While I wanted to bake today, I was feeling rather uninspired and couldn’t think of a real bangin’ pastry that I wanted to try. Then some perverse hippy thought invaded my mind, and it occurred to me, “Why don’t you make something vegan?”

Well, why not, indeed.

This thought, oddly, settled it for me, and I began construction on some scones, which normally rely on a heavy amount of butter to carry them through. Word on the street is, they ain’t too shabby. (“The street” meaning my house, and “ain’t too shabby” meaning they taste divine)

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Ingredients:
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup almond milk (or other dairy substitute) (I think cold coffee would be pretty good)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • optional: a couple handfuls of chocolate chips
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Unbaked in all its glory

 

Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease or line a round 8″ baking pan.
  2. Make a cinnamon paste/topping by combining 2/3 cups sugar with 1 tbsp cinnamon, then cutting in 3 tbsp coconut oil. Depending on how much oil you use, this will come out as either a paste or a crumbly, streusel-like topping.
  3. Mix the flours, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Cut in the coconut oil using a pastry cutter or a fork until the mix looks like crumbs. (If your oil is melted, whisk it in with a fork)

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    ~check out these fine crumbs~
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the applesauce, milk, and vanilla. Add to the flour-crumbs mix, and stir together.
  5. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface, and separate into two halves. (You may need to add flour, depending on your oil and the heat of the kitchen) Knead each half a couple times before shaping into a round. Place one dough disc in the baking pan, spread the cinnamon mix, then place the other half of dough on top.
  6. At this juncture, you can preemptively cut the scones (into 12), which will make them easier to separate cleanly after baking.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes, until golden and baked through. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, and run a round-bladed knife around the pan before removing.

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Aaaaand there you have it, folks! Hope you enjoy. Have a wonderful week.

Kimba Wisotsky

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