What is Helen’s Gluten Free Scone Mix?
Helen’s Gluten Free Scone Mix is a low cost and incredibly quick and simple to make scone mix. One £2.50 kit plus a single egg, 200ml milk of your choice and a little butter produces 8 regular sized scones.
I rate my baking skills at least at the journeyman level. I am comfortable with preparing gluten free flour blends from scratch and working with paleo and vegan recipes. I maintained a sourdough starter for four years and never had a loaf fail to delight. I figure that baking is mostly science. If a recipe works and it is described well then all that is required is diligent execution plus a little love and patience and it will work every time.
So ready mixes are not something I use. I prefer to pluck something inspiring from the internet and replicate it at home. However Helens Gluten Free Scone Mix appeared in my Ocado Recommended to you list recently and hey, who the heck am I to think I know better than an algorithm that has been observing my shopping habits for the last 5 years? Add to Basket.
Preparing Helen’s Gluten Free Scone Mix
The entire baking instructions weigh in at under 100 words. I struggle to write text messages that concise. Essentially, whisk up an egg, add melted butter and milk of choice then stir in the scone mix.
The front of packet claim is “Ready to bake in 2 minutes” and honestly, that is not too hyperbolic. I did find it better to wait 5 minutes after mixing everything together as this allowed the mixture to thicken nicely ready to spoon onto a baking tray. Yes, *spoon* onto a baking tray. There is no rolling or scone cutting needed here. I used an ice cream scoop to deposit dollops onto ready floured baking parchment and then brushed the tops with left over soy milk.
Instructions offer alternatives for the milk as buttermilk, regular cow milk, soy or almond. Butter can be replaced with vegetable oil. There is no full vegan alternative suggested but I expect that an egg replacer plus plant based milk of choice along with plus vegetable oil or coconut oil would *work*. People on the internet agree.
After 15 minutes at the recommended 200c my scones were golden brown on the outside and fully baked through.
Reliable, simple, no mess, no fuss. Almost too easy. Surely they cannot be any good, right?
Eating Helen’s Gluten Free Scone Mix scones!
I adore scones. They are among my top 5 dessert choices. Take me to afternoon tea and I could pass on all the fancies and just enjoy extra scones. For me the texture is critical. I want a firm outer edge that resists the initial bite so I know I am beginning to enjoy a scone. The inside should be light and moist. Since scones are basically ingenious delivery systems for delicious toppings they must not be too sweet themselves. Scones, listen up.
Prepared according to spec these scones are . . . agreeable! They are incredibly light and soft. They cut easily. Their own flavour is very mild and does not compete with their topping. In fact I think they might even benefit from a little added sweetness from sultanas or grated apple, as suggested by Helen’s. The ingredients are conventional gluten free starches along with some flaxseed meal and both sugar and salt are kept low. Bravo! More can always be added quickly if that is your preference.
Their only genuine failing is that they did *not* result in the spontaneous appearance of clotted cream. Bad scones. Try harder!
Too Easy! What next after Helen’s Gluten Free Scone Mix?
On my rare departures from a mostly grain free diet my favourite gluten free flour blend and source for proven, work-every-time recipes is the Gluten Free Flour Company.
Right now though, I also have one of the wonderful cake in a box kits from BakeIt Free From which I discovered thanks to the Free From Food Awards. These amazing kits contain absolutely everything needed to make truly special cakes with luscious, creamy toppings and are free from all 14 major allergens, no gluten, no dairy, no egg, not even celery or mustard! To do this kit justice I have ordered a camera tripod, en route now, so that I can make a video of the unboxing. Wish me luck :-)