This week (8th-14th August) is both Allotment Week AND Afternoon Tea Week so what better recipe to celebrate both than a scone recipe using beautiful homegrown blackberries?! And here they are, Vegan Blackberry & Apple Scones! You’ve heard of self-saucing puddings well these are scones make their own jam!
Ever since we have lived together we have always grown our own fruit & veg. While we were at uni this was a couple of pots; mainly herbs on the windowsill, runner beans and strawberries. These days, we live in a house with very little garden, chosen as I am sure a lot of parents do, for the schools it is in catchment for. Our veggie patch is about 2ftx6ft plus a few pots, an upcycled pirate water tray and a GIANT bramble patch growing up an old tree!
Whilst we wait for an allotment* we make the best of this little space! This isn’t the best picture but you can see we are currently growing runner beans, sweetcorn, spring onions, ruby chard, chives and mange tout in this little patch. You can probably also see the overloaded bramble bush in the background!
*To apply for an allotment contact your local council although be prepared for a loooooong wait!
Our Bramble patch…
The Bramble patch has actually sparked a whole day of peace for Mummy. The Peachicks and I spent most of a day sitting in the sunshine, watching & photographing all the different bees that visited the flowers. The girls were fascinated to see how different species went to different flowers around the garden – currently we have courgette flowers, runner beans, mangetout and nasturtiums alongside the bramble flowers!
What I love about the mangetout is that all the flowers are different, so far we have had purple, blue, white and these red/pink ones!
The Veg patch is FULL of allsorts of wildlife!!
This scone recipe is perfect for using up any of the blackberries that I actually manage to wrestle off the Peachicks. It is great for using those slightly under-ripe blackberries as they hold their shape better in the dough. I used a Granny Smith apple so these scones are not overly sweet which works very well as a transition between the savoury sandwiches and sweet cakes/pastries!
These scones work very well cut out into individual circles but I think there is something really pretty about a ring of scones cooked & cut into triangles. Its a tear & share afternoon tea!
The blackberries cook gently inside the dough and create beautiful little pockets of fruity jam!
Recipe for Vegan Blackberry & Apple Scones
- 8 oz Self Raising Flour
- 1 tsp Ground Chia Seeds (or 25g custard powder)
- 1 oz Dairyfree Margarine (Pure Dairyfree)
- 1 oz Sugar
- 1 Apple cut into small chunks Granny Smith
- 2 oz Blackberries
- 1/4 pint Dairyfree milk Koko dairyfree
I cook scones on a preheated pizza stone in a fan oven at 200C but a floured baking tray will work just as well – they may just need a few extra minutes!
Weigh the flour into a mixing bowl and add the ground chia seeds OR custard powder before mixing.
Next add the dairy free margarine to the flour mixture and rub together with you fingertips until you have a breadcrumb like mixture.
Next add the sugar, apple and blackberries before gently stirring.
In a separate jug measure out the dairy free milk and add to the dry ingredients
Now for the messy bit – either use a spoon or you hands – its up to you! Gently stir together all the ingredients until a soft dough is formed. Turn out onto a floured board and gently knead in more flour if its very sticky.
Roll or squash the dough flat and using a floured straight sided knife cut the dough circle into 6 triangles. Cut through the dough but don't separate the individual scones. I roll the dough out to about an inch and a half thick.
Spread out on a floured baking tray and bake for 30mins.
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