When I was a bread baker for a living, the first thing I would do every morning at 5am was make the scones for the day. I still am not totally sure why, but it was one of my favorite things to do. Something about pressing the dough flat with my hands and cutting them out was so calming. I probably cherished this slow moment every morning because it was before the bread shaping and croissant rolling craziness began. So, now, making scones is a great way for me to relieve stress.
Another reason I really enjoy making scones is they are a nice, blank canvas. They require few ingredients to make the base, most of which you will probably have on hand. Then, all you need to do is add a bit of flavor. Fresh or dried fruits and berries are always a solid choice. Herbs, spices, and tea flavors also work wonderfully. Of course, combinations are always best, which is why I chose to go with cranberry orange. It's also a great flavor combination for this time of year.
As for creating that blank canvas, veganizing scones is a fairly easy task compared to other baked goods. There is no egg in traditional scones, so the only things needed to substitute are butter and buttermilk. Both of which are incredibly easy to swap out with some Earth Balance and vinegar in soymilk, respectively. Not only are these easy to eat, but they are easy to eat as a quick morning option with your coffee or tea compared to a muffin or a flaky pastry as those tend to be a little messier. However, these are also wonderful for a brunch style get together, a morning after a long night with friends, or just for relaxing with yourself, tea, and a book.
Cranberry Orange Scones
My name is Ellen Jane and I spend my free time doing vegan experiments in my kitchen so you don't have to. Take a look around.