We’re nearing the end of summer and you know what that means…
Dread of winter? Living on hot cocoa? Hairy legs? Pumpkin spice everything? Hibernation? Well maybe…but not just yet. What nearing the end of summer means in the Northwest is …
When I posted our huckleberry pancakes on Instagram last weekend I had messages from people from different parts of the country telling me they’d never had a huckleberry! If they weren’t so dang expensive I would have offered to mail each person enough to make pancakes – but that will have to wait until we win the lottery.
Huckleberries are absolutely delicious and although they look somewhat similar to a blueberry, they are very different. They’re smaller than a blueberry and have a much more intense flavor. Lightly tart but also very sweet and very fragrant. They add wonderful flavor to pancakes, crepes, waffles, muffins, pies, and are also very tasty on top of ice cream as a sauce or in home made ice cream. You can also just eat them plain, but to save your pocketbook, I would only do that when you’re up in the mountains picking them yourself.
These scones are grain free, dairy free, egg free & vegan.
*Makes 8 Triangles OR You Can Use Smaller Biscuit Cutters for More Servings
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour
1/4 Cup of Chestnut Flour
1/4 Cup of Cassava Flour
2 1/2 teaspoons of Double Acting Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons of Coconut Sugar (plus extra for sprinkling)
Zest of 2 Medium Lemons
6 Tablespoons of Dairy Free Butter (I use soy free Earth Balance)
3/4 Cup of Full Fat Coconut Milk (my favorite is the Arroy D brand)
1/4 Cup of Fresh Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup of Fresh or Frozen Huckleberries
Whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside. In a glass measuring cup add the coconut milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Stir and let rest while you cover a baking sheet with parchment or silpat.
Add the cold dairy free butter to the dry ingredients and cut in with two knives or your fingers (that’s what I prefer) until the mixture has small chunks of butter throughout about the size of peas.
Add the wet ingredients and the huckleberries and fold it all together gently, don’t overwork the dough or your scones will be dense and heavy.
Scoop the dough onto the covered baking sheet and pat lightly into a circle. You want to pat enough that the dough holds together after baked, but not so much that you pat all of the fluff out and make them heavy.
Slice into 8 wedges and separate. Sprinkle with extra coconut sugar.
Bake (I use convection) for 20-23 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet before removing and store in a loosely covered container. Will keep for 2 days or you can wrap them well and freeze them.
You can buy blueberries at the Dollar Tree for $1. If you are just going to freeze them anyway, you can save a bundle. They sound wonderful.
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These are Huckleberries, not blueberries. A different berry that are MUCH more expensive and difficult to come by and have a very different flavor. How I wish I could buy them at the dollar store!!