Jalapeno, Corn, Feta Scone – Gluten Free
Published on Sep 16, 2023by Kristina Stosek
Buttery, with the most perfect crumb Gluten Free Jalapeno, Corn, Feta Scone. This recipe combines flour, butter, sour cream, milk, jalapeno peppers, fresh sweet corn kernels, crumbled feta cheese, and hint of fresh lime. The scone has a mildly spicy and savory flavor, a zesty saltiness, and some sweetness from the corn.
Jalapeno, Corn, Feta Scone – The Recipe
This gluten free recipe is a delicious and flavorful twist on the traditional scone, often enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or snacks. The scones provide a savory option for those who prefer less sweetness.
You will love how easy this gluten free scone recipe comes together. Even if you are a novice baker, you will succeed without fail.
What makes the best GLUTEN FREE scone?
Creating the best gluten free scones requires attention to several key factors to ensure they are delicious, tender, and have a great texture. Here are some tips to make the best gluten free scones:
Use the Right Gluten Free Flour Blend:
Choose a high-quality gluten-free flour blend that’s suitable for baking scones. Look for blends specifically designed for baking rather than all-purpose gluten-free flour. These blends often contain a mix of flours and starches for better texture and taste.
Add a Binder:
Add a binder, such as xanthan gum, if your blend doesn’t include it. This helps prevent your scones from being overly crumbly.
Chill your ingredients, like butter, eggs, and any liquid ingredients. This helps maintain a flaky texture in your scones. I even chill my flour.
Use Cold Fat:
Like traditional scones, use cold fat (butter or a dairy-free alternative) and cut it into the flour until you achieve a coarse, crumbly texture. This creates pockets of fat in the dough, leading to a flaky scone.
Pay attention to the liquid-to-dry ingredient ratio. Gluten-free flours require more liquid than regular wheat flour. Start with the recommended amount and adjust if needed for the right consistency.
Avoid OVERMIXING the dough, as this can lead to tough scones. Mix until just combined to prevent overworking the dough.
Resting Time: If you have time, allow the shaped scones to rest in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before baking. This helps relax the dough and can improve the texture.
Add a Shine and Color: Brush the scones with milk, cream, or an egg wash before baking. This adds a nice shine and can enhance the browning.
gluten free flour blends for scones – my recommendation (affiliate links)
The best gluten free flour blend for scones can vary depending on personal preference and dietary needs. However, there are several commercially available gluten-free flour blends that are known for producing excellent results in scone recipes. Some popular options include:
Cup4Cup is a widely praised gluten free flour blend often considered a one-to-one substitute for all-purpose wheat flour. It’s known for its excellent texture and performance in baked goods, making it a great choice for scones.
King Arthur Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour: (my favorite)
King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Flour is another excellent option in scone recipes. It’s designed to be a direct replacement for wheat flour in recipes and is known for its consistency and reliability.
Bob’s Red Mill offers a 1-to-1 gluten-free baking flour that is a versatile choice for making scones. It contains a mix of flours and starches and can be used as a direct substitute in most recipes.
Pamela’s Products offers a gluten free all-purpose flour blend that many people find successful in baking scones. It contains a mix of rice flour and tapioca starch.
Namaste Foods’ Perfect Flour Blend is a gluten free option made from a combination of rice flour, tapioca flour, and potato starch. It’s known for producing tender baked goods.
best way to shape scones
Shaping scones is an important step in the baking process, as it not only determines the appearance but also affects the texture of the finished scones. Here are some common methods for shaping scones, along with tips on how to do it effectively:
Round Scones (Traditional Method):
Start by patting the scone dough into a round disk about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Use a round biscuit cutter to cut out scones. Dip the cutter in flour to prevent sticking, and press it straight down without twisting to get clean edges. Place the scones on a baking sheet with a bit of space between them for even baking.
Wedge or Triangle Scones:
Pat the dough into a circle or rectangle, and then use a sharp knife to cut it into wedges or triangles, similar to slicing a pizza. Separate the wedges and place them on the baking sheet.
Drop Scones (Rustic Style):
Instead of shaping the dough into a solid round or rectangle, you can use a spoon or cookie scoop to drop portions of dough directly onto the baking sheet. Then, use your hands to gently flatten and shape. This method results in a more rustic appearance and is excellent for a quick and easy scone preparation.
Square or Rectangular Scones:
Pat the dough into a square or rectangular shape, then cut it into squares or rectangles with a sharp knife. This method is commonly used to make scones resembling traditional British “biscuits.”
Ultimately, the key is to handle the dough gently and avoid overmixing or overworking it for the best texture .
What should be the thickness of the dough for scones?
The thickness of scone dough can vary depending on personal preference and the type of scones you’re making, but a typical guideline is to roll or pat the dough to a thickness of about 1/2 to 3/4 inch. Here’s why this range is often recommended:
Fluffy Interior: Rolling or patting the dough to a 1/2 to 3/4 inch thickness allows the scones to have a tender and fluffy interior. The thickness allows the scones to rise during baking without becoming overly dense.
Even Baking: A consistent thickness ensures even baking. If the dough is too thick, the outside may brown before the inside is fully cooked. If it’s too thin, the scones may become dry or overbaked.
Size and Shape: This thickness range is also suitable for cutting or shaping scones into the desired size and shape. Traditional scones are often cut into wedges or rounds, and this thickness makes it easier to cut.
Texture: The 1/2 to 3/4 inch thickness provides a good balance between a crisp, golden-brown exterior and a tender, slightly crumbly interior, which many people enjoy in scones.
Can you freeze gluten free jalapeno, corn, feta scones?
Yes, you can, freezing these scones. It is convenient to have freshly baked scones on hand whenever you need them without baking a fresh batch each time.
To do this; Once the scones cool, wrap each scone individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place them in an airtight container or a heavy-duty freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible from the bag before sealing it to prevent freezer burn. You can store them in the freezer for 2-3 months.
When you’re ready to enjoy the scones, remove the desired number of scones from the freezer. Allow them to thaw at room temperature for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
To restore the scones’ freshness and texture, reheat them in a preheated oven at 350 F for 10-15 minutes or until warm. You can also use a microwave but do not overheat them. It takes about 20 seconds on medium power per scone. The exact time may vary based on your microwave.
Remember that the microwave method is convenient but can lead to scones losing some of their original texture. The oven method is preferred to maintain the scone’s crisp exterior and tender interior. Whichever method you choose, keep a close eye on the scones to prevent overheating, and serve them promptly.
8 ways to enjoy gluten free jalapeno, corn, feta scones
Jalapeno, Corn, and Feta scones have a blend of flavors, including spicy jalapenos, sweet corn, and tangy feta cheese. Here are some serving suggestions to enjoy these savory scones:
Butter and Jam: Spread a pat of creamy butter on a warm scone, and add a dollop of sweet and fruity jam or preserves. The contrast between savory and sweet is delightful.
Cream Cheese or Sour Cream: A smear of cream cheese or a spoonful of sour cream can complement the jalapenos’ spiciness and the feta’s zestiness.
Avocado Slices: Add slices of avocado to your scone for a creamy and fresh flavor. It pairs well with the jalapeno heat.
Soup, Stew or Chili: Serve your scones alongside a bowl of your favorite soup like Gluten Free Rustic French Onion Soup, or our popular stew the African Beef Stew or chili. The scones can be used for dipping or as a side to a hearty meal.
Egg Dish: Enjoy your scone as part of a breakfast or brunch spread alongside scrambled eggs, omelets, or a quiche, like our famous Crustless Quiche with Leeks Mushrooms and Fontina Cheese.
Cheese Plate: Create a mini cheese plate with complementary cheeses like mild cheddar, goat cheese, or blue cheese to enjoy alongside your scone.
Bacon or Sausage: If you want a heartier meal, serve the scone with crispy bacon or your favorite sausage links or patties.
Maple Syrup or Warm Honey: My favorite way to enjoy them is to drizzle some maple syrup or warm honey over the scones just before serving.
Highlights of Gluten Free Jalapeno, Corn, Feta Scones
Baking scones at home allows you to enjoy the freshness and quality of homemade baking. These gluten free scones are versatile and can be enjoyed as a snack or side dish. In addition, they pair well with eggs, bacon, or a fresh salad, making them a versatile addition to brunch.
Jalapeno, Corn, Feta Scone – Gluten Free
Published on Sep 16, 2023by Kristina Stosek
Preheat your oven to 400 F. Line one large or 2 small baking sheets with parchment paper
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, baking powder, baking soda, cumin, salt and lime zest
Add the cold, cubed butter to the dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter, a large fork, or your fingers to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in corn kernels, jalapeno peppers, and crumbled feta cheese
Whisk sour cream, milk, eggs, and lime juice in a separate bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the wet mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overmix. *see photo of the dough in the post
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface or parchment paper dusted with gluten-free flour. Gently knead the dough a few times until it holds together.
Divided the dough into two pieces. Pat the dough into a disc about 3/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into wedges or as desired using a sharp knife or a biscuit cutter. *See shaping options in the post
Place the scones onto the prepared baking sheet about 1/4-inch apart. (You can use the same parchment paper to line the baking sheet)
Brush the tops of the scones with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar if you wish, and bake 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. You can also check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of a scone; it should come out clean.
Remove the scones from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving
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Delicious and easy to make!