My gluten free scones recipe makes some of the softest, buttery scones ever! There's a vegan option and it's dairy free and low FODMAP too.
Preheat your oven to 200C (fan). Prepare a baking sheet with parchment / baking paper.
Place your gluten free self raising flour, baking powder and xanthan gum in a bowl. Chop your hard margarine / butter into cubes and add that to the flour. Rub it in with your fingers till it forms what looks like breadcrumbs.
Stir in your caster sugar.
Gently warm your milk (I pop it in the microwave for about 35 seconds, don't let it get really hot, just lukewarm). Then add your lemon juice and vanilla extract. Put to one side to cool briefly.
Place your baking sheet in the oven whilst your make your scones. It helps that the baking sheet is hot when you place your scones on it.
Make a well in the middle of your dry mixture. Pour in milk and work it in using a metal spoon. Keep working it till it forms a dough (it might be a little sticky).
Flour (gluten free!) your work surface and your hands. Get the dough out of your bowl and fold it over a few times to bring the dough together. Then bring the dough into a rounded shape about 3.5cm thick.
Using a cutter (about 45mm to 55mm wide) push down into the dough and bring out your scones with the cutter. Push them out of the cutter and put to one side till your have used up all the dough (keep re-rounding the dough).
Brush the tops of the scones with beaten egg (or with an almond milk wash if you are egg free, or have followed this as a vegan recipe using dairy free milk and hard margarine).
Place the scones onto the hot baking sheet and pop them into the oven for about 12-15 minutes. They should be golden on top and have a golden base too :)
Serve up warm with whatever you fancy (jam then clotted cream for me!). You can rewarm them up later, eat them cold, or even freeze them for another day.
This mixture doesn't make that many (6-8 depending on the size of your cutter). If you want more I'd recommend doubling the ingredients. Or you can make more scones by just reducing the height of them... you don't necessarily need scones as tall as mine, I just like them that way!