Controversial opinion: I really like scones. Scones are hated by many for being dry, dense and perhaps a bit stuffy. All that said, I don’t think the scones of the world are deserving of their bad rap. Who doesn’t want something sweet (but not too sweet) for breakfast? Who doesn’t want a fancy little pastry that actually travels well? As someone who stuffs sweets into her pockets often, I feel most qualified to answer: no one! These Vegan Apple Cinnamon Scones are here to fill your breakfast, snack or dessert needs. Let. Them. In.
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Ingredients for Vegan Apple Cinnamon Scones
- All Purpose Flour: All purpose flour is considered to have a moderate/average amount of protein when compared to other flours. It will give your scones sturdiness without compromising the lightness you desire in a morning dessert.
- Sugar: Granulated sugar is great for baking because the bond that it forms with water/liquid has a moisture-locking effect. This gives us incredible texture and moistness in our baked goods. Where we rely on sugar to give delicious sweetness to our desserts, it also brings out the more delicate flavors in our bakes giving them the level of prominence we desire.
- Sea Salt: Salt is a known flavor enhancer and baked goods are no exception. This is especially true where flour and butter are concerned. In addition to amplifying their flavor, salt works to strengthen doughs/batters and provide texture.
- Baking Powder: Baking powder provides the leavening power when baking scones. Without baking powder our scones wouldn’t puff up in the oven. Baking powder begins releasing carbon dioxide in the batter and then expands more evenly while baking.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon has warming powers and provides rich, spicy and sweet notes to any recipe. It pairs with apple incredibly well.
- Vegan Butter: Vegan butter is a simple alternative to dairy butter. Non-dairy butter is made up of different vegetable oils and is solid at room temperature. The flavors are nearly identical to normal butter. For this recipe it is important that the butter is chilled. Like with piecrust and other pastries, cold butter leads to a beautiful, flaky texture.
- Non-Dairy Milk: Non-dairy milks resemble traditional dairy milks except they are derived from alternative sources such as nuts, coconuts, rice, oats, etc. Any will do in baking. Unflavored and unsweetened are ideal but use what you have available. Keep chilled for use in this recipe.
- Apples: You are welcome to use whatever apples you have on hand for this recipe. I used Gala.
Streusel Topping Ingredients (for vegan apple cinnamon scones)
- All Purpose Flour: All purpose flour is added to streusel topping to help bind the mixture together and give it a crumbly texture
- Brown Sugar: Light, dark or golden brown sugar will work fine here. All of these varieties will bring sweetness along with a nice golden color to the scones.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon brings a beautiful warmth to streusel. It cuts through the sweetness of the sugar and provides greater dimension in flavor.
- Ginger: Ginger adds “spiciness” to baked goods. This isn’t the kind of spiciness that burns your tongue but instead the kind that pairs well with other warming spices in sugary eats.
- Vegan Butter: Vegan butter is a simple alternative to dairy butter. Non-dairy butter is made up of different vegetable oils and is solid at room temperature. The flavors are nearly identical to normal butter. For your streusel topping, you want your butter to be cold and lumpy but not melted. If the butter melts your streusel will not be crumbly.
Steps for Making Vegan Apple Cinnamon Scones
- Combine all of the dry ingredients. Whisk together until all ingredients are well-distributed throughout. Place the bowl in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to chill before adding anything else. Ingredients should be as cold as possible.
- Cut in the cold vegan butter. Using a pastry cutter, work the cold vegan butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is fine and crumbly. It’s good to leave a few larger pieces of butter behind for flakiness. Add in 1/4 c nondairy milk and stir in the apples. If you need more moisture add in additional nondairy milk 1 tbsp at a time.
- Chill the dough! Shape the prepared dough into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes (up to 2 days). Make the streusel topping while the dough is chilling.
- Shape the scones. Turn chilled dough out onto heavily floured surface and shape disk into a circle that is 8-9 inches in diameter. Cut into 8 equal, triangular pieces and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with nondairy milk and sprinkle generously with streusel topping. Bake at 375 F (190 C) for 20-25 minutes. Serve your vegan apple cinnamon scones!
Tips for Making Vegan Scones
Making vegan scones can be just as delicious and satisfying as traditional scones. Here are some tips to help you create light, fluffy, and flavorful vegan scones:
- Don’t over-mix the dough: Mix the dry and wet ingredients until just combined. Over-mixing can result in dense and tough scones. Stop stirring as soon as the dough comes together.
- Avoid over-kneading the dough: Once you’ve combined the wet and dry ingredients, gently knead the dough just until it comes together. Over-kneading can lead to tough scones. Aim for a soft and slightly sticky dough.
- Handle the dough gently: When shaping the dough, handle it gently to avoid overworking it. Pat it into a disc and cut out scones using a sharp, floured cutter or shape them into rustic triangles.
- Chill the scones before baking: Place the shaped scones on a baking sheet and refrigerate them for about 15-20 minutes before baking. Chilling helps solidify the fat in the dough, resulting in flakier scones.
- Keep ingredients cold: Like traditional scones, keeping the vegan scone ingredients cold helps create a flakier texture. Chill the vegan butter, non-dairy milk, and any other liquid ingredients in the refrigerator before using them.
- Bake at the right temperature and time: Preheat your oven and bake the scones at the recommended temperature stated in the recipe. Keep a close eye on them as baking times may vary. They should be golden brown on the outside and cooked through on the inside.
Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be discouraged if your first attempt isn’t exactly what you envisioned. Enjoy the process and experiment with different flavors and textures until you find your favorite vegan scone recipe!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I substitute oil for vegan butter in scone recipes?
While oil can be used as a substitute for vegan butter in some recipes, it may not yield the same results in scones. Vegan butter provides a more solid and creamy texture, which helps create flaky scones. If you choose to use oil, consider using a neutral-tasting oil such as canola or vegetable oil, and adjust the amount accordingly.
Can I freeze vegan scones?
Yes, you can freeze vegan scones. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or place them in freezer bags once they are cool. Frozen scones can be stored for up to a month. When ready to enjoy, thaw them at room temperature or reheat in a preheated oven for a few minutes.
How can I make gluten-free vegan scones without compromising on taste and texture?
Making gluten-free vegan scones can be a bit challenging, but there are some tips to help you achieve good results. Use a gluten-free flour blend specifically formulated for baking, which usually contains a mix of gluten-free flours and binders. Additionally, adding a bit of xanthan gum or psyllium husk powder can help improve the texture and binding properties. Experiment with different gluten-free flours and ratios to find the best combination for your desired taste and texture.
How can I prevent my vegan scones from spreading too much during baking?
If your vegan scones tend to spread too much during baking, there are a few possible reasons. First, make sure your vegan butter or margarine is cold and solid before incorporating it into the dough. Chilling the shaped scones in the refrigerator before baking can also help maintain their shape. Additionally, avoid overworking the dough and handle it as little as possible. Finally, ensure your leavening agents, such as baking powder and baking soda, are fresh and active to provide proper lift without excessive spreading.
How do I know when vegan scones are fully baked?
The baking time for vegan scones may vary depending on the recipe and oven. As a general guideline, scones are usually fully baked when they turn golden brown on the outside and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The scones should have a slightly firm exterior and a light, fluffy interior. Keep an eye on them during baking, and if needed, extend the baking time slightly until they reach the desired doneness.
How to Serve/Store Vegan Apple Cinnamon Scones
Here’s some suggestions for serving your vegan apple cinnamon scones:
- Freshly baked: Serve the apple cinnamon scones while they are still warm from the oven. The aroma of cinnamon and apples will be inviting, and the scones will be at their fluffiest and most tender. Place them on a serving platter or individual plates.
- Accompaniments: Offer some accompaniments to enhance the flavors of the scones. Here are a few ideas:
- Vegan butter or margarine: Provide a small dish with vegan butter or margarine for spreading on the warm scones.
- Apple butter or vegan jam: Offer apple butter or your favorite vegan jam as a topping option. The fruity flavors will complement the apple cinnamon scones beautifully.
- Vegan whipped cream: Consider serving vegan whipped cream or coconut whipped cream on the side for a touch of indulgence.
- Tea or coffee: Pair the apple cinnamon scones with a pot of hot tea or a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The warm beverage will complement the flavors of the scones and create a delightful combination.
- Fresh fruit: Add a touch of freshness to the plate by serving some sliced or diced fresh fruit alongside the scones. Berries, such as raspberries or blueberries, or sliced apples would work well.
- Presentation: If desired, you can dust the tops of the scones with a sprinkle of powdered sugar to add a touch of elegance. Alternatively, you can drizzle a simple glaze made from powdered sugar and a bit of non-dairy milk over the scones for added sweetness and decoration.
Remember, serving suggestions are flexible, and you can customize them based on your preferences and the occasion.
Storing Vegan Apple Cinnamon Scones
Allow the scones to cool completely at room temperature before storing them. If you store them while they are still warm, condensation can form, making them soggy. Place the cooled scones in an airtight container, such as a food storage container or a zip-top bag. Ensure the container is large enough to accommodate the scones without squishing them.
Vegan scones are best stored at room temperature. Keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, heat sources, or moisture. The scones can stay fresh for up to 2-3 days when stored properly. If you want to store your scones for a longer period, you can freeze them. Wrap each scone individually in plastic wrap or place them in separate freezer bags to prevent freezer burn. Frozen scones can be stored for up to a month.
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Vegan Apple Cinnamon Scones
Classic apple scones topped with crumbly, sugary goodness! Great for breakfast, snacks or dessert.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 8 scones 1x
- Category: Dessert for Breakfast
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
2 c all purpose flour
1/3 c sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c vegan butter, cold
1/4–1/2 c nondairy milk, cold
1 1/2 c apple peeled and diced 1/4inch
1/2 c all purpose flour
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch sea salt
2 tbsp vegan butter
- Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon. Place this bowl in the freezer while you prepare your apples. The colder your ingredients the better.
- Bring Dough Together: Once apples are ready, remove your dry ingredients from the fridge and cut in cold butter using a pastry cutter and work until mixture is fine and crumbly. Add 1/4 c cold, nondairy milk to the bowl and stir with a fork until dough begins to come together. Add prepared apples to the bowl and work into the dough using your hands. If dough is still too dry, continue adding in nondairy milk 1 tbsp at a time until dough comes together. You do not want it to be too wet. Do not overwork.
- Shape the Scones: Turn out dough onto a heavily floured surface. Shape dough into a small disk, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. To make the streusel topping, combine all purpose flour, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and sea salt in a bowl. Add vegan butter and work with a fork until ingredients are well-combined and there are no large chunks of butter.
- Dress the Scones: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Remove dough from the fridge and return to your floured surface. Shape disk into a circle that is roughly 8-9 inches in diameter. Using a sharp knife, cut circle into 8 equal-sized pieces. Place each of the scones onto your prepared baking sheet leaving a little space between each. Brush each scone with nondairy milk and sprinkle generously with streusel topping. Really pack it on.
- Bake: Place baking sheet on center rack in oven and bake for 20-25mins or until scones look golden grown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet at least 15 minutes prior to serving. Scones can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.
*Adding the apples before adding in additional nondairy milk is important as they add additional moisture to the dough. If you add in all of the nondairy milk before the apples your dough may end up being too wet.
**Scones will last 2-3 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
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