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!