When we lived in Wellington Alan had a car-park by his old work, we would drive down the hill from Brooklyn into the city before 7am, park the car and head to La’ffare for coffee and breakfast. The service, atmosphere and coffee were all amazing but the best part about this routine was the daily cheese scone. Fresh out of the oven – perfectly crisp and crunchy on the outside, plus soft and melty in the middle.
Sadly I don’t have cheese anymore, but Alan has perfected the Scones part of this equation. Versatile, delicious and perfectly flaky these Easy Vegan Scones will beat any café ones you can buy – including the non-vegan variety!
We first started experimenting with Date Scones – which remind me of old people. Or visiting Nana’s. Or those morning or afternoon tea’s we used to go to when we were little and there would be tiny sandwiches and plates of sausage rolls. Or school gala’s with Devonshire Tea’s. This led to working through some savory options – but we always came back to the plain ones, they’re just so perfect (especially with jam and coconut cream!).
Speaking of – if you are wanting to serve these Easy Vegan Scones with whipped coconut cream check out our step-by-step guide here -> Whipped Coconut Cream. This is the same stuff we used to top our Pavlova with – it’s great!
On one of the many adventure’s I have been on with my Father we were driving from Brisbane to Gympie in a tiny Wolesley Hornet. Four people plus luggage. It was actually insane, like that joke where dozens of clowns pile out of a mini. It was around lunch time and we’re driving down this road in the middle of nowhere (probably on one of Dad’s standard “short-cuts”) and there’s this random old house on the side of the road, with a sign which probably only had one hinge stating Devonshire Tea’s.
Of course my father and I wish to stop immediately for scones and tea. Whereas I think my mother and sister believed that we were more likely to get murdered than given tea. As a compromise, they dropped us off to get murdered, promised to return in 30 mins or so for our bodies then drove off to find the nearest non-murder food store which sold pies and/or hot chips.
Clearly Dad and I didn’t get murdered. But it was an odd experience. I’m pretty sure it was just tables and chairs set up in some old couple’s house. The tea, scones and homemade jam selection were fantastic, and they were very accommodating but it is slightly odd when they pull up a chair and join you.
I assure you we’re not opening a Devonshire tea house.
But you could, with these Easy Vegan Scones, because they are fantastic. Easy to make (we do like making sure things are easy to make, leaves you with less excuses not to make them). Thumbs up from our household, and work mates. Plus easy to adapt with Dates or we made a batch with Tomato and herbs. Honestly though, just get a teaspoon, pop some jam on and that’s all you need. Enjoy xx
- 250g Flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- ¼ Tsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 100g Chilled Coconut Oil (or other dairy-free fat)
- 75g Coconut Yoghurt
- 100g curdled soy milk (see notes)
- Preheat oven to 200C on bake.
- Combine dry ingredients and chilled coconut oil in food processor until it is a sandy texture. Don't overdo it though - the longer you mix the warmer the coconut oil gets, thus the wetter the flour will get.
- Mix Yoghurt and curdled soy together, then fold into sandy mixture until just combined. Cutting the wet with the dry with a knife works here too.
- When the dough is starting to form a semi cohesive ball, move to your tray and shape into a relatively flat circle. Don't knead it - just shape it.
- Cut into 6 equal triangles - then separate the pieces so each scone will cook evenly.
- Bake for 20 mins until golden brown.
- Serve warm with Jam and whipped cream
We use a mixture of soy and coconut so that neither flavour is too pronounced in the final product, but you could easily just use one or the other. If you do use just coconut yoghurt, be sure it isn't too thick as this will affect how quickly the mixture comes together and lead to overmixing.
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