use the mixers seem to agree with my very finicky stomach.
Actually, I only use alcohol to cook with. I don’t drink. 🙂