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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Gluten free cinnamon-orange 'quick' scones...

I call these quick scones, because they are faster than my traditional scone recipe I have posted before. Plus these are a bit more muffin like…but really, they are a scone. But you can make them in a muffin tin, and do not have to cut into triangles, so they are more everyday (or every other weekend) friendly. They are crispy on the outside, and tender and soft on the inside.

I made these for our special friends in town visiting and staying with us this week. They are cinnamon orange scones.
This is Fannie’s (Farmer)** basic muffin recipe, but I added some intentional goodness and replaced butter with olive oil and milk with buttermilk. Buttermilk lightens the crumb and makes things like this more tender. Olive oil cuts the cholesterol. The orange zest (citrus zest in general) is known for its super cancer fighting limonene. Added flax seed meal gives these Omega-3 boosters, and oats add fiber.

2 cups Tom Sawyer gluten free flour*
1 tbs baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbs sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk
3 tbs olive oil
Zest of 1/2 orange
½ cup oats, not instant
¼ cup flax seed meal
1 tsp cinnamon + ¼ tsp divided

2/3 cup powdered sugar
Juice of orange
Zest of 1/2 orange

Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Line a pan with muffin papers. Combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon zest, oats, and flax meal in a mixing bowl. Then combine in a separate bowl the buttermilk, egg, and olive oil. Add wet ingredients in to dry and mix to just combine. Do not over mix.
Scoop into muffin cups, using a ice scream scoop or mounding full. (They do not rise or change shape much in the oven.) Bake for 20-25 minutes until just slight golden brown on top. Set aside to cool.

Make glaze: mix powdered sugar, zest, ¼ tsp cinnamon and juice to create a glaze. Adjust thickness by adding more sugar or juice to your desired thickness.
Spoon over scones once completely cool.

* I recommend Tom Sawyer for this which is flavor neutral. Bob’s and others may impart a mild flavor from it's flours. But it will work with other GF flour blends.

** If you have not yet bought her cookbook, you need to! Fannie never fails!

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