Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones are gluten-free and richly packed with dark chocolate chips, sultanas, currants, spiced with cinnamon and drizzled with white chocolate for a luxurious Easter Brunch.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

By the end of my pregnancy I was seriously fed up. I was avoiding all forms of sugar due to my ‘borderline’ gestational diabetes and I was incredibly hungry all the time as my body couldn’t cope with more than a few mouthfuls of food without feeling horribly sick. It was as if my little baby was filling up my whole body and there was no room for food or water. I was pretty dehydrated and I could barely even swallow down my pregnancy vitamins. I love my food and was dreaming of a decent meal, a bit of chocolate afterwards wouldn’t go amiss either.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

When I was rushed into the hospital on the back of some blood tests which confirmed I had obstetric cholestatis, a pregnancy related liver disorder that causes a build up of bile acids in your body, it all made sense to how my body had been reacting to food. It wasn’t a nice environment for the baby so I was induced there and then and ten hours later my gorgeous baby boy Beau was born.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

As soon as he was born it was as if the hungry lion inside of me was awakened and it started roaring incessantly. As Beau’s arrival was so quick in the end there was no time for me to have the epidural I had promised myself which had the bonus of an immediate recovery of my senses. The first day of Cole’s life I spent in a complete blur due the epidural even though it had saved me copious amounts of pain. So senses intact my body knew exactly what it wanted. Food. And lots of it.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be enjoying food again. I am eating whole meals without any repercussions, carbs are my friend again and I am even indulging in the odd bit of sugar here and there (okay, more here than there).

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

These Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones are one of my little indulgences which I am going to allow myself this Easter. I had been practising the recipe in the week leading up to Beau’s birth but it’s only now that I have allowed myself a whole scone, not just a nibble for tasting purposes, and they are such a lovely treat. They are gluten-free and packed with loads of dark chocolate chips, sultanas, currants, cinnamon and mixed spice with a luxurious drizzle of white chocolate for good measure. The idea is that they emulate a hot cross bun but in scone form and they are a really lovely alternative if you are hot cross bunned out. Perfect for Easter brunch.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

The best way to eat them is warm from the oven with lashings of whipped cream cheese piled on top. They are also yummy with a bit of salted butter or even just by themselves with a cup of tea.

To be honest, I am trying them every which way, I am just so excited to be eating yummy food again, and with a babe in arms too. Life is pretty good.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

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Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}
Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones are gluten-free and richly packed with dark chocolate chips, sultanas, currants, spiced with cinnamon and drizzled with white chocolate for a luxurious Easter Brunch
Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9 scones
Ingredients
  • 180 g sweet rice flour
  • 120 g gluten-free oat flour
  • 35 g tapioca flour
  • 75 g cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground mixed spice
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 150 g cold unsalted butter sliced thinly
  • 135 g caster sugar
  • 150 g dark chocolate chips
  • 115 g sultanas
  • 50 g currants
  • zest 1 orange
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 ml whole milk
  • 75 g white chocolate
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9 scones
Ingredients
  • 180 g sweet rice flour
  • 120 g gluten-free oat flour
  • 35 g tapioca flour
  • 75 g cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground mixed spice
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 150 g cold unsalted butter sliced thinly
  • 135 g caster sugar
  • 150 g dark chocolate chips
  • 115 g sultanas
  • 50 g currants
  • zest 1 orange
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 ml whole milk
  • 75 g white chocolate
Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Sift the flours with the cocoa powder, mixed spice, baking powder and salt, then drop in the butter, rubbing together to form a breadcrumb texture.
  3. Stir in the caster sugar, chocolate chips, sultanas, currants, orange and lemon zest until evenly distributed then add the eggs mixing well.
  4. Pour the milk little by little into the mixture, bringing together with a wooden spoon. You may not need all the milk.
  5. To finish bringing the dough together turn out onto a clean work surface and using your hands gently turn the mixture round and round. Carry on turning the dough a little longer until it forms a smooth dough but is still slightly sticky.
  6. Press the dough out into an even round 1 inch thick.
  7. Cut out the scones using 78mm round cutter.
  8. Place the scones on a large non-stick baking tray and brush the top of each scone lightly with milk
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and leave on a wire rack to cool.
  11. Once the scones are cool, melt the white chocolate in a bain marie or a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.
  12. Pour the melted chocolate into a small piping bag, or a clear food bag with the end snipped off and drizzle over the scones. Leave to set for half an hour.
  13. The scones are best eaten on the day of baking.

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This recipe uses sweet rice flour and I have finally found a brand which is 100% certified gluten-free. I have no idea why it’s so difficult to get in the UK but I use sweet rice flour a lot so this was a real find. The brand is yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Sweet Rice Flour (glutinous) 1kg

Gluten-free oat flour is thankfully a lot easier to get hold of but you will still have to order it from Amazon. I order it in bulk since it’s one of my favourite flours and the brand is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour 400 g (Pack of 4)

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Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf {gluten-free}

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf was the first gluten-free cake I developed for the cake stall three years ago. It is a firm favourite amongst my customers and ever since its creation I have never failed to include it as part of my weekly menu at the market. It is always the first to sell out and the one which provokes the most conversation with my customers.

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

I don’t know why I have waited so long to write about my Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle, I guess I wanted to do it justice as it’s my most requested recipe. I’m glad I waited this long though as the photographs were finally taken in collaboration with Tara from Fork & Dram as part of our food styling day last month. Tara is an amazing photographer and stylist and has been of invaluable help in focusing the look of my photography.

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

I have limited time to work on the website these days as I am a full-time mum to Cole during the week and bake and work on the market stall at the weekends. Pockets of time where I can make and photograph my food specifically for the website are like gold dust. Tara has helped me understand how I can achieve photos I can be proud of efficiently and without any complicated set-ups or props.

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

I was thrilled then that Tara helped me capture the beauty of this cake. No to go all crazy-cake lady on you but this cake is kind of like my BFF. I can make this cake in my sleep, I never go to a market without it and it’s reliably delicious. That’s not to say that it was the easiest recipe in the world to develop, on the contrary getting the cake to rise evenly without falling in the middle was a bit of a stumbling block at first but there are tricks to ensure perfect results every time.

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

Do follow the recipe precisely, mix the butter and sugar on a low-medium speed until light and fluffy which ensures a good rise and then when the cake is finally in the oven don’t open the door for at least the first 40 minutes. I do like to check on my cakes to make sure they are all nestled comfortably in the oven after the first 20 minutes but this cake has a tendency to fall like a sozzled sailor on a two day shore leave. Resist the temptation.

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

All the faffing is worth it though and to be honest even when the cake did fall, or didn’t rise properly, it was still amazing in flavour. Boy, does the Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle pack a punch. It made sense to me when I initially developed the recipe to add blueberries into a lemon drizzle. Blueberries provide such a delightful gentle counterbalance to the tang of citrus. But the cake is then taken stratospheric with the inclusion of peppery aromatic Basil. Lemons, fresh blueberries and basil are all added into the cake batter and then dredged over the top of the just baked cake to form the signature drizzle.

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

The recipe method was originally inspired by the lemon drizzle cake featured in Outsider Tart’s cookbook Baked in America which is one of my favourite baking books. The key to their Drizzle is to use an almond paste which imbues the cake with an unbeatably moist texture. The taste of the almonds is barely noticeable, especially with the over-the-top citrus notes, the fragrance of the basil and the gentle pop of blueberries.

The beauty of using an almond paste here also means you don’t have to use very much flour as the ground almonds in the paste do a lot of the work for you. So with only a scant amount of flour in the recipe, an easy shop bought gluten-free flour is more than fit for purpose.

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

I’m very happy to finally share my Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf and thank you to Tara from Fork & Dram for helping me bring the cake to life.

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

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Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf {gluten-free}
Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this everyday teatime cake is an absolute showstopper.
Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
10 slices
Ingredients
For the almond paste:
  • 110 g almonds
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
For the cake:
  • 28 g basil leaves removed and finely chopped
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 210 g caster sugar
  • 210 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 5 eggs
  • 150 g gluten-free plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 120 g blueberries
For the drizzle:
  • 80 g blueberries
  • 28 g basil leaves removed and finely chopped
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 175 g granulated sugar
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
10 slices
Ingredients
For the almond paste:
  • 110 g almonds
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
For the cake:
  • 28 g basil leaves removed and finely chopped
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 210 g caster sugar
  • 210 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 5 eggs
  • 150 g gluten-free plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 120 g blueberries
For the drizzle:
  • 80 g blueberries
  • 28 g basil leaves removed and finely chopped
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 175 g granulated sugar
Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C on the fan setting* and line and grease a 9 inch x 5 inch loaf tin.
  2. First make the almond paste by placing the almonds in a food processor and blitzing until finely ground. Add the caster sugar, golden syrup, vanilla extract and egg white and blitz again until a paste has formed. Set aside for a moment.
  3. Place the basil leaves, lemon zest and orange zest in a food mixer along with the sugar. Whisk for a few minutes together until fragrant.
  4. Add the butter, one cube at a time and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  5. Scrape the almond paste into the creamed butter and sugar and beat until combined.
  6. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  7. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt then beat it into the rest of the batter.
  8. Roll the blueberries around in the empty flour bowl so that they are gently coated with the remaining dusting of flour then stir into the batter.
  9. Pour into the cake tin, smoothing the top then bake for 60 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. To make the drizzle place the blueberries in a small saucepan with a dash of water and heat for about a couple of minutes until the blueberries are just beginning to soften but not so that they have burst. Leave to cool.
  11. Pour the blueberries into a medium sized bowl along with the lemon juice, basil leaves and granulated sugar. Mix together.
  12. Remove the cake from the tin onto a wire rack, making sure there is a baking tray underneath to catch the excess drizzle.
  13. Prick the cake all over with a cocktail stick and then spoon the drizzle over the cake.
  14. Leave to cool completely before serving.
Recipe Notes

*I find that due to the moistness of this cake that the fan setting helps set the cake a bit better. However, if you don’t have a fan setting on your oven then 180°C is fine for a conventional oven but do check after half an hour to make sure the top of the cake isn’t browning too much. If it is, then pop a piece of loose foil over the top of the cake.

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I have a few loaf tins but this Loaf Tin 2lb Alan Silverwood is my absolute favourite. It’s just a great size, slightly bigger than your average 2lb loaf tin so bear in mind for some recipes. It is made of anodised aluminium so conducts heat brilliantly, making the cake bake evenly all the way through. It’s really hard wearing and pretty much completely non-stick but has no coating. However because of the anodised aluminium you mustn’t put it in the dishwasher or it will ruin.

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Dark Chocolate and Banana Rye Bread

Dark Chocolate and Banana Rye Bread

This recipe is not yet gluten-free

Sometimes a cake shouldn’t be for celebration but should be made just because you want it and need it. This kind of cake is perfect for that purpose as it’s a quick mix, and although you might have to wait 50 minutes for it in the oven, as soon as it comes out there’s none of this cooling or pesky icing to deal with. I ate this one warm, the crumb hadn’t yet set so the texture was soft and toffee like. However, if you are not greedy and petulant like me then you can leave this cake and then leave it some more. The treacle, bananas and use of oil rather than butter mean that this cake will happily mature over a few days, it’s texture improving as the loaf gathers itself together and dampens with age. Although if you can leave this cake without going back for another slice every hour on the hour then you’re a stronger character than me.

Dark Chocolate and Banana Rye Bread

I made this cake in homage to the amazing chocolate banana rye bread that Nyborg’s have been doing lately. They have a market stall in Ally Pally and since I have been unable to attend Ally Pally farmers’ market recently (due to my treacherous defection to Falkland Road Market N8) I had to console myself by coming up with this recipe.

Now this isn’t a bread like the one Nyborg’s sell, since I’m not a bread baker by any stretch of the imagination, it’s more of a teatime loaf cake. A chewy, dense, malty, sticky teatime loaf cake which warms your insides and is totally moreish. Now that Autumn has muscled its way in I have been naturally turning to dark cakes with intensity. Black treacle and muscovado sugar are a natural fit with the robust rye crumb, as the bananas aid and abet the sticky licky loaf. I chose Lindt chocolate, which I wouldn’t normally bake with, to scatter throughout, as I love the large flat pieces of chocolate which gently melt in the oven but are kept in gooey pockets throughout the loaf.

Dark Chocolate and Banana Rye Bread

This cake is definitely made for the kind of weather I’m seeing right now. This week, not only have I unarchived my winter coat but I’ve also been sticking the heating on left right and centre, basically as soon as my husband leaves the house as he’s under the impression that if it ain’t December, then we make do with jumpers. The bitter winds and cold rain have come and sucked all the life out of our morning and evening walks with the puppy. As encouragement to make it out in the soggy chilled air, I definitely need this kind of treat to welcome me back into my centrally heated house, with a good strong cup of builders on the side.

Dark Chocolate and Banana Rye Bread

Dark Chocolate and Banana Rye Bread

3 ripe bananas, mashed
80ml Coconut oil
80g Black Treacle
80g Light Brown Muscovado Sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
185g Rye Flour
40g Cocoa
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
60g Lindt Dark Chocolate pieces, kept in their squares

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C and lightly grease and line a 9 inch loaf tin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat together the bananas, coconut oil, treacle, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. In another mix sift together the rye flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until only just combine. Fold in the pieces of dark chocolate.
  5. Pour the cake batter into the loaf tin then bake in the oven for about 50 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before removing from the tin to finish cooling on a rack.