Cherry Scones and Fondue Night

This morning I made allergy-friendly scones by adapting a recipe from my favorite Betty Crocker cookbook. I used a new ingredient from our local grocery store—bigarreaux confit rouges (red candied cherries). Instead of grated lemon peel, I put in one teaspoon of freshly grated ginger.

 

Cherry-Ginger Scones

1/3 cup margarine (I use Coop’s vegetable-based “Prix Garantie” margarine)
1 1/4 cups white or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup candied cherries**
6 tablespoons of soy milk

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees (200 degrees Celsius).

2. Whisk together dry ingredients and grated fresh ginger. Cut the margarine in the mixture into small pieces with a pastry blender, fork or pair of knives.

3. Mix separately the flax meal and water and let sit for a few minutes until it takes on a gelatinous consistency. Stir the flax meal mixture and candied cherries with dry ingredients, along with the soy milk.

4. Gently handle the dough and pat into a round disk, about ½ inch thick on a floured surface. Cut into 8 scones and place on parchment paper-lined or ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Bake 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.

*Grated orange or lemon peel would also work.
**If you can’t find candied cherries, you can easily substitute something like fresh/frozen blueberries, dried cranberries or raisins, etc.

 

Enjoying Swiss Fondue

Last night, we went out sans kiddos and enjoyed cheese fondue at a neighborhood restaurant. It was my first experience with Swiss fondue, which I would never attempt to eat at the same table with my dairy-allergic son. We received a big basket of bread chunks that we skewered with long-handled forks. Then, we drowned the bread in a bubbling pot of nutty-flavored cheese, spiked with big pieces of garlic. Accompanied by a local white wine, it was a delicious meal and a rare opportunity for us to savor a big pot of cheese.

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4 thoughts on “Cherry Scones and Fondue Night

  1. Marla says:

    I don’t know how close you live to Gruyere, but a visit is definitely in order. Without your dairy allergic son, of course. Besides the standard Swiss fondue, there is also the equally cheesy, equally standard Swiss raclette. But in my opinion, the best part is the dessert. Thick Swiss cream served with berries and meringue… My mouth is watering just thinking about it. And knowing that I won’t be able to go there brings a tear to my eye…..

    • dairyfreeswitzerland says:

      We haven’t been to Gruyere yet, nor have we tried raclette. Both are on our to-do list though. The dessert also sounds great. So many wonderful options. When we go, my son unfortunately won’t be able to enjoy the food, but at least he’ll have fun seeing the cows. 🙂

  2. sandy.shaw@mac.com says:

    Hi Heddi, That sounds like fun…the romantic evening eating cheese fondue! You must have found a babysitter or is that globe-trotting Mara there? I have voted for you twice and when I try to vote more it says I have already voted! I will keep trying. You are a good writer! We took care of Asa overnight last weekend and had a good time together. I think he and Hendrik would have fun together. Asa still falls and gets bruises too. Toddlers are a tough lot! xo Sandra

    • dairyfreeswitzerland says:

      Thanks so much, Sandra! The in-laws are here now, and we’re so happy to see them. We hope the cousins will come and visit us next. 🙂

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