Monday, May 2, 2011

Toddler Treats: Delicious Scones

Here's a recipe my Mom emailed to me that I really enjoyed, for a healthy whole wheat/grain treat...

Oatmeal Cinnamon Scones

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry or all purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar (use 1/2 cup for sweeter scone)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup vegan margarine or shortening
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup raisins, optional
1/2 cup nuts, chopped, optional
1/3 cup vanilla or plain nondairy milk (I use soy)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Cut in margarine until mixture becomes uniformly crumbly.

2. Stir in oats, raisins, and nuts (if using). Add milk and mix gently until a soft dough begins to cling together. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and pat it into a 7" circle.

3. Cut into 8 wedges and place them on an ungreased baking sheet. Just before baking, sprinkle scone wedges with granulated sugar for a sweeter taste. Bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown and firm when pressed lightly in the center.

Substitute any other dried fruit you wish: cranberries, chopped dates or apricots, blueberries, cherries, dried apples or pears.

These tender, crumbly scones are satisfying and not too sweet. A good choice for children’s snacks or a Sunday brunch. They are a wonderful way to get your children to eat more wholesome whole wheat if they are used to white flour.

Serves: 8 scones, Preparation time: 30 min.

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A few notes on the recipe and scones themselves...

I didn't have margarine or crisco in the house, but butter worked just fine for me!

Scones are pretty dry, so it's always good to smear on some marmalade or any other jelly/jam that you enjoy, and perhaps even some clotted cream, and you will be in pure heaven!

I excluded the dried fruit from the scones I made because I was making these as a healthy snack for my 18 month old, who is still too young to handle anything as chewy as dried fruit.

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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