Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Maple Cheese Scones


From Avery aka Daryl:

In anticipation of next week’s debut of the fifth Cheese Shop Mystery: DAYS OFWINE AND ROQUEFORT, I’ve been sampling more cheese. It’s a given, right? When I’m wearing my “Avery” hat, I eat cheese, I cook with cheese, I sample cheese. 
In fact, recently I had the distinct pleasure of meeting my “cheese maven” Marcella Wright for the first time. Marcella and I met online…well, actually her cat and my fictional cat met online, and then  I learned she was a big shot in the world of cheese!

Marcella, who lives in Washington, came to Studio City, California to open a Murray’s cheese shop section, this time in the Ralph’s grocery store. Delicious cheese. We had a wonderful time.
Marcella & me at Murray's in Ralph's Supermarket

But back to this week’s post and why. In anticipation of the debut of another Cheese Shop Mystery, I was browsing cookbooks and magazines looking for cheese-y breakfast items. I found the most delightful scone recipe made with cheddar and maple syrup. I found the recipe in Culture Cheese magazine, but it was made with regular flour. I needed to make it gluten-free, so I tweaked the recipe.

 I fell in love. My husband adored them, too!!

By the way…three of my blogmates, Meg/Peg, Sheila, Lucy and I are having a giveaway on Facebook with books and more in anticipation of all of our releases next week. The contest runs through January 31st. Click the photo below to check it out.

Also, I’m having a giveaway today!!  See details at the end of the recipe!

(tweaked from recipe from Culture Cheese Magazine)


(serves 6-8)

2 1/4  cups gluten-free four
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 tablespoon whey powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2  teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, diced
1 cup coarsely grated cheddar
1/2 cup chopped pecans, if desired
3/4  cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon maple extract


Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly coat with oil.

In a large bowl, combine gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, whey powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. With a blender or large fork, cut in butter until mixture is coarse and crumbly.

Stir cheddar  (and pecans, if desired) into GF flour mixture. Combine buttermilk and maple extract. Gradually add that to dry ingredients while tossing mixture with a fork. It will form a soft dough. (Note: you want to moisten the dry ingredients but NOT stir too vigorously, which stiffens the dough.)

Gather dough together. Press gently to combine. Transfer to a lightly gluten-free floured surface and pat out to 1-inch-thick round.

Cut with a serrated knife into 6-8 wedges. Arrange wedges on the baking sheet.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch.

In the recipe in the magazine, it says “Dough can also be patted out and cut into 2-inch square scones, which will bake in 12-15 minutes.”

* By the way, if you want to make these using regular flour, just switch out the  GF flour with regular flour and omit the xanthan gum.

** Whey powder seems to add a ton of moisture to gluten-free baked items. I add a tablespoon now every time I bake something. It substitutes for 1 tablespoon of the GF flour.

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Giveaway: Leave a comment with your email in order to enter the giveaway! REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL so I might notify you. AND if you tweet or share on Facebook, tell me in your  comment and you'll be entered TWICE.

I'm giving away your choice of one of the first four Cheese Shop mysteries or FINAL SENTENCE, the first in the Cookbook Nook mysteries. Plus some fun swag!

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Days of Wine and Roquefort 
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  1. I love both of your series. I posted on FB and Twitter about the giveaway.

  2. Maple and cheddar are two of my favorite things. I'm gaining weight just from reading this blog, never mind actually trying the recipes.

    1. Mark, I know, right? It seems just looking at food makes me want to eat….more. :)

      Daryl / Avery

  3. I am so pinning that recipe! Sounds delicious :)

  4. Love the idea of the maple and cheese flavors Avery! I wonder if you work a little maple syrup into the recipe--that's what I was imagining when I read the title!

    1. The recipe just needed the maple flavoring. I think if you used maple syrup, the scone might become too dense. But adding it as an accompaniment, divine!

      Daryl / Avery

  5. A maple scone that is savory. What a great idea. This goes onto my TBC list (to be cooked!)
    I've posted on FB, as always.
    Best wishes to all of you on your new book babies.

    1. Ah, thanks, Libby. TBC - that's cute! It goes right along with the TBR pile, right?

      Daryl / Avery

    2. Exactly right. Glad you caught that.

  6. This recipe looks amazing and I'm really looking forward to trying it. Thanks.

    1. Mare, love your log-on name. Now, explain to me how you have inquisitive fibers! LOL Hope your crafts are doing great, by the way.

      Daryl / Avery

  7. I would love to enter. I love my Cozies and especially those with recipes :)

  8. I had to smile when I saw this because I have been craving scones lately and have been wanting to make some. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing. Will tweet and share on FB.

    Connie Fischer

    1. Connie, don't you just love scones? There's something so easy yet so yummy about them. Biscuits with a twist, right?

      Daryl / Avery

  9. Shopping today, glad i looked at this recipe, think I need to amend shopping list! In eager anticipation for the new book!!!

    1. Esther, thanks so much! I'm so glad I caught you before your grocery run. LOL

      Daryl / Avery

  10. I already reviewed your ARC of Days of wine and roquefort and it will be on my blog on release day, I would love to win the first of the cheese shop mysteries and it would be an honour to also review that on my blog.

    1. Aw, Tina, thanks so much! I assume, based on the fact that you want to review the first, that you LIKED the fifth. Yay! :)

      Best, Avery aka Daryl

  11. I will also share the giveaway on my facebook page

  12. Great recipe and giveaway! I would love to win Final Sentence.
    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

  13. Seems like a strange combination to me. But then I don't like PB&J. It has to be separate.

    1. Barbara, you're like my son. He's a pure PB sandwich guy. No jam. But this really works. :)

      Daryl / Avery

  14. Looks like a good recipe. Would love to win this book!