September 23, 2009

Gluten free scones

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:28 pm by Chris

I just made these today, and they’re enough of a success that I feel like sharing the recipe. This is a proper scone recipe, not like most you’ll find if you search for gluten free scones on Teh Internets (proper scones do not have sugar in them!).


  • 3 cups rice flour
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon besan*
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum/xanthan gum
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 75g butter
  • Chopped dates or sultanas to taste
  • Milk to mix
  • Potato starch for rolling out


Soften the butter in the microwave (I know your grandmother rubbed the butter in cold… your grandmother probably didn’t keep her butter in a fridge). Add the dry ingredients and rub together with your fingers until there are no lumps left. Add milk, stirring until you have a big sticky mass. Then add the fruit and mix well.

Turn out onto a breadboard dusted with potato starch (the slipperiest flour substitute), and press into a slab about 2cm thick. Cut scone-sized rectangles and place on a greased oven tray. Cook at 220°C for 10-15 minutes.

Eat with jam and cream. Or whatever decadence your gluten-free little heart desires.

*The besan is mostly to make the colour more attractive. I used brown rice flour: for white rice flour you might want a bit more besan.


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