Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Spicy Apple Blueberry Holiday #Gluten-free Scone #Christmas #recipe with book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber


 From Daryl 


It's the holidays. You deserve a gift for you. So I'm doing a book GIVEAWAY today - winner's choice. See below. 

I don't know about you, but I always like something sweet on Christmas morning. I often make muffins or coffee cakes and I have a specialty chocolate orange bundt cake that is divine and slices up like a dream. There's just something about having something sweet, with a good cup of coffee, and sitting around watching the kids open presents that warms me to my toes.

But I don't want a lot of fuss in the morning. Whatever I make has to be easy to put together and cook up quickly so it's ready to go when everyone arrives.

Everyone? Okay, this year, it's just one family with three little boys. Not a huge crowd!  We're all quarantining for 10 days before the holiday so we can gather safely. I want the day to be as special as possible.  I can't wait for a few hugs.

So I came up with a delicious scone that is perfect for the holidays. They are drizzled with an easy glaze. I adore glaze!!

I made mine gluten-free, but of course, you can use regular flour to make yours. Just swap out the flours and you can omit xanthan gum, whey powder and psyllium powder.  These ingredients give gluten-free flour "structure" and are mighty helpful in baking.

*FYI, I made a half recipe (in the photos below)

Enjoy however you are going to celebrate this year. Be safe.



2 cups of gluten-free flour

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

1 tablespoon whey powder

1 tablespoon psyllium powder

1/3 cup of sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup of cold butter or margarine

1 cup of apple, chopped finely or shredded

1/2 cup of milk

1/2 cup blueberries

more GF flour, if necessary

1 tablespoon brown sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling if desired


Ingredients for glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Combine all of your dry ingredients, and mix them together well. If you like spicier scones, add another 1/2 tsp cinnamon, or better yet, some nutmeg or cloves.


Cut in the 1/4 cup or margarine or butter.


Chop or shred your apple. Add the apple and blueberries, then the milk and mix until they form a soft dough. Add a bit of flour if the dough is too sticky, it really depends on how moist your shredded apple is.


Knead a few times, working some extra flour into it until it is barely sticky. Divide into two balls of dough.


Flatten until they are two circles that are about 6 inches in diameter. If you like, scour lines on the top to divide them into 6 pieces.


Place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and sprinkle them with brown sugar and/or cinnamon.


Pop into the oven and bake for 15- 20 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove and cool.


When the scones are cooled, whisk together the glaze ingredients until they are smooth. Drizzle over the scones then let harden completely.









With no glaze

With glaze

It's time to "treat yourself" to a book. I'm giving away a choice of these books, 
 all three published this year.  Winner's choice.  US only.  
Leave a comment and tell me what your holidays are like? 
Remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.  

Fairy Garden Mystery series, 
in trade paperback and e-book and audio.
You can read all about it and order it on various sites 
on my website HERE.

Don't forget to order the 9th book in the  
Cookbook Nook Mystery series,  
in trade paperback and e-book.
You can read all about it and order it on various sites on 
my website, HERE

And here is my latest Aspen Adams novel of suspense...

Order COLD CONVICTION, the 3rd in series, trade paperback and e-book: HERE

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  1. Thank you for the recipe for SPICY APPLE BLUEBERRY HOLIDAY GLUTEN-FREE SCONES. Just in recent years I had a BFF introduce me to scones and now I can't get enough of them. I love the way you can change up the flavors and go from sweet to savory with them. I will be trying this recipe - and soon.

    Over the years our holiday has changed due to both age and health. We use to have at least seven trees in the house complete with a large Christmas train set up around the entire living room as well as the yard decorated. A few years back we sold out, down moved to our dream destination and greatly downsized when we build our new home. Now I have a small chihuahua tree for our furbaby and a little tree that I change our themes on each year with all the ornaments we have and I still have a little kitchen theme tree that I put as the center piece on the table.

    Both bubby and I love to bake. We carry on the tradition my Mom had for so many years in baking up a lot of the tried and true passed down holiday recipes as well as experiment with a few new ones trying to add to my list of basic recipes. Then we make up goodies boxes with an assortment of the kitchens bounty and share them with family, friends, shut ins and others that we feel may need a lift or needed knowledge from others that their lives are important and may need a friendly gesture lift. This year delivery of the goodies has been challenging, but we have still be able to drop off deliver several boxes.

    We love watching the holiday movies - both the new ones and the old ones that we seem to be on our must see list every year. We have been doing a lot more of that this year since so many events have been cancelled or we feel uncomfortable going do to age and health issues.

    Most of all, we made sure to remember the reason for the season when we received the most wondrous gift of all.

    Thank you for the chance to win one of your fabulous books! Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.

    Be safe, stay healthy and have a little adventure along the way - even if through the pages of a good book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Kay, what a lovely account. I love that you bake and give those goodies to those you love to show you care. It says so much about the season. Giving of oneself. Being selfless. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face. Bless you.

  2. I love making scones, both sweet and savoury. I do have a recipe for blueberry scones but your spicy apple and blueberry scone recipe sounds good and I will make it with AP flour.

    DO NOT include in the drawing for the book since I am not eligible.
    Fortunately, I have enjoyed reading most of the books in your different series so it would be good to give someone else a chance to win.

    Happy holidays!

    1. Grace, that is sweet of you. I hope you enjoy the scones and thanks for being a fan. I truly appreciate the support.

  3. Welcome today. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I started a tradition when our first born was almost one. We had scrambled eggs with coffee cake from Bisquick. Either Cherry or Blueberry. And it stayed. When the kids started enjoying to cook, they took over making Christmas breakfast. And they would make one of each. Smart idea. Now we had coffee cake for the next few days. They are now 36 and 34 and still do this at their own homes. I would love to read: Shredding The Evidence. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    1. Lori, that is so sweet. The Bisquick coffee cake recipe is delicious and now Bisquick makes a GF mix so even I can still enjoy the lovely flavor I remember as a girl.

  4. Scones are so delectable and these look especially yummy. With tea just a perfect treat. Your books are captivating and intriguing. Wishing you a wonderful holiday. We lit the menorah, ate latkes, and enjoyed giving gifts to the little ones. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Thanks, Traveler. I hope your Hanukkah was filled with light and hope.

  5. I love scones, but I'm not great at making biscuit-like treats. I don't have a gentle hand and they always turn out slightly tough (but still tasty!).

    My holidays are pretty simple: my husband and I host, my family comes over to eat a LOT, and we play games afterward. According to my brothers' and cousins' partners, we're a very competitive family :)

    1. Mia, that's funny. Having a competitive family can be fun and challenging all at the same time. As for scones, yes, over-mixing or over "rolling out the dough" can cause toughness. Try adding an extra teaspoon of baking powder to lighten the texture.

  6. This recipe is great! Scones are a favorite baked goodie which I look forward to and now I will make these. I would love to read Cold Conviction. Our holidays will be spent with the grandchildren who we see often and give us wonderful days filled with love. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Petite, I love that you find such joy with your grandchildren. Aren't they fun to have around? They abound with energy!

  7. Our Christmas is wonderful! We dig out all the ornaments and decorations and remember the friends and family who gave each one to us. We have a nice supper of ham, green bean casserole, and cheesy potatoes. Our Christmas Eve tradition became enchiladas 40 some years ago when I learned to make them in high school home-ec. I have no idea why we made them for Christmas Eve, though. It's a mystery. :) I would love to win Shredding the Evidence, please. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Aw, what a special memory thinking about how you got each ornament. I do that too. As for enchiladas! Yum! That sounds like a fun and easy Eve tradition.

  8. Our celebration is to have family together to open presents, sit by the fireplace, have jolly conversations. It will be smaller this year since some of the family are not able to travel. It will still be merry since I have a very positive minded family. I am lucky

    1. Joye, I'm glad the family is upbeat. That's what we need during this time of woe. Looking ahead. Doing what we can to help the present. Have fun with the fam.

  9. I'm excited to finally have a Christmas off work. I've got my tiny tree decorated and put up where my cat can't get to it. I still need to finish wrapping presents, preferably while watching Christmas movies, and plan Christmas dinner. This weekend I'll deliver the afghans we made for our neighbors. Looking forward to having a nice relaxing holiday for a change.

    1. Oh, sweet, Alicia. You made afghans? What a terrific talent and special gift. And, um, there's a place your cat cannot get to? On the roof maybe? LOL Have fun.

  10. This year our holidays are very simple. Between COVID and my first grand baby being just born we are doing small. It’s steaks and sides at my daughters with us doing cooking and clean up.

  11. This year it will just be a small get together.

  12. These sound lovely.
    "2 cups of gluten-free" I assume you mean flour.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Libby, you must be seeing things. Of course I wrote flour. NOT. Oh, my. Feeling ashamed! LOL

    2. Or not seeing things, as the case may be. ;o)

  13. Our holidays are busy even with the covid as we mail every little person on our lists an advent calander and also a holiday hallmark christmas book and there are 20 kids. Those are grandkids we have 10 between Ca and Ia and Mi. Then little ones that we have met and have been on our holiday list that is for almost all holidays we send out Val Easter etc most of them a card and a little cash but yes I was a former foster child in an abusive home and I want all kids to know that someone always thinks of them so we have done that for many years even before hubby and i got married but especially when i started getting wonderful grandkids and meeting kids at church and they are so cute and innocent so i want their life to be excited when the mailman comes. peggy clayton ptclayton2 at aol dot com

    1. Wow, 20 kids! Peggy, I love that you want to take care of them as you wished you had been taken care of. That is so special. Bless you for your big kind heart! And hubby too.

  14. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I love scones, but I have never made my own. Maybe this year. It's going to be a really quiet Christmas this year, just me and my Sister and our furbabbies. We are just giving each other instead of gifts. Hopefully next year will be back to normal.

  15. This year, Christmas will be all about getting together virtually. When my four year old grandson is ready to open his gifts, my daughter-in-law will contact everyone (scattered across the country), and we will celebrate our love for each other. Where there is love, love finds a way.

    1. Lisa, virtually is where it's at. Can you imagine 100 years ago facing this? I can't.