This time I decided to move away from the "cheese" even if it is vegan and decided on a sweet recipe; scones with raspberry chia jam.
Believe me I was tempted to make "cheese" scones too! But I resisted and I'm so glad I did as the raspberry chia jam was so darn delicious.
Now, I'm not the first blogger to make chia jam and there are plenty of recipes out there to choose from but I was happy with the one I made and it was super easy.
The scones and jam don't take long to make at all, and it is worth making the coconut cream, but you can also use ready made soya whipped cream that comes in an aerosol can, if you can't wait overnight for the tin of coconut milk to separate.
One question though, do you add the jam first and top with cream or add the cream and top with the jam? I tried both and my favourite was adding the jam first and topping with cream.
They are delicious and I actually ate 2 straight away, the first time, each half was topped in a different order and the second time I added the jam first then the cream. I had to stop myself going back for a third!
Ingredients - Scones (makes 10)
300g Plain flour
2 Tsp Baking powder
1 Tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ Tbsp sugar
2 Tsp Mixed spice
1 Tsp Ground cinnamon
200ml Almond milk (unsweetened)
Line a baking tray with grease proof paper
Add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and vitalite to a food processor and pulse until you have an extra fine breadcrumb. You can do this by hand if you prefer, but this way is fast! Plus you don't get messy hands rubbing the margarine into the flour.
Transfer to a bowl and add the sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon and raisins and stir to combine.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the almond milk. Using a fork bring the flour into the centre and mix until you have a ball of dough.
Tip out onto a floured surface and using the heel of your hand flatten to around an 2cm thick.
Using a cutter (or in my case a plastic container) cut out circles from the dough and place on the lined baking tray.
You will need to re-form into a ball and flatten a couple of times to get 10 scones.
Bake in a moderate oven for 12-15 minutes.
Serve with cream and raspberry chia jam
I think the scones would freeze well, but they didn't last that long to find out!
Ingredients - Raspberry Chia Jam
1 Tbsp Agave nectar
10g Chia seed
¼ Tsp Vanilla paste
Place all the ingredients bar the vanilla paste into a small saucepan. Over a low heat, slowly bring to the boil, stirring all the time to break up the raspberries.
Simmer for 5 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
Stir in the vanilla paste and transfer to a glass jar.
Leave to cool slightly before adding the lid. Store in the fridge, the chia jam can be kept in the fridge for a week if it lasts that long! Its also great on toast or crumpets!
Ingredients - Coconut cream
1 Tin full fat coconut milk
½ Tbsp Agave nectar
½ Tsp Vanilla paste
Put the tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. This helps the 'cream' separate from the coconut water.
About half an hour before you start making the cream, put the bowl you will use to make the coconut cream in the freezer. Using a cold bowl helps the cream to stay firm(ish).
Remove from the fridge and turn upside down, this will now have the coconut water on the top. Using a can opener take of the top (which was the bottom) and pour the coconut water into a bowl and save for a later use. The coconut water is a great addition to smoothies.
You will be left with the hardened coconut cream in the bottom (was the top) of the tin. Remove the bowl from the freezer and spoon the coconut cream into the cold bowl.
Add the agave nectar and vanilla paste and using an electric whisk, beat until you have a thick but spreadable cream.
Add to a glass jar and like the jam, the cream can be stored in the fridge for a week if it lasts that long.