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Gluten-free, Dairy-free Cranberry-Orange Sourdough Scones


Scones are the slightly sweet cousin to the biscuit, and this gluten-free and dairy-free sourdough version makes a delicious treat for brunch or an afternoon tea. This recipe can be adapted in many ways with flavorings like raisin-cinnamon or blueberry-lemon.

Note that butter and cream can be used if desired.


  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 6 tablespoons solid coconut oil or butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk or cream
  • ½ cup gluten-free sourdough starter
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine flours with xanthan gum and whisk to combine. 
  2. Using a pastry cutter, cut coconut oil into flour mixture until it becomes crumbly, the size of small peas.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the egg, then whisk in the coconut milk and gluten-free sourdough starter. Pour into the flour mixture and mix with a fork until a dough begins to form. 
  4. Knead the dough with clean hands in the bowl until it comes together in a cohesive mass. The dough may be sticky at this point.
  5. Cover the dough and sour 4-12 hours. There will be no noticeable tang at first, but the dough will develop a noticeable sourdough flavor.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425° F. 
  7. In a small bowl, combine the dried cranberries, zest, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Sprinkle over the dough. 
  8. Knead dough to mix ingredients in for a couple of minutes by folding the dough over itself over and over again.
  9. Once the fruit and dry ingredients are incorporated, sprinkle a work surface with tapioca flour. Move the dough to the floured surface and sprinkle more tapioca flour over it if the dough is quite sticky. Knead a few times, adding more flour as needed, forming a slightly sticky yet cohesive dough.
  10. Pat the dough out into a 1-inch thick circle. Cut the dough into eight triangular scones or use a biscuit cutter to cut scones into desired shape.
  11. Carefully transfer these to a cast-iron skillet or baking sheet. The dough will still be fragile so take care. Leave 1-2 inches of space between scones, as they will expand.
  12. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until the tops are firm and the bottoms are golden brown. 
  13. Remove from oven. Cool on pan for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

These scones become more sturdy as they cool, but are delicious still warm from the oven.


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