After my repeat efforts at making cherry scones last month, I got myself on a bit of a scone roll. Unusually for me, I also branched out to try savoury scones, prompted by a desire to try avocado in the baking process instead of non-dairy spread or butter. I wasn't sure if fruit scones with avocado would work very well, so savoury scones it was.
The avocado gave the scones a lighter and fluffier texture than the Nuttelex I'd usually use, and I was thrilled that the green colour came through. I am not sure if you would serve green scones at a dainty high tea, but they were certainly fun to make and to eat. The experience also confirmed my belief that while I don't like avocado in plain form, I do love it in desserts and baked goods.
Complementing the avocado were hemp seeds and nutritional yeast, giving a simple but effective ingredient list. I think some mustard would work too if that is your sort of thing. These had a relatively mild taste that I liked plain or with vegemite or hummus, but if you wanted something sharper then adding mustard or more nutritional yeast should achieve that.
Avocado scones with hemp seeds
Makes 6 - 8 scones
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup non-dairy milk
1 small avocado (100g with skin and stone)
1 cup self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Preheat your oven to 220'C and line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
Combine the vinegar and non-dairy milk and set aside to curdle.
Peel and roughly chop the avocado. Place in a large bowl and add the flour and baking soda. Rub together with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the hemp seeds, nutritional yeast and vinegar-milk mix. Stir until just combined and then knead to form a soft dough.
Roll the dough out lightly on a floured surface, to ~2cm thickness. Cut out rounds using the top of a glass dipped in flour or a cookie cutter, and place on the prepared baking tray.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
Now that I have branched out, I think I'll be making savoury scones again. But now that I have tried avocado in scone form, I am also thinking that avocado fruit scones weren't such a bad idea after all...
Have you done much baking with avocado? Or do you have any favourite savoury scone variations?