We had a hankering for cinnamon buns with their heart warming, amazing aroma that fills the entire house, not just the kitchen. It’s such a warm and cosy smell, ideal for bringing a little light and spice to a dreary old day. But cinnamon buns do take a while to make, you need time for the dough to prove twice, so it’s not a rush job that can be quickly assembled in time for an impromptu tea, and definitely not ideal during a jam-packed summer holiday.
These cinnamon scones, on the other hand, are a complete doddle to make, and also fill the house with lovely sweet cinnamon aromas; they taste mighty fine too! Probably not one to add jam to, but a smidgen of dairy-free margarine, or for a proper cream tea effect – a swirl of dairy-free cream such as Soyatoo and you have a tea fit for Royalty. I gave my scones a drizzle of white water icing to give a truly authentic appearance, but they’re just as lovely with a light sprinkle of the sugar and cinnamon mix before baking, giving a lovely craggy and crispy top – yum!
Cinnamon Swirl Scones
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)
220g plain flour
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsps dairy-free margarine
2 tbsp caster sugar
150ml dairy-free milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade. Grease and flour a baking sheet
- Mix together the tsp of cinnamon and tbsp brown sugar and set aside
- Rub the margarine into the flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir in the sugar. Pour in the oat milk and very gently bring together to form a very soft dough.
- Pat out into a large circle, sprinkle over most of the sugar and cinnamon mix [keep aside enough to sprinkle on the tops], then roll the dough into a sausage shape to encase the sugar. Pat out with your fingers and stamp out circles.
- Place on the baking sheet , brush with oat milk and sprinkle over the remaining sugar and cinnamon.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack and then drizzle with water icing, if desired.