Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gluten-free Raspberry Scones + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl aka Avery

Just because it's summer! I'm offering another summer giveaway!  But, caveat, I'm on the road today so I won't be able to respond (sorry) until the end of the day or tomorrow, so this will run until Friday! See details below.

In the meantime, I have to share one of my favorite scone recipes with you. Raspberries (as all berries) are IN during the summer. They are plump and beautiful and they cook into a delicious sugar when added to pastries.

I happen to like all berries. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries. I remember picking blackberries on the vines my dad planted in our garden. There were three rows. They took me about an hour to pluck at least once a week. Every time, I made pies. At least 6 pies. We put 5 in the freezer and ate one. (I usually had a stomach ache after picking because I couldn't resist tasting...)  

We had pie all winter long. I became very good at making pie crusts. 

Oh, for the life when I could eat gluten and make a regular pie crust. Now, don't get me wrong. A gluten-free pie crust doesn't really taste different from a regular pie crust, but it doesn't roll or crimp the same. Big deal.

Not true of a scone.  The pastry dough works the same way as I remember as a girl. It rises with the help of the baking powder.

In this recipe I use whey powder. Whey powder, though it resembles flour, isn't a flour...

What is whey powder?  Well, milk is made of two proteins, casein and wheyWhey protein is considered a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is low in lactose content.

I have found the powder really helps keep gluten-free breads moist. I haven't used it for regular flour breads, but I would imagine it does the same.

But enough education. Here is one of my favorite new recipes for a breakfast treat!  Enjoy!


2 cups gluten-free flour (*I used 7/8 cup tapioca starch, 2 tablespoons whey powder, 1 cup sweet rice flour – the whey flour matters! You can use your favorite blend of gluten-free flour but make sure you include 2 tablespoons of whey in the mix.)
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled butter (cut into pieces)
1 cup raspberries
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cream
2 tablespoons milk

For wash:
1 egg white
1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix the gluten-free flours (with whey), xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Put the mixture into a Cuisinart and pulse with the pieces of butter.

Pour the mixture back into the large bowl and add the raspberries. Carefully coat raspberries with mixture. Try not to crush them.

In a small bowl, mix the egg, vanilla, cream, and milk. Add the mixture to the raspberry/flour mixture.  Stir gently, just enough to incorporate.

Turn the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. With wet hands, press the mixture into a round about 1” thick. Cut the round into 6-8 wedges.  Brush with the egg/milk wash.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until nicely brown. Make sure you put the pan in the middle of the oven so the bottom of the scone doesn’t get too brown.

Remove from oven and cut the slices again. They will have merged together. Eat immediately or wrap each wedge individually in plastic wrap.


You see For Cheddar or Worse in the picture at the top? That is what I'm giving away - book #7 of the Cheese Shop Mysteries. Great reviews. One of my most favorite books to have written. It's a closed room mystery. Have you read any closed room mysteries that really gotcha!!??

PS  If you already have the book, enter anyway and, if you win, you can donate it to a library or I can send you some fun swag instead!

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  1. Thank you for the recipe! I love scones and would love to try a gluten-free recipe for my friends. Meg85242 at gmail dot com

  2. Fabulous scone recipe and I definitely want to read the book!

  3. I am not sure if I have read a closed room mystery, not sure what that is; the book sounds great, and thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  4. I'm always impressed at the creative minds that come up with new ways to have a closed room murder mystery. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  5. The scone recipe looks delectable. Thanks for your wonderful giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Those look SO yummy! Thanks for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Raspberry scones? Wonderful!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  8. Always love the gluten free recipes. Since I am gluten free I love that you include someone with celiac disease in your books!

  9. I love scones...and raspberries! YEAH! I've read mysteries about 'hidden rooms,' 'magical rooms' and 'rooms with no windows,' but not "closed room" mysteries...but I've seen programs and movies that have that twist. I think it was a "Mystery Woman" movie and didn't Poirot have a twist like that? Fun!

  10. I love raspberries & scones, so this recipe is perfect. I'm not sure if I've ever read a closed room mystery or at least I can't think of any. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. I have not read a closed room mystery but sounds fun.

  12. I love scones thanks for the recipe.
    the closed room sounds fun. thank you for the opportunity.

  13. Closed Room Mysteries are always fun to read & try to figure out. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  14. I haven't read a closed room mystery since reading Agatha Christie in my teens. Looking forward to reading this one! Casmith79 at aol dot com

  15. I grow raspberries in my garden. This sounds like a great recipe for them. Will give it a try.

  16. I have a very generous neighbor who shares her raspberry patch with me. So when they are ripe I'm in full raspberry mode jams, pies, and other yummy desserts. Will have to add scones now. I read For Cheddar or Worse and loved the twist of the closed room. amysue511 (a)gmail(dot)com

  17. Please enter me. I love to try new series!
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com
    Wendy Clark

  18. Thanks for the recipe! I love berries, and scones are wonderful! Can't wait to try this one! I have read For Cheddar or Worse, and I loved it, but I would still love to have my own copy - I checked it out at the library. mmdrayson(a)gmail(dot)com

  19. THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER. Sharon F is the winner, by random selection. Congrats and thanks to all for participating. ~ Daryl