English scones are so tasty and easy to make that I usually bake one or two different kinds of them when I have friends for dinner. Because they usually contain cheese and butter, I’ve made some substitutions in order to create their vegan versions. For example in order to make vegan cheesy scones, I use a vegan cheddar-like cheese and olive oil instead of butter and they are amazing! Based on my experience, I strongly believe that one could eat the whole recipe until lunch, especially if they are freshly baked and hot with melty vegan cheese and this appealing flavor.
But this recipe is not about cheese, it’s about pesto! The other day I made rocket pesto, but we did not use it all. As I wanted to do something with the remaining sauce, I thought that pesto would work great in a scone recipe. I was somehow anxious about the outcome, as I had to find the right proportions of the ingredients that would make them fluffy, tasty and fragrant; so I hardly expected them to cool a little for the first gastronomic test!
These vegan pesto scones are fluffy, fragrant and delicious -excellent for brunch, for lunch or for dinner! You can even prepare the mixture several hours earlier and bake them just before.
(for 6 medium scones)
- ½ cup pesto sauce (basil or rocket)
- ½ cup soy milk (any other vegan milk will work too)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp soda
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- In a bowl mix the flour with the salt, pepper, baking soda and baking powder.
- In another bowl mix the soy milk with the pesto sauce. Pour slowly in the second mixture the flour mixture while mixing with the mixer (or by hand).
- Knead for a few minutes until the dough is soft but not sticky.
- Form a ball with the dough, cover with a plastic wrap and set aside to rest for ½ hour.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 2 ½ -3 cm.
- Using a small metal ring form 6 scones. If metal rings not available, use a glass or a cup or shape them with your hands instead.
- Arrange scones in a baking pan covered with parchment paper.
- Brush their surface with soy (or other) milk and bake in preheated oven at 200 oC for 20 minutes or until golden and serve preferably hot. Enjoy them with some homemade nut cheese!